Evgeny Molchanov: 5G to improve housing and utility monitoring and transport infrastructure
5G technology will allow enterprises to integrate advanced technologies without huge investments in the infrastructure, according to Evgeny Molchanov, Commercial Director at RENA SOLUTIONS. In an interview with the international forum – Internet of Things, the expert talks about the necessity for a single IoT platform, 5G infrastructure potential, and adoption of 5G networks in Russia.
Evgeny Molchanov is an expert in manufacturing equipment development. He was a senior project manager at the advanced industrial technologies cluster of Skolkovo Foundation.
Interviewer: Internet of Things forum (IT).
Respondent: Evgeny Molchanov (EM).
IT: In 2017, Nokia announced the production of a unified platform for smart cities and IoT. The company believes that each IoT solution won't be quite efficient separately, but solutions on the single platform can create a comprehensive control over smart city. Do you agree with the fact that IoT devices require the unified platform? Please explain your viewpoint.
EM: I believe that a qualitative leap in the IoT evolution can be provided only by the emergence of platforms allowing to integrate infrastructure solutions.
A good example is China where the platform has led to the increasing popularity of IoT solutions and the large growing market of these devices.
IT: Why can the 5G satellite segment become a framework for smart city establishment?
EM: We cannot claim that the 5G satellite segment will be the only growth driver for the smart city. However, it will definitely play an important role because of a huge potential for enhancing the data transfer speed.
IT: How will the 5G infrastructure affect the Russian Industrial Internet of Things?
EM: The launch of 5G will allow enterprises with a noncritical infrastructure to use cloud services ranging from databases to AI in their current operations without installing stationary computer centers.
In fact, enterprises will obtain a possibility to use advanced technologies without enormous investments in their own infrastructure. For example, food production will be able to control every stage of goods manufacturing. Besides, one could conduct an online analysis of activity and correct technological parameters in order to provide necessary quality.
Those who will manage to apply such advantages will significantly increase the competitive performance of their businesses.
IT: What Russian IoT challenges will the integration of satellite 5G networks help to solve?
EM: Russia, like other states, has a great set of infrastructure tasks, which will be much easier to implement using 5G networks. They include online monitoring of housing and public utilities to boost the quality of provided services and the development of transport infrastructure with V2V-based solutions.
IT: What do you think should be done to speed up the process of 5G infrastructure advancement in Russia?
EM: It is only the adoption of regulation along with businesses as well as with public and private investments that can accelerate the growth of 5G.
IT: You will be a moderator of the panel discussion titled ‘Satellite communication in the future 5G infrastructure’. What key points would you like to discuss first of all?
EM: I would like to analyze the best practices of IoT platform designing and to discuss the business potential in the city and enterprise IoT infrastructure. I would also like to focus on smart city transportation and potential for startups.
Evgeny Molchanov will speak at the Internet of Things forum and become a moderator of the panel discussion: ‘Satellite communication in the future 5G infrastructure. A unified platform for smart cities and IoT’.
The expert will tell you more about the Internet of Things technology at the conference!