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We have all travelled through an airport, some of us more often than others, and almost all of us travel daily by car. If you’re like me, you’re wondering how 5G is going to impact your travel experience. Okay, maybe that’s not something you’ve thought about yet but let’s go ahead and take a look at airports and cars and 5G.


From parking to baggage check to security to boarding the plane at the gate, travelers have multiple interactions points that are required on their journey. Some of these interactions are with people but more and more are becoming digital. You can get your boarding pass from a kiosk and pay for parking at a pay station, no other people required. Even when there are person-to-person interactions, much of the interaction can be digital. You can swipe your phone at the security check point and at the boarding gate.

What if you could do even more?

One of the things 5G is going to make possible is what I describe as the “interaction between people and objects.” In an airport, this could be a self-driving wheelchair or a robotic baggage cart that helps the elderly or disabled through the airport. 5G’s reliability and extremely short delay in data transmission is going to enable a virtually seamless and instantaneous connection between person and object – whatever that object is, wheelchair, baggage cart, airplane, etc.

5G is also going to unlock some pretty significant artificial intelligence. It might be able to biometrically match you to your baggage. You won't need to tie ribbons on your suitcase in order to distinguish your black bag from everyone else’s black bag.


Airplanes are basically flying data centers. 5G is going to make the exchange of aircraft data quicker and easier – from the aircraft to airline operations, to the control tower and to the gate. For example, while a plane is in the air, it would be able to identify a maintenance issue and automatically send that information to the maintenance crew, who will then be ready to respond as soon as the plane lands. This would lead to quicker turnaround times which means more on-time departures, which would positively impact traveler satisfaction.


5G is anticipated to make autonomous self-driving vehicles more common as well. Again, 5G’s improved reliability and speedy data transmission is going to eliminate data lags in the information sent and received by a self-driving car. The time it takes for data to travel to and from the car could be the difference between the car self-correcting after 10 meters or after 10 centimeters. That's a huge difference from the current capability of self-driving cars.


This post is part of a series of posts about 5G. Other posts discuss benefits, risks, the potential uses for different markets and how to prepare your business for 5G. Please follow and share on social media so you don’t miss any posts! If you’d like to read previous posts:


For more information on how ERMCO can help with an integrated systems solution, contact:

PJ DONOVAN | 317.538.5511 |

PJ Donovan is the Business Development Manager for ERMCO’s Systems Group. She’s been with ERMCO for 10 years and has been in the Systems Group the entire time, as a Systems Coordinator and then Systems Estimator. Now she helps maintain and grow client relationships and serves as one of ERMCO’s experts on all things systems-related from A/V and access control to security and wireless systems.


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