In 2019 we will see the Internet of Things be deployed even more widely then we saw last year. We are starting to see even from our customers that have clients that would not normally implement a typical IoT project but are doing so to solve some of the most fundamental problems.
Soon, IoT will be taken for granted that pretty much any device we own vehicles, TVs, homes, kitchen appliances can go online and communicate with each other. We see this in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) too, tools and machinery are increasingly “intelligent” or connected, generating data that drives efficiency and enables new paradigms such as predictive maintenance to become a reality, rather than a pipe-dream. It is predicted that by the end of 2019 there will be 26 billion connected devices around the world.
Below are a few trends we plan to see in 2019.
More computing at the Edge.
In 2018 we started to see a push for low latency IoT decision making at the edge. This was solved by putting low-cost computing power at the edge inside the local network. Edge computing and On-Premise IoT allows customers to make sub-second decisions along with keeping their data secure because it never has to leave the four walls of the location it’s deployed.
- Extra Security.
- Accurate Real-Time data not “Real-Time data.”
- Decisions made at the local facility. (No Lag time)
- Larger ROI’s.
- Reduced data transmission.
- Big Data projects are nothing to be feared with batching.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will continue to drive tons of IoT development.
The use of AI in IoT will push IoT to its limits; we will start to see more and more connected devices driven by AI. That AI will want to control the environment around it, giving it a connection and allowing it to communicate to the world around through the Internet of Things will be key. This will push not only how IoT devices work but will also push the networks they connect through.
5G IoT Connected devices.
While 5G is still quite a bit away for most of us, it is being talked about and planned for in the Internet of Things communities. 5G will allow not only more substantial data transmission it will provide speed, and when your company needs to make thousands of mission-critical decisions at once, it will be thankful that 5G is around.
However, 4G IoT connected devices today still solve significant problems, and while the vast majority of the business using 4G IoT devices might not upgrade because they don’t need the additional speed or bandwidth.
More Adoption from industries you would never expect.
As I stated at the beginning of this article, we are starting to see more traditional business adopt IoT unknowingly – but need to solve some fundamental issues. In 2019 we are going to see many of the holdouts or late adopters start to adopt as IoT has begun to become built into mainstream products. The businesses are, as I stated “unknowing adopting IoT” because many of the solutions like automated gates and parking monitors are all Internet-connected and build into IoT products. While the traditional business is just upgrading or purchasing new hardware, they have become part of the future without having to invest in their own Internet of Things solution.
Looking for More?
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