The advent of mobile communication has undoubtedly changed the world. You can order a pizza, call for emergency services, make a bank transfer, give input in a meeting, or complete school or work assignments anywhere and anytime, all with a handheld device. But while mobile technology has been revolutionizing our way of life, it hasn’t stayed the same. Each succeeding generation of mobile technology has offered further advantages, but not all of us have been able to adapt to new iterations of this technology as quickly and efficiently as we might have hoped.

5G technology is the latest generation of mobile communication technology that promises to deliver better results and more use opportunities than its predecessor, 4G. 5G technology is expected to enable a wide range of new applications for a wide range of industries, including:

If you work in any of these industries, read on to see how Simon IoT can help you implement new mobile technologies that will meet some of your most specific needs. We’ll discuss some different 5G use cases and the specific benefits of 5G technology.

How Is 5G Different?

Before we dive into some specific 5G use cases, it will be helpful to understand the general benefits of 5G technology and how it differs from 4G technology. 

Compared to 4G, 5G uses higher-frequency radio waves and advanced antenna technology to provide faster data transfer rates and more reliable connections, and improved network efficiency. This translates to faster internet speeds — up to 10 Gbps — lower latency or delay in data transfer, and greater capacity, which means 5G can support a larger number of connected devices and create better IoT networks.

All of these advantages will help do away with the need for many special-purpose networks, which will help streamline technology for many companies. These advantages also enable more private 5G networks to be implemented, with more options for increased security and customized control.

With the ability to process more data and deliver insights in real time, 5G can more easily enable AI technologies. With faster download and upload speeds and better coverage, 5G also offers better mobile service that has the ability to reach remote and challenging areas. Additionally, 5G technology enables faster computing, providing faster access to data and insights for businesses.

What Are Some Use Cases for 5G?

Not all businesses need 5G, but if you need broad coverage, quick data transfers, and great network efficiency, 5G can make all the difference. Let’s take a look at a few specific 5G use cases that Simon IoT can help you with.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) refers to any network of connected devices, sensors, and machines in an industrial setting that are capable of exchanging data and information with each other. This technology is designed to improve efficiency, productivity, and safety in industrial environments by allowing machines and equipment to communicate with each other and with their operators in real-time. 

5G can be helpful here, as it allows the IIoT to more easily collect and analyze data from a business’s operations, which can help them better optimize their processes, leverage supply chains, track assets, and improve overall performance. Since 5G technology enables high-speed communication with low latency, this technology can also reduce the risk of dead zones across manufacturing infrastructures. 

When incorporated into an IIoT deployment, 5G also enables more precise performance and productivity monitoring, allows for preventative maintenance control to decrease downtime, and provides robotics control with little to no interference.

Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles are self-driving cars equipped with sensors, cameras, and advanced control systems that enable them to navigate roads and highways without human intervention. These vehicles use artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to sense their surroundings, interpret traffic signs, and communicate with other vehicles on the road. They can make decisions in real-time, such as accelerating, braking, and changing lanes, based on the traffic conditions and environment. 

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to reduce human error, increase road safety, and improve traffic flow, as well as reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In order to achieve these goals, the autonomous vehicle industry is rapidly evolving, and 5G technology is a key enabler. 

Hastened by 5G, real-time weather features can help redirect vehicles in route, improving safety and efficiency. Faster communication between vehicles can enable automatic tracking and security features, and 5G can help detect maintenance issues automatically. Additionally, 5G technology can allow for enhanced navigation features, which can benefit both passenger and cargo vehicles.

Smart Cities

Smart cities are urban areas that leverage technology and data to create more livable and resilient communities that improve the quality of life of their residents. They use connected devices, sensors, and automation to optimize the use of resources, reduce costs, and enhance sustainability. 

5G technology plays a vital role in helping smart cities reach these goals. Through 5G, smart cities can monitor traffic patterns, air quality, and energy usage to make data-driven decisions that improve efficiency and reduce waste. They can also offer services such as public Wi-Fi, as well as smart transportation systems, and intelligent waste management through fleet tracking.


The agriculture industry is leveraging 5G technology to optimize farming practices. 5G sensors can monitor levels of moisture, growth, disease, etc. within fields of crops, providing valuable data to farmers. These sensors can also monitor the health of livestock and gather data on inventory levels for feed, fertilizer, chemicals, and more. Crop storage optimization through data tracking is another benefit of 5G technology in agriculture.


The retail industry is using 5G technology to enhance the shopping experience. Virtual carts instead of physical aisles of products, automatic inventory tracking, and real-time shipment updates are all made possible by 5G technology. 

Augmented reality is another exciting application of 5G technology in retail. Customers can view furniture, decor, and other products in the space of their own homes through the use of augmented reality technology before they make a purchase.


The education industry is using 5G technology to improve the delivery of education. 5G technology can provide stable internet access for students at school and home using larger antennas that can reach students’ homes for at-home learning. 

5G can also offer blanket coverage that reaches even outdoor areas and ensure separate student and staff coverage based on the needs of specific schools. 5G also provides quality coverage for security tools such as cameras, which can enhance school security.

No matter what industry you’re in, 5G technology has a wide range of benefits for IoT devices. With faster and more reliable connectivity, 5G will enable IoT devices to transmit data faster and more efficiently, resulting in better performance and a more responsive user experience. Additionally, 5G will support a massive increase in the number of connected devices, allowing for a more extensive network of sensors and devices to be deployed. Finally, 5G will provide the low latency and high bandwidth required for real-time data processing, enabling IoT devices to operate more intelligently and autonomously.
All of these benefits will enable the creation of more sophisticated and comprehensive IoT applications, from smart homes to industrial automation systems. If you are interested in learning more about how 5G can enhance your specific business operations, contact Simon IoT to learn more about 5G IoT.