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Future of IoT: 50 Global Voices #tech2016

2016 will be the ‘year of healthcare, agriculture and field service work’ when it comes to mainstream IoT adoption.

The 2G sunset will cause more industry chaos than anyone expects. The sunset has started, and organizations think they have time to transition their IoT strategy beyond 2G. They don’t.

2016 will see an increased focus on making products at the top of the IoT stack, where analytics and intelligence can extract real value from the many connected devices.

“It can happen to me?” will be the number one realization of small businesses (and individuals) as they get hacked through IoT, exposing weak network security and poor password management.

The IoT will grow in consumer and home service sector. Driven across various appliances, retail and safety applications, using multiple electronic devices and subsequent apps.

IoT providers originally focused on building infrastructure, but now the data being generated can be applied to understanding real-world use of their devices to solve problems, rather than guesswork.

A dominant, open-source schema will finally emerge and much of the industry will choose to follow it. Settling this issue will serve as a boon to IoT development.

As companies move out of IoT pilot phases, they will be investing in sophisticated analytics software and upping their focus on security risks.

IoT has theoretically been able to be hacked, but has not been largely exploited by hackers and criminals – that is until this year when we can expect criminals to exploit severe security flaws that will not be remedied quickly.

IoT will revolutionize the way healthcare works, enabling us to keep the patient away from hospitals with care devices. IoT data will reveal patients’ health in real time.

Family pets will be connected. If you see a wandering dog, you point your device and instantly have the information you need at your fingertips to help and take the next steps.

IoT will emerge as an industrial game changer. So far all the hype has been about consumer products like smart lightbulbs, but IoT has much more potential in B2B.

We will see IoT interfaces moving away from siloed apps and becoming focused on predictive, intelligent decision making based on shared behavioural and environmental factors without requiring specific user inputs.

Industrial IoT will emerge as big tangible market and full stack IoT developers will be in huge demand.

The IoT will continue to move in fits and starts with small victories but no kind of platform or standards roadmap.

We will be creating a lot of data due to IOT, and the real value will come from companies who can use the data for something useful.

IoT development will ramp up in 2016. New devices will be inherently IoT enabled as older devices are retro-enabled and connected to a slew of new IoT cloud services.

Interoperability between platforms. In the past couple of months we saw LG partner with Lowe’s Iris platform, Amazon connect their Echo to IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings connect to Nest. What will Google and Apple bring to the table?

While the smart home will become more tightly integrated with smartphone operating systems (OS), security and privacy will become top priority for users and vendors as more IoT vulnerabilities are uncovered.

For IoT, 2015 was about “things.” In 2016, we’ll recognize that the true value of IoT lies in the services enabled from connected devices, rather than the “things” themselves.

The intersection of employees, data and technology enabled intelligent machines is creating fundamental shifts in enterprise business models, leading to not only increased productivity and efficiency but also opening a plethora of new revenue opportunities for companies.

You’ll wake up, ask Alexa (Amazon Echo) where anything or anyone is, and she’ll tell you exactly where, within a range of 2 meters.

An increase in industry specific applications – i.e. solve distinct problems for distinct communities of users.

A key requirement for IoT will be the ability to deploy solutions internationally. That means that any connected device should be designed and developed as a global product, including affordable connectivity.

We’re going to see the IoT begin to hit the mainstream as new products are introduced that meet the day-to-day needs of consumers.

IoT in 2016 will be about distributing sensors everywhere – sensors to collect data for analytics and control purposes. 2016 will also be the year IoT makes dumb devices smart!

IoT/M2M can only succeed to meet the exponential growth forecasted if mobile operators are able to solve the current technological limitations.

The IoT will enter a democratization and commoditization phase. It will be easier, cheaper and simpler for non-technical users to interact and set customized and personal IoT solutions.

The need for autonomous, rationally adaptive devices will emerge: devices that are aware of themselves, other devices, and their environment, and act intelligently based on this incoming data.

The pace of change in IoT development is accelerating. Agile, CI, and OSS will trump manual processes. Developers should modernize, leverage what works, and limit exposure by addressing application security.

Many IoT devices have been deployed without security considerations being adequately addressed. We are going to soon see a major shift in this regard – perhaps after some major incident occurs.

In 2016, most IoT devices will be purchased as part of a subscription service to something, not a standalone product. Think “never run out of toilet paper again, guaranteed” — not “a Bluetooth-connected toilet paper roll holder”.

In 2015 we saw the beginning of convergence; technologies bridging, organizations coming together, and common models emerging. In 2016, I predict convergence will flourish, creating the framework that enables the IoT ecosystem.

Our homes will be at the forefront of IoT change’s as the environment remains top of the news agenda. Connected homes and perceived energy efficiencies will become more attractive to consumers along with time saving benefits.

IoT is growing in momentum and impacting organisations and consumers along the way. 2016 will see the shift in concerns to applications security within IoT devices.

As we integrate IoT into our lives, we will become dependant upon it. When we rely on it the most, we will have lost control of it to cyber criminals.

1 or 2 high profile examples within specific industry segments such as healthcare , automotive, agriculture and smart city initiatives will provide an initial spark of understanding of what is possible in IoT that will drive a wave of creativity and innovation.

IoT vendors will finally realise consumers do not want to control their devices. They want to control their environment using the devices. They must rethink the way in which IoT products are built.

Automation will continue to increase in accuracy and usefulness, causing the number of consumers that connect to IoT at home to double in the next 2 quarters.

IoT will enable companies to make smarter business operations and decisions by focusing more on security – particularly when greater security could generate more returns.

As IoT and integrated industrial control systems continue to grow, they will begin to take a much larger role in risk profiling, and therefore security spending.

There will be more attack types aimed at IoT – in particular home automation, physical security, DVRs and automobiles.

In time connected devices will increase from 5 to 500 per household. The value of IoT isn’t only in the connected devices themselves, but the data those devices are gathering.

IoT will disaggregate. Proprietary ecosystems and home supercomputers? Hardly.  IoT will encourage specialty equipment communicating over secure WiFi/BT networks. Standardization and open UI access is the next battle ground.

Primary changes coming in IoT include an increased risk of network compromises, loss of personal privacy and increased risk of crippling Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

Initial IoT innovation will occur on the business side of IoT. Improving financial outcomes and other business objectives will utilize advances in on-board device logic, machine learning and predictive analytics.

A Core problem of IOT is energy supply. There would be more reach out to energy harvesting solutions such as proximity Beacons powered from indoor light.

The key for IoT devices will be to break away from the tyranny of notifications. We need smarter ways to communicate important data without adding more noise to the signal.

IoT is the emerging phenomenon which promises a smarter and smaller world. The infinite power of data waiting to be unraveled could be a precursor to the development of new technologies. IoT could very well be the most innovative disruption in the communication space.

Primary change in IoT over the next few quarters must be security standards. The more unsecured devices individuals put on unsecured networks will only increase the vulnerability for identity theft.

IoT manufacturers will move from asking ‘why do I need security’ to asking ‘how do I secure this’ as they realize the importance of protecting their reputation and bottom line.

Thousands of mobile apps will allow mobile devices to communicate with a large portion of the projected 6.4 billion IoT devices. At times it’ll be wanted, at other times, not!


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  1. IoT is the future – By 2020, more than 34 billion internet-connected devices will be installed globally — that’s more than 4 devices for every human on earth.
    The Internet of Things first came to us on PCs. Then it moved to smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and TVs.
    But now it’s coming to all of our everyday devices that fall under the IoT umbrella.
    Connected Home
    Financial services
    Food services
    Oil, gas, and mining
    Smart buildings
    Connected Car

  2. Sensors! Sensors! The prime word which will go around the technological space in 2016-17 will be SENSORS. It’s a known fact that all the connected things around us will revolutionize the way we live. Who knows, maybe we will have so much data that we might be very well equipped with the data intelligence needed to tackle global warming! IOT will change the world in a way where the number of notifications you get on any smart device will go down as the amount of data collected from these devices goes up.

  3. Devices that are aware of themselves and the devices around them and act significantly based on incoming data.
    I guess that exactly describes IOT in simple words.If we overcome the technological barriers that is not hard to achieve.

  4. I really like the concept of convergence of every single entity with technology, such that things are becoming simpler by the day, But it is still a big challenge to merge our psychological functions with devices like a detector which was being designed to detect your mood based on the movements in your ear vessels and then playing the desired tune to soothe you. Such advancement is going to take a lot of time but even after a decade, will we achieve the desired precision in the detection process ? Let’s see.

  5. In the near future real world things like cars and trucks, homes, machines and tools will be connected to the Internet in order to make our lives safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly. This will disrupt most businesses and walks of life.Internet of Things and its services are becoming part of our everyday life, ways of working, and business. The long-standing visions of the personal digital assistant, smart home, smart car and the smart environment are now becoming reality with the help of mobile computing and the Internet of Things.

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