The combination of 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) is opening up new opportunities for big data analytics. As TechRepublic’s Bill Detwiler put it in a recent piece, “Thanks to its high bandwidth, low latency, and the ability to support higher end-point densities, 5G will allow companies to collect more data, analyze the data more quickly, make better predictions, and rapidly take action.”

He spoke with Bill Menezes, Senior Principal Analyst at Gartner, about some of the takeaways from this trend, among them:

Concentration of Initial Use Cases

Within the first few years of mainstream 5G usage, Menezes says that 70 percent of installed modules will be accounted for by two applications. The first is in the automotive sector, with embedded connected car modules, and the second with outdoor surveillance cameras in the government and physical security industries.

Intelligence at the Edge

According to Menezes, “Artificial intelligence is going to be a big element in terms of how you apply that to the massive amounts of data that this huge, dense population of 5G endpoints will gather for things like predictive analytics.” Citing examples in smart cities and manufacturing, he stressed that organizations will have unprecedented opportunities to access and act on data at “a much more granular, precise level sooner.” The key to realizing this benefit, however, is ensuring that companies have the proper analytics framework to support intelligence at the edge.

Unlimited Innovation Potential

Menezes says, “If you think about the dawn of 4G, I don’t think there were a lot of people speculating that…we’re going to get Uber and social media is going to be pervasive. Those are things that came up as it became clear, especially as developers were able to really work with the networks…and we fully expect that some new implementations in IoT will emerge that really even aren’t on the radar yet.”

With many pointing to 2020 as a pivotal year for 5G, expect to see continued speculation about what the technology may bring for business and consumers alike. For more on the latter, check out this previous APEX of Innovation post on IoT innovations showcased at this year’s CES, including how big data analytics is transforming transportation.