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Nokia Seeks to Deliver at the Industrial Edge

In October 2021, Nokia announced the launch of MX Industrial Edge, the company’s on-premises edge solution that enables customers to deploy applications and to manage devices and workflows. The company is integrating these capabilities with its 4.9G/LTE and 5G private wireless networks and industrial software applications. The suite also combines Nokia’s capabilities with those of its partners. One in partner in particular—Taqtile—has demonstrated how Nokia is combining its expertise in connectivity and edge computing with partners to support workers in manufacturing facilities.

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Regulations and Standards in IoT Security: Innovation Versus Compliance

Security standards compliance on the Internet of Things (IoT) is not an easy task to tackle for regulatory bodies nor implementers. It requires tracking down current and future technological advances, standardizing secure hardware and software specifications, ascertaining the long-term industry requirements on a multileveled scale, and addressing infrastructure needs unique to IoT application scenarios. How can organizations hope to navigate this multifaceted task and prepare for the next wave of standards?

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To Buy or to Partner—That is the Question: What Should SD-WAN Vendors Do to Develop Their “Secure” Offering?

Pressing security concerns mean that Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is likely to rule the market for years to come, but which strategy should appliance vendors follow to integrate security functionality: Should they buy or partner with NSPs?

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Wi-Fi HaLow’s New Certification to Expand the Technology’s Portfolio

In November 2021, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow certification program for 802.11ah Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Wi-Fi HaLow uses the sub-1 GHz band to provide long-range, low-power robust connectivity with the ability to support thousands of devices per Access Point (AP). Many applications—such as streaming video from security cameras in challenging environments that include walls and other barriers (such as garages, basements, attics, warehouses, factories, and large outdoor areas)—can be supported by Wi-Fi HaLow.

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Adhish Luitel
Adhish Luitel
Industry Analyst

Revenues from Warehouse Management Systems to Exceed US$10 Billion by 2030

The warehousing sector has been forced to ramp up its digitization efforts considering the increased order volume and growing omnichannel trends due to the e-commerce boom. Global investment in Warehouse Management System (WMS) platforms surged from US$2.3 billion in 2019 to over US$2.5 billion in 2020, indicating an 8% year-over-year growth. The biggest investment in WMS, unsurprisingly, has come from logistics service providers with over US$636 million last year. Investments in retail and food and beverages follow suit with US$509 million and US$483 million respectively. According to ABI Research, worldwide WMS market revenues will have a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 23% from 2021 to 2030 and exceed US$10 billion in revenues by 2030.

Companies are starting to combine the value of multiple hardware and software solutions. Productivity technologies can achieve far greater return on investment if combined correctly with other technologies. For example, by combining location tracking data with a voice solution, warehouses using a WMS can optimize workflows by minimizing distance traveled based on a worker’s whereabouts,” explains Adhish Luitel, Industry Analyst, Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

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Fei Liu
Fei Liu
Industry Analyst

The Acceleration of 5G Rollouts Will Drive Worldwide mMIMO Deployments to Reach 32 Million by 2026

Global mobile data traffic is expected to grow at a six-year Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 97%, reaching to 1331 exabyte in 2025, up from 23 exabyte in 2019. This increase in traffic is driving mobile operators to accelerate 5G rollouts, with Massive Multiple Input/Multiple Output (mMIMO) as a key enabler. ABI Research expects that worldwide 5G massive MIMO deployments will reach 32 million by 2026, from less than 2 million in 2020.

There are two Massive MIMO configurations in primary use, 64T64R massive MIMO, mainly deployed in very dense urban areas, and 32T32R which has capacity sufficient for urban and suburban areas. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) need both 64T64R and 32T32R mMIMO to build the best possible 5G networks,” explains Fei Liu, 5G & Mobile Network Infrastructure Industry Analyst. 64T64R offers higher capacity and coverage compared to 32T32R, but it is more energy consuming and expensive which affect operators’ Return of Investment (ROI). It also presents size and weight issues. Therefore, operators are a deploying a mix of 64T64R and 32T32R massive MIMO, depending on the scenario. “However, with ongoing innovation on both hardware and software, 64T64R is expected to reduce energy, cost, weight, and size.  Eventually 64T64R will become the future deployment trend as operators continue to increase the quality of service,” Liu says.

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A Blast Furnace in China Gets Smart Tech, and Jobs Get Safer

Industry Week (written by ABI Research Industry Analyst Kangrui Ling)

The advent of 5G is helping realize the promises of a smart factory, including production efficiency and automation on the factory floor. However, industrial 5G deployments have also proven to improve the well-being and safety of employees in production facilities, not just drive business outcomes.

Moving forward, ABI Research expects more industrial use cases enabled by 5G, driving social improvement and business outcomes. For example, 5G augmented reality (AR) glasses have helped steel factory workers interact remotely with foreign technicians during the COVID-19 pandemic to commission and install equipment. Many other use cases are being trialled and deployed, including 5G-based indoor tracking of personnel and assets; 5G automated guided vehicles (AGVs) or autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for materials handling; and 5G-based video surveillance with artificial intelligence that can detect dangerous working behavior or conditions.

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Smart Tech Goes Niche With Devices That Specialize

Forbes

Now there’s growing interest in a class of smart devices that lies between the smartphone and sensors on the Internet of Things. It includes wearable devices—like smart watches and glasses—connected clothing and smart speakers. Together, they offer new possibilities for businesses and consumers. The advent of high-speed, low-latency data communications over 5G—combined with cloud and edge computing and storage—means that simpler, task-specific devices are poised to play a larger role.

In a medical or senior care setting, a smart hospital gown could be used as an alternative to a bracelet to carry essential information. For hospital patients undergoing surgery, it could, for example, track a patient's progress and location at the hospital, from check-in to consultation to surgery prep—all the way to discharge. The potential for including sensors to monitor vital signs makes it even more useful. ABI Research found that the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of wearables that can identify early symptoms of the virus and trigger alerts if the patient’s breathing deteriorates.

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