The Internet of Things is causing the worlds of informational technologies and operational technologies to collide, and this collision will only get louder as suppliers and enterprises confront its complexity, opportunities, and challenges. The IT and OT Convergence sector examines the communications and protocol technologies linking the physical and digital domains and vying to create the smart factories and next-generation industrial processes of the future. The next generation enterprise will also need to implement new technologies such as beacons, augmented and virtual reality, and innovative uses of wearable technologies to create a more seamless workplace of machines and people. Billions of new connected endpoints also require that security be a top priority from the shop floor through to the data center. Finally, special focus is given to key markets that present some of the greatest complexities and opportunities as IT and OT merge and compete, including smart transportation, smart cities, and industrial robotics.
Google and more recently Nokia have dominated the navigation debate ever since they launched free turn-by-turn navigation solutions. At each occasion it resulted in sharp drops of TomTom’s and Garmin’s share prices. It prompted Networks in Motion to rush its exit strategy, being acquired by Telecommunication Systems for $170 million – actually only $110 million in cash – an attractive price by any standard but waiting any longer did not seem to be an option for NIM fearing further value erosion. At the same time it forced both TomTom and Navigon to lower the price of their iPhone navigation software considerably. However, the question on everybody’s mind is who will be next to offer free navigation.