The Future of In-Building Connectivity

You probably don’t need research statistics to know that people are more connected through their cellular devices than ever. What was once a simple tool to communicate over long distances has morphed into a personal butler of sorts that handles everything from your social life to your schedule, your encyclopedia, calculator, entertainment, and much more. As 5G technology matures alongside the Internet of Things (IoT) Home/Building Automation industry, we can expect our cell phones to play an even more integral part in our lives.

A Connected Future

And what a future that is. Imagine if all of the technology in your life could talk to each other to understand your preferences, habits, and needs even better than you do. Your refrigerator would partner up with your fitbit band and gym membership to keep track of your overall health. Your laundry machine would be able to study your work schedule and remind you to prepare clothes for that upcoming meeting you’ve been dreading. Vehicles would be wired into your home security system and could honk you awake if they see that you’re snoozing on a work day.

Challenges to Connectivity

However, one of the most significant obstacles to ensuring this level of connectivity lies in the way building walls serve as excellent obstructions to signals of all kinds, especially the higher-frequency 5G signals. This is why you often find it impossible to call/text/browse while inside an elevator or in an underground garage. There are simply too many impediments between your device and the nearest cell tower. To update buildings for full connectivity, managers are facing steep re-cabling costs–but there is a more effective and economical way to accomplish this.

In-Building Connectivity Cell Signal Reception

Two Birds with One Signal Booster

Signal Boosters are easily the most efficient and logical solution for building managers looking to update their buildings for full connectivity. Not only are they a proven answer to resolving the signal penetration problem, allowing for M2M communications throughout an entire building without restructuring cables, signal boosters also amplify weak cell signals for users in fringe or rural areas where cell towers are sparse. This paradigm will gain incredible momentum with the arrival of 5G as the range of 5G signals is reported to be less than half a mile, down from the 30 mile range of current 4G signals. Furthermore, 5G signals are expected to be severely sensitive to obstructions such as the outside and inside walls of a building.

The momentum in both the Telecom and IoT industries points to signal boosters as a convergence solution where the same signal booster hardware answers the unique challenges of both industries. 5G cellular signals already demand a signal booster or antenna in every room of every building that wants to provide connectivity to tenants. With Qualcomm and other giants betting big on 5G IoT, these signal boosters will also be positioned to facilitate wireless M2M communications, avoiding the need for expensive cable restructuring.

5G mmWave Indoor Antenna with Hongtao Zhan
SureCall CEO Hongtao Zhan holding a 5G mmWave antenna

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