How can we bridge the chasm of Private 5G?

Private 5G offers many benefits for industries that require low latency, high reliability, and large bandwidth, such as manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation. However, despite the potential, its industry adoption has been slower than expected, mainly limited to early adopters in the industrial and academic innovation sectors. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the reasons for this slow adoption and how they can be overcome.

The Challenge  

One of the main reasons for the slow adoption of private or dedicated 5G networks is the lack of trust in 5G as a new technology. Many enterprises need more evidence of its reliability, especially when it involves sensitive data or critical operations, specifically in an industrial setting. The value of installing or upgrading networks to 5G seems to be mostly appreciated, but still, enterprises are falling back on proven network types for critical use cases.   

Another reason for the slow adoption of private 5G networks is the lack of industrial devices that support 5G connectivity. Although 5G-enabled smartphones and tablets are becoming more common, many industrial devices, such as sensors, cameras, robots, and AMRs, are still using legacy technologies. This limits the use cases and applications that can benefit from private 5G networks.  

A third reason for the slow adoption of private 5G networks is the lack of understanding regarding the benefits of 5G versus the capacities of existing technologies, such as Wi-Fi 6 or LTE. Many enterprises may not see the need to switch to private 5G networks if they are satisfied with their current wireless solutions or do not have demanding requirements. However, many enterprises do not have the tools or experience to understand which network type would best suit their current or future needs. Are Wi-Fi handover issues a challenge for the model of AGV planned? Is 5G needed to support new ML vision systems with onboard computing?   

Private 5G networks have great potential to transform industries and enable new levels of productivity, efficiency, and innovation. However, their adoption in the industry has been slow due to various challenges, such as lack of trust, lack of devices, and lack of understanding. To overcome these challenges, enterprises need to be educated on the opportunities and Industry 4.0 use cases that can be unlocked by not only 5G technology but hybrid deployments of 5G, Wi-Fi and other network technology.   

The Solution  

Often the critical element driving network planning is the accurate projection of the enterprise's future use cases and their impact on the network. It requires a full understanding of both capabilities of the various network options and demand-side data throughput patterns.   

The Zinkworks Networked Device Simulator (NDS) is built to address this challenge. It enables CSPs and connectivity resellers to rapidly, simply, and cheaply model single or multi-network deployments, such as Private 5G and Wi-Fi 6, and showcase their performance and suitability for a client's current or proposed industrial use cases.   

By combining data on both network capabilities and use case demands in a single 3D simulation, Sales Teams can easily drag and drop network infrastructure and networked equipment to visually demonstrate the impact of robots, vision systems, time-sensitive manufacturing systems, safety-critical applications, etc., in a virtual replication of a client's facility.   

Through using a bespoke, relatable, and accurate visual model of an enterprise's network needs, trust can be established that the proposed network solution is the right fit for their needs.   

If you would like to learn more about Zinkworks Networked Device Simulator send us a request on our contact page and our team will get back to you: 

Written by James McNamara.


Exploring the Intersection of Industry 4.0 and 5G

As you read the title, I’m sure you have heard these words from a blog or talk before. I bet they feel like the latest series of buzzwords. After reading this article, you will become more familiar with these terms and prove that these are not just empty buzzwords. Industry 4.0 and 5G are two innovative technological advancements that have the potential to change the way we live and work. Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution and is characterised by integrating advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics into traditional manufacturing and industrial processes. 5G, on the other hand, is the fifth generation of mobile networks that promises to provide faster and more reliable communication than previous generations. 

Industry 4.0 has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing and production processes by integrating IoT, advanced sensors, and AI. This leads to improved production speed, reduced costs, and increased competitiveness. In addition, Industry 4.0 enables companies to collect and analyse vast amounts of data, which can be used to improve the quality of their products and services. With the use of robotics and automation in the production process, highly automated factories can operate with minimal human intervention, 24/7, leading to increased productivity, improved quality, and reduced costs. 

The integration of IoT in Industry 4.0 allows for the creation of smart factories, where machines and devices are equipped with real-time sensors that collect and transmit data. This data can then be analysed using AI algorithms, which can optimize production processes, improve quality, and reduce downtime. Furthermore, the use of advanced digital technologies such as 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, and cloud computing can help companies design, test, and produce products more efficiently and cost-effectively. Despite the potential loss of jobs due to automation and the need for workers to adapt to new technologies and skills, Industry 4.0 is expected to significantly impact the global economy and how we live and work. 

5G provides faster and more reliable communication, which is crucial for the successful implementation of Industry 4.0. With 5G, manufacturers can communicate with their machines and devices in real-time, allowing for improved monitoring, control, and automation of the production process. This can lead to increased efficiency and enhanced productivity. The key benefits of 5G include increased speed, reduced latency, and improved capacity, allowing for the connection of many devices simultaneously. This enhanced capacity will be crucial for successfully implementing the Internet of Things (IoT), as it will allow for the connection of millions of devices, from smart homes to industrial equipment. It has the potential to revolutionise industries such as healthcare, education, and entertainment, allowing for the creation of new products and services that were previously not possible. 

5G is a significant technological advancement that has the potential to impact the way we live and work. However, it also raises some concerns, such as the need for substantial investments in infrastructure and the potential for security and privacy issues. Despite these challenges, 5G is expected to significantly impact the global economy and provide new opportunities for innovation and growth.   

In conclusion, Industry 4.0 and 5G are two technological advancements that can change the way we live and work. Industry 4.0 has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing and production processes, leading to increased efficiency, improved quality, and reduced costs. With the help of 5G, manufacturers can communicate with their machines and devices in real-time, leading to improved monitoring, control, and automation of the production process. Despite the potential challenges associated with these advancements, such as the loss of jobs due to automation, Industry 4.0 and 5G are expected to significantly impact the global economy and how we live and work. 

At Zinkworks we have created a product called Networked Device Orchestrator (NDO) which is purpose-built for Industry 4.0. It is designed to enable the orchestration of connected equipment, predicting and avoiding demand spikes before they impact the network, and empowering enterprise users to align their internal business rules to the available network capacity. Learn more:

Written by Aaron Fortune.