How 5G Aids the Top Big Data Technologies
What is Big Data?
When you go to a store and make a purchase, you will often get, along with your receipt, a coupon or other printed offer for something you either just bought or for something in the same category of product. And this happens almost instantaneously. It is ready for you as soon as you pay for your purchase. This technology has been with us for decades now, yet it still causes some of us to say “How in the world does that happen?” That, my friend, is an example of Big Data. And in this post, I will be showing how 5G aids the top Big Data technologies.
Big Data, simply put, is the gathering of information from multiple sources, storing that information and retrieving it rapidly and efficiently to accomplish specific needs. So when you experience it at the store, Big Data makes it possible for the store and its vendors to read your purchases, compare them to your past spending habits, your particular interests and frequency of buying and perhaps a host of other factors from your consumer buying “trail” and place a related offer right in front of you to aid you in getting what the businesses involved assume you may need. And, of course, they hope you will buy what they have to offer. That is just smart marketing.
Bigger and Bigger
But that is a truly simplistic example. That technology is not new. As I said, it has been around for decades. But as with everything else around us, it is growing, expanding and getting more complex by the moment. The world is changing at an ever-increasing rate.
Businesses are constantly trying to keep abreast of changes. They are also the catalysts of change since competition in the marketplace requires innovation, accurate information regarding consumers, the ability to meet needs more efficiently than other companies and having a finger on the pulse of societal trends, just to name a few. The more data sources there are, the more consumers there are to track, the more competitors a business must deal with, the more need there is to increase in efficiency of production, services and delivery. The result is more need for Big Data.
Big Data’s thirst for input is unquenchable. Every day, demographics change. Political climates change. Medical breakthroughs occur that necessitate changes in treatment and procedures. The need for accurate information delivered as close to instantaeously as possible are a fact of life for us. This isn’t your grandpa’s world anymore.
Big Data’s Voracious Appetite
Because of this endless growth in the need for data, we find ourselves relying more and more on advances in technology every day. In another part of my site, I used the example of a surgeon operating via robotic surgery on a patient on another continent. If you were that patient, you might have been glad that the medical field had advanced to the point that the remote procedure was possible, but I doubt very much that you would want a lag between what the surgeon is snipping and what the robotic machine does on your end as you lay on the operating table.
The doctor needs accurate feedback and response from all the devices involved in completing your surgery successfully. He needs to know how your blood pressure is reacting, how you are breathing, whether your incision is bleeding or not – so many bits of information are needed instantaneously. And he needs this information without lag. Big Data makes this possible as well.
In industry and even in defense, robots and drones are being utilized in ways that weren’t even thought about a few years ago. Now, some of their current functions and capabilities which were only subjects of science fiction are almost commonplace, and the abilities of these devices will only increase in the future. How do they do what they do? Big Data. Imagine how much data is needed to keep a drone flying and on course if it meets obstacles in its way. The ability to avoid birds or power lines is built into its programming and that in turn comes from its connection to some other stored information to which it is wirelessly connected. The need to improvise on a mission is imperative.
The examples are manifold and are far beyond the scope of this simple post. Suffice to say, the more we require information to run our lives or our businesses, the more we need access to Big Data. The more a company has access to data regarding its operation, its competitors’ businesses and ways to efficiently run, the more likely that company is to stay ahead, grow and adapt in order to stay in business.
Big Data Needs Big Capability
Let’s focus on the business uses of Big Data. What does Big Data need to function? It needs to be able to consume various forms of data from every available source. Sources such as video, audio, electronic streaming, emails, news channels, bar codes, financial information, radar, radio transmissions and more. It needs to be able to sort, categorize and store all of this incoming information. It needs to do so rapidly without hesitation. It needs to read this information instantly and be able to export the appropriate information or responses just as quickly.
5G to the Rescue!
Even though Big Data has been around for as long as it has, it is nothing like it was ten or fifteen years ago. The sheer magnitude of sources of information and the flourishing amount of data in every area of our lives has reached the point of overwhelming all of the storage abilities and systems we have available.
On the very practical end of things, look how our memory sticks, SIM cards, CD-ROM disks and other memory devices have increased from megabytes to gigabytes to terabytes. And yet, for major data storage, even that isn’t enough. Along came the “Cloud” so your device didn’t have to store all your data onsite. But the need for more data input, storage, organization and utility has increased to the point that existing abilities to handle it all just haven’t been there.
Enter 5G! We have been talking on this site about the little sliver of 5G that will most readily affect the normal person. That use is in our cell phones. But 5G will now provide a virtually limitless capability for data to be categorized, filtered, examined, understood, and appropriately applied by all of mankind in expanding ways. No longer will capacity hit a ceiling. No more will latency in transmission and reception of our data be a problem. Our machines will serve us better. Our inventive nature will be enhanced and solutions to problems in every area of our existence will be found quicker, more accurately and with better implementation.
I have heard it said that we have in our current 4G cell phones more computing power than NASA had when they sent astronauts to the moon and back. With Big Data and 5G, imagine how much easier it will be for our next journey to the moon or beyond!
Return to Earth
Let’s get more practical and look at some of the outworkings of Big Data in the near future. Look for the day when you will be able to converse with your electronic device. Not just “Alexa, find an Italian restaurant near me”, but something more like “Alexa, what is the best deal I can get on a 2019 blue Nissan Maxima?” and have the reply, “How far out do you want me to look for dealerships?” and you reply “Oh, let’s say within fifty miles” and you get the response “I haven’t found any that match your description but there is a red one at Jones Automall. Do you want to call them, or shall I?” Exciting, huh? And Big Data coupled with 5G will make it happen.
You might think that sounds a little far-fetched. But I don’t think so. In fact, when it happens, remember where you heard about it. Right here. No thanks required, but I think I might reply, “See? I told you so.”
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