How 5G Aids the Top Big Data Technologies

How 5G Aids the Top Big Data Technologies
September 17, 2019 16 Comments Uncategorized Jack Stephens

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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  1. 1

    Steve

    It is truly amazing how much technology has advanced in leaps and bounds even over the course of my lifetime, which at 33 years old, isn’t really that old. I can’t imagine what someone in their 70’s, 80’s, or even 90’s thinks of the world today. The speed at which we move and look to move in the future is really incredible. Knowledge is literally at our fingertips in a matter of seconds. It’s at once exciting, but also makes me a little anxious with how powerful tech is becoming. 

    Thanks for the really interesting article!

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      Jack

      You are right, Steve, technology and scientific advances are occurring at a tremendously rapid rate. I am 67 but my previous career kept me aware of and trained in the latest changes in online advertising. I am sure the rate of change has increased in that field as well. The advent of 5G will touch more areas of our lives than we may think. Thanks for your comments.

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    C

    Thank you Jack for this great article. 5G is so interesting because it will give us so many more possibilities of technology in the future. I pinned one of the graphics on Pinterest because it was really nice. The one with the box and the blue numbers on the black background. The other one at the end with the handshake and the computer was really cool too.

    Will you need to get a new laptop or a new cell phone to be compatible with 5G? Or will they make it so 5G works on all of the existing laptops and cell phones? Thanks!

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      Jack

      Yes, you will need a 5G compatible device to benefit directly from 5G. But if your router is 5G, you can use your home wifi to connect to it. The speed will come into the router and your device may have enhanced speed as a result. But make sure to read the other pages and posts on my site if you really want to understand 5G. The benefits go far beyond cell phone speed. Thanks for your comments.

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    grea8J

    Bookmarked. Lovely write up. And welcome to 5G! That is super enhancement for artificial intelligence. I have always wondered ‘how in the world technology is making these possibilities, such as processing online transactions in less than a second. This post makes me understand better the concept of big data and it also makes me appreciate 5G better. Thanks, Jack.

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      Jack

      You are welcome. Keep watching. I have several subjects in the pipeline as new information becomes available. Thanks for your comments!

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    Thabo

    I am glad I stumbled upon this website. I have never heard of 5G but this has really opened my eyes in terms of what artificial intelligence has to offer.
    Has this been operational for years or it has just started recently. I am guessing it has started now because in my country we have never heard of.

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      Jack Stephens

      I wish you had mentioned your country in your comment. I know some areas of the world are still using 2G and 3G, so even 4G would be a boost for you. 5G has been under development for quite some time, but it is now ready for widespread use in many different fields of activity. Industry, the medical arena, commercial uses, telecommunications, internet, agriculture and many more will all feel the effects and the great advantages of 5G technology. If your area hasn’t converted to 4G, you will have to wait a bit. The infrastructure that will enable it will be longer coming to your country than to others. But don’t despair. Almost every month, I hear the estimates of when 5G will be available become shorter and shorter as most businesses that will be using it rush to make the change. Just hop online and search “5G”. That should help acquaint you with the whole concept.

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    Danijel

    Hello Jack, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. My friend told me about 5G but honestly, I did not believe in it. Technology is truly improving more and more and I can’t imagine what will be made in 5 or 10 years but for now, this sounds pretty interesting. I must check the 5G phones!

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      Jack

      Thanks, Danijel. If you haven’t already, read more on my site. I wlll be adding more and more articles to show the progress in adopting 5G to an ever-increasing number of areas of life. The most visible way we are prone to think of it is in cell phones, but there is so much more.

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    Dolapo

    I think you have mentioned tremendous benefits of big data and 5g However, what 5G offers today, how it’s deployed and what the 5G landscape is going to look like in the next 2–3 years, will be vastly different. In fact, at the risk of using cliches,  indeed 5G New Radio technology is poised to be disruptive.That said, this next generation of wireless network technology will also be an enabler across a myriad of industries and applications, and in all likelihood spur all-new use cases as well.

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      Jack

      Agreed. Even now, the multitude of applications that will benefit from 5G are expanding. This is why throughout my site I am trying to make it clear that 5G is going to be a major game changer that will touch our lives in many ways, known or unknown. Thanks for your input.

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    Jennifer

    I read more about big data and 5g and I found that there are multiple different types of 5G technology that will be deployed by the various carriers, but in short, the technology is all about much larger slices of available spectrum and massive scale in capacity. The FCC defines 5G spectrum in four primary bands but I have little or no idea about it.  Can you help me on that? 

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      Jack

      The research I have done refers to the military range (6 to 100 GHz) with 96 GHz being specifically used in a “weaponized” way. There are 3 other bands of 5G. These others for “civilian” use are eBB (enhanced Mobile Broad Band), URLLC (Ultra Reliable Low-Latency Communications) and MMTC (Massive Machine Type Communications). URLLC is used for autonomous vehicles and in industry.  MMTC is primarily used for various types of sensors. Think of it as being somewhat like infrared or laser motion sensors for instance.    

      eBB, the band used for cell phones, is the one where all the concern is being directed. It uses frequencies in the 600 MHz to 6 GHz range as well as from 24 to 86 GHz. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? 

      The main problem with the argument that “5G in cell phones is dangerous because the military uses it too” is pretty straight forward. The frequency is not the issue. It is the strength of the transmission. Think of it like this. If you run your hand under water from a faucet, it doesn’t harm you. If you were to put your hand in front of a firehose, or even moreso in the stream of water that can cut through solid panels of wood or other hard material, you will suffer discomfort, pain and/or injury. The strength of signal being used for cell phones is infinitesimal compared to what is used in the other types of 5G mentioned above, and is definitely tiny compared to the “weaponized” version.

      Another example is “light”. If it is night and you turn on a light switch, you can see. If you step outside in the sunlight and use a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s light, you can burn objects. Cell phones using 5G is like the light bulb light. The other aspects of 5G range in strength from a bit stronger to, in some applications, quite a bit more powerful. But these are not germaine to cell phone technology or transmission.

      Remember too that 5G’s millimeter wavelengths cannot penetrate our skin. So sunlight offers more danger than 5G.

      You wouldn’t ban faucets because they emit water, would you? So it is with 5G for cell phones. I know this may oversimplify things, but I hope it helps.

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    Benjamin

    The most important promise made by the proprietors of 5G wireless technology is that the telecommunications service providers, the transmission equipment makers, the antenna manufacturers, and even the server manufacturers for Once all of 5G’s components are fully deployed and operational, you will not need any kind of wire or cable to deliver communications or even entertainment service to your mobile device but what will happen to our reliable old connections? 

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      Jack

      I don’t think 5G will do away totally with wires or cable, especially fiber optic cable. The main benefit is in the transmission stage of telecommunications. Old wire/cable systems like co-axial cable may still have some use, but will be outdated. You just can’t get the speed and low latency offered by 5G from this old technology. Fiber optic cable will be part of the picture, however, since maintaining 5G’s speed and low latency will require “speed of light” transmission in some applications. The old will pass away as the new arrives.

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