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.
Digital maps remain the cornerstone of navigation, LBS, and telematics services and solutions; however, more than a year after the eye-catching acquisitions of Tele Atlas and NAVTEQ by TomTom and Nokia, the hype about the role of digital maps is waning. In fact, the exorbitant amounts of money paid for Tele Atlas and NAVTEQ has cut deep into the profitability of both TomTom and Nokia. TomTom is already writing off more than $1 billion of its Tele Atlas asset as goodwill impairment, as the valuation of Tele Atlas at the time of the acquisition can no longer be sustained. At the same time, the expected returns of these acquisitions have been disappointing as PND sales are saturating, and a lot of the growth in next generation LBS services only offers limited map licensing revenue opportunities due to mounting price pressure from vendors offering free services. This ABI Research white paper describes the current state of the digital mapping industry and future business models.