Craft your Internet of Intelligent Things

18 Feb 2021


With a faster and more secure network, 5G offers unimaginable opportunities at work and play. Ground-breaking network capacity aside, the cutting-edge cellular technology also incorporates various capabilities designed specifically to support mission-critical Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. From manufacturing, healthcare, to smart cities, 5G with its ability to support an unprecedented million devices per square kilometre looks set to revolutionise IoT with massive deployments.

Surging data

Around the world, data volume has increased dramatically. It was estimated just two years ago that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day, with 90% of the data in the world today created in the two preceding years alone[1]. The amount of data created will only increase, and the World Economic Forum (WEF) currently estimates that 463 exabyte of data will be created every day by 2025 [2].

Aside from social networks and streaming media, a substantial amount of created data will come from connected systems and IoT within the enterprise. According to IDC, there will be as many as 41.6 billion connected IoT devices by 2025 [3].

Some of these IoT transmissions will be sporadic but regular to indicate a machine's health, while others might consist of large, continuous streams of data such as those be generated by surveillance cameras using backend AI processing to analyse crowds in real-time. Regardless, data from IoT devices and sensors will need to be transferred from hard-to-access or remote locations before they can benefit businesses and governments. And this is where 5G will come into the picture.

A platform for massive IoT deployments


But while the superior density, heightened reliability, and ultra-low-latency performance of 5G are ideal for supporting IoT devices, the expected explosion of IoT devices and the need to manage these remote devices may leave organisations in a race to catch up. Specifically, the scores or hundreds of deployed IoT devices need to be installed and managed, while the coming data must be processed and visualised to deliver the needed insights.


By working with a partner with both the 5G infrastructure and IoT know-how for their IoT deployments, businesses gain speed-to-market without the hefty capital expenses (CAPEX) and inevitable delays of self-deployed solutions. The partner can offer this as a managed service that includes support for additional protocols for seamless integration with legacy or non-5G IoT devices.


Instead of juggling disparate systems that are costly to manage, organisations gain a tested and highly scalable platform with a single dashboard. This lets them easily review their IoT deployment and access key performance indicators in real-time. The platform can also serve as a unified aggregator across different facets of the business, supporting employees from field operations to sales and customer service, meet ICT needs, or even better inform their sustainability efforts – all from one platform.


An ecosystem for business innovation

Crucially, it can be deployed as a dashboard for smart campus and smart building management. For instance, multiple blocks or a large building can be monitored using a single dashboard to

  • Display floor occupancy and seating to ensure social distancing
  • For building managers monitor common facilities such as toilets to optimise the cleaning workforce
  • Consolidated view of multiple sensors for temperature, water, electricity meters for energy management
  • Tracking of cleaning robots and shuttle bus for operational efficiency
  • Monitoring of car park lots to pre-empt overcrowding


Support for diverse industries

With a ready-made infrastructure that spans device management, device connections, and operations monitoring, enterprises can leverage IoT to accelerate their digital transformation (DX) and stay ahead of the curve. With a highly configurable service platform that incorporates integrated analytics and visualisation, pertinent data can be brought together for never-seen-before insights. It can serve various verticals across both the private and public sectors. Some possible deployments include:

Provide real-time vehicle tracking, automated inspection of the vehicle condition and predict potential issues of the vehicles to take precautionary measures, improve fleet operational efficiency and reduce downtime
Malls can potentially enhance sales volume with a more intimate understanding of footfall and visitor demographics using 5G-enabled video analytics.
Bring together separate IoT systems that manage different areas of the facility – electricity consumption, rubbish bin usage, toilet cleanliness, footfall, and more, presenting a complete picture of all IoT data

Gain the IoT edge with StarHub’s 5G IoT Platform


StarHub delivers an end-to-end experience with a single touchpoint for businesses looking to roll out their own IoT deployments, offering everything from advanced 5G connectivity, a powerful and flexible service platform that grows with you, to the actual IoT devices. Crucially, we can help integrate everything to our secured platform for lower CAPEX, ease of scalability, and rapid speed with our IoT-as-a-Service solution. Learn more about StarHub 5G IoT Platform. 

Contact us to discuss how StarHub can partner with you to build optimal IoT environment for your business. 


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