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What Does 3GPP Release 17 Have in Store for Enterprise Verticals?

The year 2020 will be a decisive year for enterprise adoption of 5G: while the deployment of cellular 4G/LTE connectivity on factory floors, in warehouses, in ports, and on the roads is becoming more and more popular, the adoption of 5G within the enterprise verticals domain is contingent on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) freezing Release 16 in March 2020. By standardizing massive Machine-Type Communication (mMTC) and Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) capabilities, this is regarded as the most important 5G related release for enterprises, so far.  Since most enterprises look into new communication technology investment in 2020 or 2021, however, all of them have their contingency plans in place, should 3GPP fail to deliver on time. 

While the industry therefore awaits Release 16, 3GPP is already working on what is coming next: preliminary discussions regarding the content of Release 17 began in December 2019. 

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Eleftheria Kouri
Eleftheria Kouri
Research Analyst

Emerging Interaction Methods for AR Smart Glasses to Forge a AR Market Value of $US100 Billion by 2024

User Interface (UI) is a critical component to designing a product that will exceed user expectations, achieve optimal User Experience (UX), and stand out from the competition. At the current stage of hardware maturity, Augmented Reality (AR) smart glasses and AR Software Development Kits (SDKs) support a greater range of interaction methods than ever before. Now in the mix with traditional controllers and smartphones is quickly maturing voice control and novel HMD-based options like gesture recognition and eye tracking. Pairing the proper input method to a well-designed UI allows users to perform tasks more efficiently, intuitively, and swiftly, leading to enhanced user experience and ultimately more fully realized value. ABI Research examined the emerging interaction methods for AR smart glasses that maximize user flexibility and optimize UX in a market that promises value over US$100 billion by 2024.

“The decision around the most efficient input method and UI design strongly relies on the nature of the target task or content, the user’s potential environment, and the type of the AR device,” says Eleftheria Kouri, Research Analyst.

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Michael Inouye
Michael Inouye
Principal Analyst

Standalone VR in Commercial and Enterprise to Spur VR Market Growth to US$24.5 Billion by 2024

The Virtual Reality (VR) market will surpass US$24.5 billion in revenues by 2024, quickly growing at a 45.7% CAGR (2019 to 2024), finds ABI Research. Standalone VR will be the main driver of this growth, expected to account for over 70% of shipments by 2024, as it finds the optimal balance between price, performance, and ease of setup.

By revenue, the commercial and enterprise markets are expected to eclipse the consumer segment by 2021, with healthcare, retail, AEC, education, and location-based VR seeing early traction and expected to continue pushing this market forward. “Training and 3D visualization are the most common use cases but other applications like virtual meetings and productivity will become increasingly common as hardware and platforms improve and evolve,” says Michael Inouye, Principal Analyst.  

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How the 5G revolution could increase mobile security—and opportunities for hackers


As 5G becomes a bigger part of our lives, security experts warn telecoms deploying 5G networks, companies making products that connect to 5G networks, and end users need to think seriously about security.

But 5G security may not be a binary debate between better or worse, says Dimitrios Pavlakis, a digital security analyst at ABI Research. Pavlakis believes 5G security will depend upon its implementation in devices and networks.

"Multiple security aspects must be reworked for each different implementation" of 5G, he says.

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More Manufacturers Bet on Simulation Software

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Within the next five years, an estimated 110,000 companies world-wide are expected to use some form of simulation software, up from 60,000 in 2018, information-technology market-research company ABI Research said in a report.

Simulation software is used by machinery and appliance factories, auto makers and other manufacturers to determine how planned changes to a production line are likely to affect production, said Michael Larner. “Historically the effects of changes to the production line, or changes to product designs, were a matter of guesswork with teams relying on the experience of machine operators and designers.”

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