Future of Industry 4.0



If you are a tech junkie, you have probably heard about Industry 4.0 which is and has transformed the manufacturing thanks to digitization. Some people would probably dismiss Industry 4.0 as another marketing buzzword, but the truth is that manufacturing is shifting and will impact other areas such as smart cities and cars to mention a few. This means you can no longer dismiss Industry 4.0 as another marketing buzzword. In this article we will talk more about Industry 4.0 and the impact 5G will have for the future of it.


So, first of all, what do we mean when we talk about industrial revolutions, and how do they change our lives? The American economist and social theorist Jeremey Rifkin has a clear view of what defines an industrial revolution. An industrial revolution is characterized by technical advances in three main areas; energy, transport and communication. With this in mind, let us take a short walk down the memory lane to fresh up our minds how the previous industrial revolutions changed our lives.

It should not come as a surprise that we been through three industrial revolutions before this one, which we are in right now. Industry 1.0 used water and steam to mechanize production and laid the groundwork for industry 2.0, with its mass production model and the evolution of machines on electrical energy. Industry 3.0 is significant by the rise of computers, internet and high-level information technology which made it possible to automate the production. Industry 4.0 builds upon industry 3.0 and is characterized by merging technologies that blurs the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres that will and are transforming industries and businesses all over the world.


Significant for Industry 4.0 is the focus on interconnectivity, automation, machine learning and real-time data. This revolution takes place in the digitalization rather than the emergence of new energy. The digitalization has made it possible for us to build a virtual world from where we can steer the physical world. The aim is to connect our different objects and make them communicate and interact with each other, possible thanks to technology such as Cloud, Big Data and IoT.

Industry 4.0 makes it possible for factories and companies to use information and communication technology to become more efficient. By combining real time data with predictive analytics, industries and companies can identify warning sign before they become failures. This means that manufactories and businesses can produce more and reduce costs by using real-time data. The fourth industrial revolution are leading us to more connected devices which puts more pressure to the networks that these devices are connected to, which is why 5G will become a key player when it comes to the future of Industry 4.0.


Not only mobiles, computers and tablets will be connected to internet in the coming years but a whole range of everyday objects like smart stores, cars, cities to mention a few. Ericsson predict that around 29 billion devices will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2022, a number we can expect will continue to grow.

So, IoT has played a major role for Industry 4.0, but the challenges we see today is that the 4G doesn’t have the capacity to accommodate that many devices and guarantee exchange of information without lag time. 5G will eliminate these challenges with its extremely fast data speed and ability to support higher number of connected devices, it will help IoT to unleash its full potential and be the true enabler of Industry 4.0 future.

As mentioned above the American economist and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin have clear view of what defines an industrial revolution. It’s characterized by technical advances in three main areas such as; energy, transport and communication. 5G will be a key player not only when it comes to communication but in the transformation of business, factories and society as whole. Who knows, we might enter Industry 5.0 much faster than expected.


It’s of course always hard to predict what will happen in the future, but faster networks mean that data from smart devices will be gathered, analyzed and managed to a much higher level. This means that there will be new business opportunities and an urge for organizations to provide services and apps to manage complex IoT ecosystems and convert big data to smart insights.

At Sigma we believe that the future of any business is hiding in the data. Whether we talk about Industry 4.0 or Industry 5.0 you have to get the right data to make the right decisions in order to be successful.

Does it feel overwhelming? No worries, we have a long experience in the Internet of Things and digitization. We will help you meet tomorrows challenges and make them part of your business.

Do you want to know more about our offer within the IoT & Ai area? Don’t hesitate to contact us today:

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David Österlindh

CEO and President IoT & AI 

Phone: +46 733 51 48 24
Email: david.osterlindh@sigma.se

Mattias Zaunders

VP Digital Transformation

Phone: +1 425 389 1248



Nathalie Taub