5G a Hot Topic at Hong Kong Electronics Fair
A lively discussion about prospects for 5G adoption in Hong Kong, where the technology is as trending a buzzword as anywhere else in the world – took place at the HKTDC-organized Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) Oct. 14.
The consensus at a symposium entitled, “Intelligent Connectivity: 5G and Beyond,” was that a fifth generation of high-speed mobile data is set to disrupt industries across the board – a technological revolution that will change the way we think and act in our everyday lives. Industry experts gathered there discussed the boundless opportunities presented by 5G commercialization.
Peter Lemmens, Director of imec Innovation Services, provided a compelling example of how 5G was used to help an entire region of Belgium with nearly 6.5 million inhabitants revolutionize their water system. “[Our] solution in Belgium was a massive deployment of very tiny sensors that can measure pH and chlorides in water, that you connect to an app on a mobile phone to monitor water quality in real time,” said Lemmens, explaining that the large-scale wireless sensor network pushed by 5G now maps water reserves covering 13,522 square kilometers across the whole of Belgium.