Space-enabled 5G can offer a multitude of benefits for numerous sectors. Here are areas that can be addressed:
Geo-referenced satellite images and ground sensors can monitor crop health by using high-speed 5G networks to rapidly analyse huge volumes of data.
Doctors making long-distance diagnoses can benefit from reliable communications via satellite and the ability to receive patient images in real time via 5G connection.
Satellite data complemented by in-situ measurements can help to monitor quality of the environment, manage the landscape and water levels, and improve resilience to disasters.
5G mobile connectivity and satellite coverage will improve data distribution to connected devices in the maritime, road, rail and aviation sectors. Vehicle-to-infrastructure communication requires uninterrupted coverage and redundancy, which can be supplied more economically with the help of satellites.
5G and space-based technologies will help unleash the next wave of smart grid features. Devices can be integrated into the grid through low cost connections and accurately monitored to support better forecasting of energy needs.
Illustration Photo: Sentinel-2A takes us over central-eastern Brazil – more specifically where the Bahia, Tocantins and Goiás states meet. Here we can see a large, flat plateau blanked with fields benefiting from rich soils and an apparent abundance of water, before falling off into a green, hilly valley (left). A distinctive feature in this image is the circles – mainly at the centre. These shapes were created by a central-pivot irrigation system, where a long water pipe rotates around a well at the centre of each plot. The varying colours show different types of crop, or different stages of growth. (Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA , CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)