Samsung Electronics has created a ‘5G City’ at its headquarters in Suwon, Korea, demonstrating what life might be like when next generation connectivity is rolled out.
Located within the company’s ‘Digital City’, the 5G City is made up of three parts: the ‘5G Stadium’, the ‘5G Connectivity Node’ and the ‘5G Kiosk’.
The 5G Stadium is a sports stadium for the 5G era. Samsung’s demonstration shows how massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technology can enable crowds of people to simultaneously stream high-definition (HD) video without any delays or interruptions. As well as sports events, this could be used at concerts and conferences.
The 5G Connectivity Node allows CCTV cameras, digital signage and sensors in a smart city to be connected through 5G and other technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee, increasing network capacity. Samsung’s demonstration uses eight HD CCTV cameras and video analysis software to detect the driving speeds of cars and when pedestrians walk on the road. In the future, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies could be used to deploy smarter city control services.
5G Kiosks provide hotspots that allow for super-fast downloads of 1-3Gbps, which means that a 500MB file can be downloaded in just five to six seconds. The 5G Kiosk zone enables new services such as map downloads and large software updates for autonomous vehicles, and HD video entertainment for passengers.
Samsung’s Digital City also hosts an exhibition on 5G commercialisation, featuring technologies including 3.5GHz and 28GHz communication equipment and 5G-powered next generation use cases such as augmented reality.