The eye in the sky is now connected to the Internet of Things. Some may think that’s creepy, but video surveillance is a necessity for high-security operations such as financial institutions and in crowd control situations. Even smaller-scale businesses such as retail shops and construction sites find video surveillance useful to prevent theft. According to Transparency Market Research, the global video surveillance and VSaaS market has is projected to grow at CAGR of 17.0% from 2016 to 2024. This market earned about $21 billion worldwide in 2015 and is expected to hit $88 billion by 2024. IP-based video surveillance is a big and growing part of this business – it’s is expected to grow rapidly at a CAGR of 24.2%.
Plain old billboards are so 20th century. These days, digital signs are what capture the eyeballs, whether it’s to sell a luxury car, publish the lunch specials, or announce an arriving train. Digital signage is now used anywhere traditional signs and billboards once were used, including government and public spaces, hospitality, sports arenas, corporate communications, public transportation, and, of course, retail.
The ring of mechanical cash registers is as old-fashioned as delivery by horse and buggy in this Internet age. But simply having a connected point-of-sale (POS) system in your retail establishment doesn’t mean your payment methods are future-proofed. As customer expectations change and competition increases, businesses have to adapt to the latest technology to keep up, expand, and grow. Key to meeting these challenges is high speed, high data connectivity with 4G LTE cellular as the backbone of your point-of-sale system.
While, in the past, an entire Internet of Things or machine-to-machine communications deployment might have only transmitted short packets of data at a time, today, advanced IoT/M2M applications are generating more and more data in every transmission. Video and interactivity capabilities are becoming frequent, and real-time streaming speed is essential in many businesses. This is why high data capacity is crucial for many systems, and LTE connectivity is the new standard worldwide.
Many smartphone users are already familiar with LTE—or Long Term Evolution, typically referred to as a Fourth Generation (4G) mobile connectivity technology. Now, Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications devices are getting onboard with LTE. In much of the world, this wireless standard has superseded the older, slower standards of 2G and 3G for mobile phones, with over 75% penetration across the US, Europe, and especially in Asia. LTE was designed to use a new protocol called Orthogonal Frequency Domain Multiple Access (OFDMA), and it has many advantages for IoT/M2M that are just now becoming apparent.
The Internet of Things can simplify our lives from the outside by making mechanics easier to control, eliminating redundancies, and streamlining processes. These changes have the capability to alter the way we do business across various sectors, including retail, automotive, and urban development.
Yet in spite of these improvements, new technologies carry their own independent complexities, particularly when it comes to testing the system itself. As Francis Adanza at DZone put it, IoT is “a complex realm of crisscrossing wireless connections and long device idle times. This requires very specific testing needs.” Such inherent complexity leads to major challenges for IoT testing.