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. Examined in the IT and OT Convergence sector are the communications and protocol technologies linking the physical and digital domains and vying to create the smart factory 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 number priority from the shop floor through to the data center. Finally, special focus is given to key markets that present some the greatest complexities and opportunities as IT and OT merge and compete, including smart transportation, smart cities, and industrial robotics.
With iPad sales booming, the time is right to look at the iPad location application landscape and by extension the tablet form factor in general. With both the 3G and the Wi-Fi versions offering location capabilities based on GPS + Wi-Fi + Cell-ID and Wi-Fi only (respectively), the iPad definitely is a capable location device. Additionally the presence of a digital compass and accelerometer allows for an even better location experience. However, the lack of a digital camera precludes the use of augmented reality applications. The biggest question remaining is: Which location use cases are most suited for a form factor with a positioning somewhere between a portable and a desktop device?