How 5G Networks will Release the Power of the Internet of Things (IoT)
On Tuesday, 23 July 2019, China Construction Bank executives had the pleasure of having Dr Des McLernon, Reader in Signal Processing from the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeds, give them a talk entitled ‘How 5G Networks will Release the Power of the Internet of Things (IoT)’ where he aimed to introduce to the executives on how 5G will enable the Internet of Things. Dr McLernon is an eminent researcher in signal processing. He received his B.Sc in electronic and electrical engineering and his MSc in electronics, both from the Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland. He then worked on radar systems research and development with Ferranti Ltd in Edinburgh, Scotland and later, he joined Imperial College, University of London, where he obtained his PhD in signal processing. His research interests are broadly within the domain of signal processing for wireless communications (in which area he has published over 330 journal and conference papers). He has supervised over 50 PhD students and is associate editor of IET journal “Signal Processing”.
In the first half his talk, Dr McLernon gave the executives a brief history of cellular communications which spanned 3 centuries; from the morse telegraph in 1844, to the modern smartphone in 2019 which is a combination of a variety of technologies. Despite the innovation and technological advances, Dr McLernon presented the problem that this technology presented – the limitation of the bandwidth and processing speed. As a potential answer to the problem, Dr McLernon presented to the executives the how 5G can help. In particular, he noted the 3 important 5G specifications, namely enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communications (mMTC), and ultra reliable, low latency connections (URLLC), can play a part in alleviating the problem posed by the limited bandwidth and processing speed.
In the second half of his talk, Dr McLernon presented the business case for the Internet of Things as well as its applications. To bring home the point, he took the executives through a number of case studies, with a focus on what new applications that are driving 5G – driverless cars, immersive gaming, production line robots, robotic surgery, augmented reality, smart cities, amongst many others. Dr McLernon also explained to the executives how 5G can be achieved, i.e., through interference management with signal processing, drone assisted cellular communications, network flying platforms (SONs), to name a few. Dr McLernon also talked to the executives about the applications of IoT, such as long-range transmissions and connectivity which allows for the further development and incorporation of smart technology within our daily lives.
In the final part of his talk, and quite possibly the question that is on everyone’s mind, Dr McLernon talked about the security issues in 5G and IoT. In particular, he addressed issues on how hackers can hack into IoT applications, and how could virtualization gives rise to new security concerns. Dr McLernon also shared with the executives how Leeds University and British Telecommunications are spearheading a project on using machine learning to protect the communication networks.
Dr McLernon’s talk was very informative and meaningful as it relates to a very current issue that everyone is debating about: 5G and the Internet of Things. It opened up all their minds towards 5G and IoT, answered many of our pressing questions on what is 5G and IoT, and why governments are exercising caution. The executives asked Dr McLernon many questions and they really appreciated how much his talk cleared their doubts and helped them understand a very current issue.
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