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.
For four days in February, a team of ABI Research analysts scoured exhibits, attended seminars, and participated in panel discussions at the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, coming away with a variety of impressions, some reinforcing ABI Research’s current views, others prompting thinking along new lines. On the navigation front, Mobile World Congress was the perfect venue for carriers, handset vendors, and navigation software providers to demonstrate they are still very much alive, though machine-to-machine (M2M) stole the limelight LBS formerly enjoyed. The battle for control of mobile advertising was front and center: good news for marketers. Although MWC 2010 dedicated an entire hall to applications, the announcements about operator efforts with apps even more intriguing. Many conversations focused on the growing threat of exploding mobile data traffic and a prevailing theme was 4G – and everything related to it. Read this ABI Insight for detailed information on all these topics – and more.