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The Impact of 5G on Video Surveillance and Monitoring

5G is a transformative, disruptive technology that must be leveraged in the next-generation of devices. High-speed, high-reliability, low-latency, secure networks will serve as infrastructure to enable a wide range of new products and services. Designed to be flexible, agile, and scalable, 5G can manage different data traffic types from devices with various network requirements. 

5G Capabilities Benefits Technical Parameters
Ability to provide superior broadband speed and coverage

Super-fast

Global Coverage

>1 Gbps in real throughput (10x>LTE)

Low-earth orbit satellites provide coverage to remote areas

Ability to support deployment of a massive number of connected devices

Low cost

Low power

High network agility

Module cost < $5

Support battery life >10 years

Network can scale easily 

Ability to support deployment of mission-critical applications

Highly reliable

Low latency

Balanced cost/power

Five 9’s (99.999%) service reliability

Latency < 1 millisecond


Video surveillance and monitoring services will be profoundly impacted by 5G as the industry works to overcome technical challenges while meeting increasing consumer expectations for cameras.

Increasing demand for bandwidth:

  • 44% of consumers are interested in monitoring the whole property (more cameras per home)
  • Industry resolution moving from HD to 4K (higher bandwidth per camera)
  • 90% of networked camera purchase intenders expect to live stream video to their smartphone (peer to peer streaming performance expectations include fast connection, real-time video)


Increasing demand for low-latency, cloud-based applications as video analytics become increasingly important to networked camera purchase intenders:

  • 87% want person detection
  • 82% want vehicle detection
  • 81% want object recognition (cloud-based tagging of video recordings)
  • 79% want facial recognition (cloud-based whitelist, real-time analytics)
  • 72% want emotion detection
  • 70% want animal detection


Increasing demand for simple and secure network connectivity:

  • 15% of consumers have difficulty connecting a networked camera to the internet
  • 79% of consumers are concerned about data security or privacy issues
  • Privacy and security are among the top three purchase inhibitors


5G addresses the industry’s need for high bandwidth, low-latency, and secure network connectivity. Bandwidth can be managed in multiple ways including a hybrid connectivity strategy that utilizes both 5G and broadband, when necessary, to optimize performance at the lowest cost. Latency can be delivered by slicing the network to deliver network performance that matches precise user requirements. Consumer’s desire for video analytics, which leverages AI/ML and requires intense processing and the cloud, can benefit from 5G’s performance to deliver near real-time solutions. 5G provides enhanced security in a number of ways. The 5G network is independent of the internet, creating a network barrier for end devices. In addition, cellular networks prohibit other devices on the network from directly communicating to each other. Finally, 5G provides simple network onboarding with Five 9’s reliability. Consumer interaction is not required, eliminating the leading support issues in connecting to the Internet.

Video surveillance and monitoring solutions must transition from legacy architecture to a next-generation framework using high-speed networks, more intense local processing, and a cloud infrastructure capable of storing and analyzing the enormous amount of data streaming from many devices. 5G will play a critical role in this transformation.

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