Innovation explained: Tactile Internet

In the future, communication is to take place in real time. This is the promise made by the so-called tactile Internet. In recent decades, this was not absolutely necessary, but new developments, such as autonomous driving or Virtual Reality, mean that better networks and latency-free transmission are needed. The Internet of Things is changing everything.

While we are currently sending news, videos and audio files, in the future, due to the Internet of Things and the increasing networking of our lives, good network connectivity and real-time communication will become more and more relevant.


5G – the standard for the tactile Internet

5G, repeatedly celebrated in recent years as a new, latency-free mobile radio standard, the vision of the tactile Internet will only become reality. The higher data throughput and lower latency will guarantee better network reliability, and the networking that smart home and smart city need will only become possible.

5G, simply described, filters the data directly at the source and sorts them in such a way that the best possible transmission is guaranteed. The new standard of the tactile Internet promises extremely short latency times of less than one millisecond. This is 100 times higher than the LTE standard currently allows. This should make it possible to control machines over long distances or to exchange data using IoT, Smart Grids, Edge Computing or similar systems


What does the tactile Internet mean for me?

The tactile Internet means the way into the future and the networked world for all of us. It enables everyone to transfer data in real time, with the lowest possible latency. So we can optimally control our smart household appliances or even machines in companies. More and more is controlled via the cloud or made possible by edge methods. The future of the Internet is thus characterized by speed.

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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