The use of 4G outdoors and then the WIFI available when entering an enclosed area will be transformed by the rapid deployment of 5G on the territory.
Update on a promising technology
The 5G technology brings a series of very useful innovations for cultural venues and new digital uses.
Easier access, greater speed
The 5G relays accept many more simultaneous connections, offer near Gigabit speeds with very low latency, giving a real perception of performance. In this respect, 5G follows the progression of the different generations of technologies. For visitors to cultural sites, the ease of use and the opening of increasingly broad packages by operators will probably make the need for WIFI to connect within an exhibition less central; all the more so as 5G uses frequencies that give access to the interior of buildings that the airwaves had difficulty reaching.
The availability of systems using the new generations of Bluetooth, which are very energy-efficient, will provide even more precise geolocation.
Creation of private local 5G networks
Instead of private WIFI networks, 5G proposes the creation of protected networks on the scale of a more or less large site. It will therefore be possible to connect mobile guides, education-related tools, the internal ticketing network, for example, to a private network that does not involve the deployment of new infrastructures. Perfect for avoiding work and maintenance; excellent also for limiting the energy consumption of WIFI terminals which are sometimes used only by a limited number of users
Towards communicating objects
The evolution of 5G, in two or three years, will concern communicating objects. The aim is to guarantee 100% connectivity of any object, for a simplified exchange of data (just data useful for operation, but sent at regular intervals).
For cultural venues, the availability of these technologies will bring new opportunities to create rich experiences, involving objects whose interactions contribute to the scenography.
Will 5G replace WIFI? No doubt because it is also an ecological issue. The deployment of large WIFI networks in parallel with the high availability of very high speed 5G networks will quickly become a thing of the past.