Back in August 2012, AT&T announced that it would be shutting down 2G GSM services (including GPRS and EDGE packet-data) by January 1, 2017. The reasons for this technological sunset have to do with various historical and business issues that drive the cellular industry.
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When creating and managing an Internet of Things / machine-to-machine deployment, you’ll want to integrate analytics from the start so you can gain the most value from your investment. Gathering data in real-time helps businesses analyze and decide what optimal actions to take.
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%.
Gartner reports that 6.4 billion connected ‘things’ are currently in use worldwide as of 2016, and this number will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. As you get connect your IoT devices, you’ll want to understand how the Internet of Things works, from sensors to connectivity to IoT platforms. You don’t need to be an engineer yourself, but even as a project manager or executive, basic guidance on how the systems work together will empower you to create your own IoT deployment that reduces operating costs or increases revenue.
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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.
Losing your keys or sunglasses can be frustrating – losing big-ticket items or even your pet can be a nightmare. Luckily, these days there are many tools to help people track and recover precious belongings. Internet of Things technology is being used by a number of companies to tag things in case they are lost or stolen, much the same way IoT is being used by manufacturing to make supply chains and inventory more efficient. Except IoT tracking frequently uses GPS – or Global Positioning System – to determine the location of a tagged item, so the potentially lost thing can be found most anywhere on earth.
Pundits suggest that the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications will grow exponentially in the coming years. From a conservative estimate of 4.9 billion connected things in use today, the market could grow as wild as 1 trillion connected devices by 2020, if predictions are to be believed. But those of us in the industry know that IoT/M2M is no longer mere hype, it’s part of mainstream technology and a viable business. In Aeris’ eBook, The Definitive Guide to IoT for Business, we discuss how organizations can smartly scale for growth in a whole chapter on IoT scalability and alternative technologies.
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Can the Internet of Things give you a competitive edge? 71% of IT decision-makers for companies with 1,000 to 3,000 employees say yes, their IoT strategy gives them an advantage. But this and other gains from the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications come with big challenges that smaller businesses must overcome, such as building IoT/M2M devices and deployments. These issues and insights were gathered by research firm Vanson Bourne for Aeris in a study now available. We had 300 executives from the United States and the United Kingdom polled to examine IoT’s perceived impact on business in the year ahead, as well as to determine how perspectives on IoT have evolved since 2013.