By 2020, the market for wearable Wi-Fi devices for healthcare, fitness, and productivity applications will grow from 2 billion USD to 41 billion USD, according to a report from Soreon Research. The ubiquity of smartphones connected to data networks provides opportunity for businesses not associated with the Internet of Things to enter the market and use IoT to improve the quality of their customers’ lives.
Short message service – or SMS or texting – is a ubiquitous method of communication in our technologically connected world. SMS is used to let your business partners know you will be running late due to traffic or weather or to let your friends know where to meet for lunch, and its influence and reach shows no signs of slowing down. A Gallup Poll from 2014 found that SMS is the dominant form of communication for Americans under 50 years old.
Internet of Things development is making great strides, but there are still problems IoT software developers must face before mass adoption of the technology – similar to smartphones and the Internet – occurs. IoT developers are facing the same integration issues web and mobile developers had to solve years ago: security, data, compatibility, and other technology concerns. IoT is the future of data collection and categorization, but these challenges must be kept in mind and anticipated for IoT to develop into a technology that impacts the entire world.
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.
Your Internet of Things deployment is not a one-size-fits-all operation. You want to choose the right cellular connectivity plan that fits your data needs. That’s why Neo, the IoT connectivity marketplace, now offers multiple data plans so you can select the right fit for your IoT program.