Mobile will play a key role in IoT rollout: Forrester Research

Forrester research revealed that mobile will not fade in the years to come, but instead would play a key role in IoT rollout. It could activate adjacent technologies to enable new brand experiences.

According to a Forrester Research, the end of the smart phone era is not nowhere close. However, we might see a greater integration between mobile platforms and others in the future. In a new report by Forrester Research, it indicated that the IoT or the Internet of Things would bring new business and consumer opportunities in the years to come, as billions of connected devices are being added. Yet, mobile would remain dominant where people connect things together.


Mobile would play a key role in IoT rollout by activating adjacent technologies to allow new brand experiences. IoT enthusiasm is at almost peak levels, but organizations appear to be very careful with new technology, which could mean a long wait until the consumer and the industrial market is flooded with users and devices. IoT is all about devices and how people interact with them and the data that they create. One major piece of the IoT is that’s often overlooked is the mobile device. With the release of Apple’s iOS 8, there is no better of pointing out that mobile devices are the gateways to the Internet of Things.

Mobile devices stay with users as they go from home, to the car, office and beyond. The mobile device could bridge the gap between disconnected parts of people’s lives or locations and help in building a bigger context for environments. Sensors that are embedded getting more pervasive in the world as the technology scales down in size, making it easier to fit inside daily objects, a lot of small radios and sensors that no longer need any power source are being made. As the sensors find their way to more devices and start communicating with each other, people start to make a situation wherein they could derive a bigger context from the surroundings to help with the daily life.

Mobiles are truly the clear choice for interactions with devices and sensors. In general, smart phones have become a huge part of the daily life. People communicate with them, use them for navigating, do work on them and pass the time by playing games on them. By using mobile devices are the gateway to the IoT, we could add more context into all activities. Furthermore, the devices could add a much deeper and richer context to simple games through interacting with the environment around and acquiring information from the sensors to boost and personalize the player experience.

At present, there are no true standard in the world of the IoT. There are some groups that work on standardize communication or hardware, such as the IEEE Standards Association or the International Telecommunications Union or ITU. Nonetheless, there are groups working to create their own standards and protocols since they want to lock down the technology. Although this is still a setback, it highlights the reason why a mobile device is the ideal technology to overcome this roadblock. It already possesses various radios and in the application driven world of smart phones, it is not as difficult to integrate a new protocol. Thus, while devices and sensors move along nicely, the lack of standards and protocols could very well limit the real potential of the IoT.

The 5G by Verizon and AT&T is the fifth-generation mobile network that could be far more transformational than the previous ones. It accelerates the adoption of IoT. According to an estimate, the number of connected things have the potential to more than double to 50-billion worldwide by the year 2020 and could even reach 500-billion ten years after. The 5G rollout represents the largest expansion of the web to date and can generate billions of dollars of business for brands such as Nokia, Cisco, Ericson, Qualcomm and Intel. All of them are vying to create the nuts and bolts of the new networks.

5G is beyond tablets and smart phones. It could provide a great opportunity to transform the world. There’s no question that it would happen, it’s just not clear who would benefit most since much of the technology would still be tested in the real world. People expect it to be more responsive. For many years, the industry focused largely on the amount of data it could force through the system in a particular time, a concept that is known as throughput. The new focus now is latency, or how fast a network responds to a request. According to the Forrester research, latency matters. The next step would be to get billions of things directly talking to each other instead of going through networks that are centrally controlled, as most connected devices do today. Once this will happen, whole new vistas would open up.


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