How 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and AI will provide a smarter home experience

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The smart home revolution is truly underway. With reality taking a little time to catch up to the hyperbole (femtocell-powered smart fridges, anyone?), it has now become the norm. In fact, according to a 2019 survey by Smart Home Week, 57 percent of UK homes are now equipped with some sort of smart device, and 45 percent of households are planning to make their homes even smarter in the future. The demand for smart home technology is driving diversification in device categories – virtually any appliance you can think of comes in a connected variant today – and also opening up new ways in which advanced technologies like AI and 5G can be used to drive new consumer experiences.The 5G impactThere a number of technologies driving innovation today but at the head of that queue is arguably 5G. Already it is opening doors for all kinds of consumer devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and everyday appliances. With 5G, all these devices will constantly connect and communicate with each other. Every new generation of cellular network promises faster speeds and that is certainly the case with 5G: potentially 40 times faster than the latest version of 4G. Super-fast connectivity is complemented by low-latency to offer …

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