Sierra Wireless IoT Blog

Many commercial security surveillance networks are connected with mobile wireless because it offers greater location flexibility and better data security than Wi-Fi. Since mobile networks are ubiquitous, they are ideal for outdoor deployments that span large areas. In addition, mobile carriers encrypt their traffic, unlike Wi-Fi systems, so the video streams are protected against hackers.

As the world moves from 4G mobile technology to 5G technology, video surveillance applications are poised to see a revolution in performance. Only 2% of surveillance cameras today use cellular connectivity, largely because 4G networks haven’t delivered the speeds needed to transport video efficiently. While 4G networks can bog down when there are dozens of cameras in a system, 5G offers the potential to have thousands of cameras in a deployment, all streaming UHD video in real time. Because a 5G network can carry massive amounts of data at lightning speeds over wide areas, it is also set to revolutionize analytics and machine learning, giving rise to new capabilities and business applications.

According to Gartner, outdoor surveillance cameras represented the largest category of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions sold between 2019 and 2022. The number of outdoor 5G surveillance cameras will reach 11.2 million in 2022, quadruple the number in 2020.

So, what will all these cameras be doing that they can’t do on 4G networks? Here are some examples of what 5G-enabled cameras will deliver…