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Sierra Wireless 2018 Predictions: Top Internet of Things Predictions

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Philippe Guillemette, CTO, Sierra Wireless

Top Internet of Things Predictions for 2018

In 2017, we witnessed major growth toward making our cities, businesses, cars and homes smarter with the Internet of Things. Yet, with many more new IoT applications entering the market, we are on the verge of a new phase of explosive growth in the IoT industry. However, with this growth will also come new challenges. Here are my top predictions that will drive development of the IoT in 2018: 

LPWA Will Kick the IoT Into A Higher Gear: 2018 will see the beginning of a growth surge for the IoT - with IoT projects penetrating further into all markets from municipalities to agricultural to industrial equipment to consumer electronics among many others, as businesses understand the transformative value of their data. Developers will take advantage of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular networking technologies to build new and improved smart city, energy, agricultural and other industrial applications that will conserve natural resources, improve user experiences, transform how businesses operate, and ultimately change the way we interact with our world.

Edge Computing Becomes a Priority: The IoT industry will increase research and investment into edge computing technologies and introduce new edge computing capabilities as the need to balance computing resources between the cloud and the edge emerges as a key design and deployment consideration. This trend will be fueled by growing LPWA deployments with resourced-constrained edge devices.

The IoT Gets Serious About Security: Recent IoT cyberattack incidents will lead IoT vendors, applications developers and customers to further prioritize and invest more in IoT security. Expect greater adoption of security best practices and technologies, such as the elimination of default passwords, regular firmware security updates and more intensive collaboration with relevant government and industry incident response agencies, such as the United States Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) and the Industry Consortium for the Advancement of Safety on the Internet (ICASI).

The Focus for 5G will be on Fixed Wireless Broadband: With 5G's revolutionary ability to deliver multi-Gigabit speeds and massive capacity, developers will create new applications that require the delivery of very large amounts of data over short distances - such as pay-TV and other fixed wireless broadband use cases. However, with 5G only offering incremental improvements for low bandwidth applications, the IoT industry focus will remain on LTE-M and NB-IOT technologies, which already address the needs of most IoT use cases while also offering a smooth transition path to 5G when it is launched.

MuLTEFire Will Gain Momentum: Although the commercialization of MuLTEFire V1.1 with LTE-M and NB-IOT support will not begin until 2019, in 2018 MuLTEFire will gain momentum, broad ecosystem support and wide-ranging customer interest because it will expand the cellular market into private networks and offer a wide range of services not available today with technologies that operate in unlicensed bands.

More AI Integration into the IoT: Though still nascent, in 2018 applications that use AI to secure greater insight from the massive amounts of data generated by the IoT will start moving out of the lab and into commercial production. Meanwhile, the IoT industry will dedicate more resources to AI R&D, in the hope of developing the next breakthrough in IoT applications.


About the Author

Philippe Guillemette 

As Chief Technology Officer, Philippe Guillemette has a mandate to drive common technology platform activities and innovation across all business units. Philippe joined Sierra Wireless in March 2009 from Wavecom, where he served as Chief Technology Officer since 2003 and Vice President of Marketing since 2005. Philippe joined Wavecom in 1993 and held various positions there, including Vice President of Research and Development, Vice President of Technology, and Director of Software Development. Prior to joining Wavecom, Philippe was a software engineer at Nortel Networks.
Published Friday, December 22, 2017 7:34 AM by David Marshall
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