That future is no longer a vision – it’s an exciting reality that’s taking shape today. As we forge into 2019, here are some IoT trends and predictions that we see at AT&T.
2019 IoT predictions- The Internet of Things is changing the world as we know it. Over the years, the industry has talked about what the future might look like and how our lives might be different as more and more things become connected. That future is no longer a vision – it’s an exciting reality that’s taking shape today. As we forge into 2019, here are some IoT trends and predictions that we see at AT&T.
The first mainstream self-driving ‘things’ likely won’t be cars.
Tractors and farm equipment, heavy machinery for things like mining, drones, and robots will lead the first wave of automation.While self-driving cars may eventually be a staple on the roadways, that reality is still many years away. These other machines will provide an early proving ground and will pave the way for mass automation in the future.
Cities will use gamification to encourage citizen engagement.
Smart Cities will use network technology in new ways to engage citizens, such as gamification. City residents will get points for things like paying their water bill on time, recycling, reporting potholes and for taking public transit instead of driving. Those points will be redeemable for discounts on services or VIP access to events in the city.
We’ll extend beyond connected things to connected spaces and connected experiences.
From stadiums to entertainment districts to transportation systems, connectivity will be a key differentiator for fans and local citizens. Being able to identify the shortest concession line, or find and pay for the nearest parking spot, or order merchandise and have it delivered to your seat – all from your mobile device – will become more common when you attend your favorite sporting event or concert.
Video-as-a-sensor technology will enhance IoT data insights.
Near-real time imagery combined with near-real time data provides a 3-dimentional view of a business’s assets and processes. Companies and cities that adopt video sensors as part of their IoT strategy will have an enhanced ability to improve operations, save time and money, and increase public safety. Expect surveillance-as-a-service and inspection-as-a-service models to gain traction, and expect a new wave of multi-purpose IoT devices that include cellular-enabled cameras.
Manufacturing, healthcare and public safety are expected to be the early benefactors of 5G.
Smart factories will revolutionize the manufacturing process as they connect the entire supply chain. The doctor-patient relationship and the traditional way that we think of healthcare will transform. And first responders will have new technology and lifesaving capabilities to protect citizens like never before.
IoT solutions will be key to helping companies achieve their sustainability objectives by conserving water, reducing energy & fuel use and driving lower carbon emissions.
More and more companies and cities will adopt IoT solutions with a goal of improving the environment and the society for the greater good. Industrial IoT applications such as asset and fleet management solutions will unlock massive efficiencies and help reduce emissions across multiple industries such as manufacturing, transportation and logistics and energy.