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.
After more than a decade of location technology, turn-by-turn navigation remains the most well-known application. More importantly, it is one that users are prepared to purchase. Up until now, navigation has maintained its position as a premium service. This is about to change, however, driven by increasing levels of competition as navigation is adopted by the mass market. Free, ad-funded handset-based navigation has made its appearance in Europe, PNDs are now available for less than $100, and in-dash navigation is breaking through the €500 barrier in Europe. The recent economic downturn will only accelerate this trend. How will this development affect the location industry?