We are in the early stages of a new world where everything that should be connected will be connected. Connected cars, homes, industrial processes, healthcare, agriculture, and other sectors comprise a few billion connections today. In the next 20 years, connections to things, sensors, computers, and people will grow nearly 10 times. Helping businesses limit the risk and maximize the opportunity is the IoT, IoE, and M2M intelligence sector. This sector provides an end-to-end view of the connected thing value chain from devices to value-added services. Critical IoT solution components of connected devices, service platforms, security, analytics, IoT applications, partner programs, and professional services are examined by supplier and technology viewpoints. The sector is grounded in the IoT Market Tracker, a highly segmented database that quantifies the entire IoT value chain by connection technology and six revenue categories. Additionally, the IoE Market Tracker provides a total market view by fixed and wireless connection technologies and by vertical market for computing devices and connected things.
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.