functional framework for industrial-grade logistics monitoring
to a stable bandwidth that enables industrial-grade intelligent monitoring, 5G makes
it possible to reflect in real time the problems encountered in transportation
and warehousing to the data center in the form of video or image. In this sense,
5G makes the key link of logistics monitoring much more efficient and
intelligent that traditional communication technologies.
5. Logistics data computing will be accelerated thanks to 5G
data and cloud computing enable modern logistics to store and analyze
information more effectively. Therefore, they will also be the key technologies
adopted by the next-generation logistics, where efficient data storage and
analysis architecture enables logistics data to be stored and mined in time and
powerful cloud computing architecture enables logistics applications to enjoy
high-performance computing services. The high bandwidth of 5G makes the “cloud
logistics” architecture based on big data and cloud computing a more practical
the next generation of logistics, the data computing at logistics nodes will
have two models: centralized computing and mobile edge computing. The
combination of the two computing schemes makes it easier to accurately
calculate the data in logistics. Correspondingly, there are two data storage
schemes, either centralized or distributed, which complement each other.
can provide high-speed communications for edge computing in the next generation
of logistics computing solutions. Its ability to allow simultaneous access of massive
numbers of devices also seamless integrates edge and centralized computing. One
of the core technologies of 5G is to provide efficient communications solutions
for edge computing. Distributed mobile cloud edge computing is also a model for
computing edge nodes in the next generation logistics.
logistics, a fair number of nodes are edge communication ones, e.g.
transporting vehicles, and logistics nodes embedded in intelligent terminals.
Unlike traditional cloud computing, mobile edge computing does not publish
computing tasks directly to a centralized cloud computing platform; instead,
the computing resources used are on the user's edge. Such a way of computing leads
to reduced resource losses caused by redundant computing and data
adopted in next-generation logistics enables all mobile nodes to place data computing,
storage, and caches at the edge of the terminal's network. The edge servers
will then start syncing with remote cloud computing servers. The distributed
mobile cloud edge computing solution frees logistics data computing platforms
from the role of centralized management, and makes computing more efficient by
leveraging edge servers to complete operations such as the data computing and
storage of adjacent nodes.
6. 5G-backed blockchain technology makes logistics safer
technology is capable of truly and reliably recording and transmitting the
transactions, products, and real-time locations during transportation, among
other information generated in the logistics process, while 5G technology serves
to ensure the information are transmitted efficiently in real time, thereby
improving the overall efficiency of the industry.
addition, as the assets recorded on blockchain cannot be altered or
counterfeited, all merchandises concerned are recorded as assets, i.e. each
merchandise has a unique identifier on the blockchain, which can be used to
track the item in real time. In other words, thanks to blockchain technology, the
merchandises become traceable and falsifiable, and their information cannot be
Members of the logistics supply chain may record the logistics and user
information on the blockchain through smart contracts, and design an encryption
mechanism to ensure the information is confidential and anti-calculation-based
modifications. The 5G-underpinned blockchain-based logistics safety system uses
smart contracts instead of traditional server programs to make it possible to
run specific contract programs on the blockchain.
a result, smart contracts inject the logistics safety system with privacy
protection, automation, and intelligence, making the logistics process more
transparent, and improving the authenticity and trustworthiness of data in the
supply chain. 5G brings improved speed and bandwidth for communications between
distributed modules, which will enable the next-generation logistics to develop
at a speed faster than ever.
In 2019, 5G is
expected to start sprouting in the commercial realm, where various industries
will phase in the use of 5G applications. In 2020, 5G is likely to enter the
private sector where everyone will be able to enjoy the convenience brought by
5G services. The logistics industry, as one stair on the ladder of the service
industry, will take the lead to popularize 5G applications. By far, major
courier, logistics, and retail companies are standing on the starting line,
getting ready for the all-out commercial use of 5G technology. Powered 5G, the
next-generation logistics industry will provide enterprises and individuals
with brand new logistics services of better quality and intelligence.