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.
While the old debate about smartphone navigation applications versus dedicated Personal Navigation Devices rages on, a third form factor is quietly conquering the navigation space. It emerges as a reincarnation of the oldest of in-car navigation form factors, one that has been around for more than a decade as an expensive option (AKA status symbol) in high end passenger cars: embedded, in-dash navigation. In its new form in-dash navigation is both affordable and …connected, embracing the even older consumer telematics paradigm closing the circle completely.