5G wireless networks are just starting to gain traction in recent years, but as always, wireless communication companies continue to look to the future and are already thinking about the next generation of data technology.
Next-generation (6G) technology will likely be 100 times faster than 5G. However, the benefits go far beyond speed. 6G will be a fully integrated system that will enable instant communications between devices, consumers and the surrounding environment. 6G-enabled enterprise technologies will transform the way companies process information, communicate, make decisions and train their employees.
This new technology will spark exciting and innovative use cases and major social changes and also present new challenges.
Let’s see how the next 6G technology will transform the workplace.
What to expect from widespread 6G
What does widespread 6G look like and what major updates will we experience when this technology is implemented?
First, 6G will ignite the metaverse. While the metaverse is a buzzword in computing circles today, not even 5G can provide the bandwidth needed for real-time, rendered, personalized 3D worlds. But 6G will be able to deliver that speed and bandwidth, allowing tech giants to create an immersive, persistent, and fully integrated virtual metaverse.
Additionally, 6G technology will lead to an even wider range of smart devices in the market. Our society will have many more internet-connected devices that can collect and transmit data.
This ubiquitous intelligence and the extended Internet of Things (IoT) will create seamless connectivity between daily life and the Internet.
How a 6G rollout could change the way we work
Here are some predictions of what 6G could mean for the workplaces of the future:
Improving how we connect online
Instead of spending hours on 2D Zoom meetings or Teams, we will meet in 3D digital spaces, where our avatars will have “real” eye contact. We will be able to meet in groups and even express body language in real time.
If we need to have a one-on-one meeting, we can simply turn off all participants and find a quiet virtual space to connect. And if you want to visit a factory or try out a product, you can simply “fly” or “teleport” to a digital twin and experience it from there.
Training the workers of the future with virtual reality and augmented reality
With 6G technology, companies will deliver immersive virtual reality and augmented reality training experiences that will streamline knowledge transfer between teams and boost knowledge retention.
Aerospace and engineering conglomerate Honeywell is already using augmented reality and virtual reality to enhance its training efforts. The company equips new employees with mixed reality headsets and allows them to “see” the work of other employees. As new hires mimic tasks, VR and AR technology overlays information that guides them through their learning.
Discover the new world of social networks
Instead of visiting someone’s 2D profile on a smartphone, with 6G connectivity, we’ll be using mixed reality glasses to visit people’s 3D worlds, rendered in real time and personalized just for us.
For example, we could visit someone’s virtual home and admire their 3D-rendered art and vacation memories. Or we can meet our new and existing social media connections on a virtual planet for a fireside chat.
The transformation of health
6G technology will revolutionize the world of health. With super-fast data speeds, we’ll have smart sensors floating through our bloodstream and monitoring and measuring all aspects of our health.
These connected devices will continuously collect data and analyze information to make recommendations and predict health issues before they arise. We will also see smart devices capable of delivering physical assistance and medicine, backed by digital representations of ourselves that are continuously updated online.
With these new advances, our healthcare industry will move from its reactive approach to a predictive and personalized model. It will revolutionize the way we take care of our health in the future and will have a major impact on everyone working in healthcare today.
Hit the road with 6G
With 6G connectivity, we will have real-time 4D maps that can help us manage the extreme traffic of our future cities, including autonomous vehicles on the ground (and even in the air!). Your ride will improve with the help of highly accurate sensors in vehicles and at base stations that can navigate and give you the fastest, most comfortable ride.
The workplace of the future with 6G
The bottom line is that 6G is coming – possibly as early as 2030 – and it will have a huge impact on the way we work.
With development accelerating in areas such as meetings, workplace training, social media, healthcare and transportation, we are heading towards an incredible array of 6G use cases that will improve the lives of people all over the world.
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