Tech exec says merging 5G, artificial intelligence will allow cities to develop

Tech executive Justin Bean said in an interview that aired Thursday on Hill.TV's "Boundless" that the combination of 5G technology and artificial intelligence will allow so-called "smart cities" to rapidly develop.

"Smart cities are already starting to happen, but they're constrained by things like connectivity and the amount of data that they're able to get from the edge – which are the sensors – to the core, which is a server or a place where the artificial intelligence can usually take place," Bean, director of Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence Marketing at Hitachi Vantara, told Hill.TV.

A smart city is an urban area that uses various types of electronic data to supply information, which can be used for management. 5G technology has played a role in the planning and development of such cities.

"5G is going to enable massive amounts of data to be able to get to that core," Bean said. "So with 5G, we'll be able to stream massive amounts of video back to an artificial intelligence engine so that we can get more real-time insights, and all kinds of analytics about the world around us."

"Today, that's one of the biggest constraints, is the fact that we don't have the technology to transfer those volumes of data at the right speed and at the right volumes in order to enable those insights that we need," he said. "5G is going to be a massive enabler of many different technologies, and many different solutions, not just artificial intelligence." 

"Boundless" is a Hill.TV documentary series focused on technological advancements. 

— Julia Manchester