Hot Tech Innovators 2016

14 Apr 2016

The technology marketplace is in a period of great change. At this critical juncture for the industry, ABI Research has updated its Hot Tech Innovators report that outlines those companies that look set to be at the forefront of this next wave of innovation. ABI Research Analysts identified 60 companies that should be on the radar of all market observers. They should be considered as pioneers, market makers, threats, disruptors, acquisition targets, and transformation agents. Fundamentally, they represent some of the brightest value creators operating today.

802.11ad Will Vastly Enhance Wi-Fi

05 Apr 2016

Wi-Fi continues to evolve in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, but as those bands get more crowded, the industry will increasingly look to IEEE 802.11ad, also known as WiGig, in the unlicensed 60 GHz band. 802.11ad provides multiple Gigabit per second data rates and solves congestion issues by:

  • Using ultra-wideband channel widths of 2.16 GHz
  • Using the 60 GHz band instead of the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band
  • Using beamforming to form narrow beams in 60 GHz spectrum, allowing for other products to use even the same channel at the same time in many cases
  • Being a part of the Wi-Fi ecosystem with tri-band solutions that can do handoffs between 60 GHz and the other Wi-Fi bands

The goal of 802.11ad is to address the congestion and capacity issues, resulting in an improved user experience.

Mobile CDN Optimization and Monetization

19 Feb 2016

Mobile data traffic is forecasted to grow at a significant rate. ABI Research predicts total mobile traffic to experience a CAGR of 40% between 2015 and 2020. As mobile network operators strive to ensure a smooth mobile user content consumption experience while managing the traffic, they are increasingly evaluating the deployment of mobile content delivery networks (mobile CDNs), as well as the optimization and monetization features that come with CDN deployment. This research analysis provides an in depth discussion on the CDN optimization and monetization solution market.

The Importance of MU-MIMO in the Wi-Fi Ecosystem

20 Oct 2015

The market for Wi-Fi products continues to grow. New protocols allow for faster speeds, and people rely on Wi-Fi connectivity to the Internet more than ever. Even though the market has seen a pro- found shift to products supporting the larger 5 GHz spectrum band, this band is starting to become crowded as well in the home, enterprise, and on service provider small cells and hotspots. The shift to faster Wi-Fi protocols helps, but it is MU-MIMO (multi-user MIMO) that will realize the full potential of 802.11ac and mitigate network congestion. At this point, the inclusion of Wi-Fi chipsets supporting MU-MIMO is not something to plan for – the market is already being seeded with MU-MIMO-enabled access points and devices in all ecosystems and industries.

Human-machine Interfaces: Opportunities for Great Experiences

13 Aug 2015

The graphical user interface (GUI) has dominated computing and mobile device interaction, using icons along with a computer mouse or touchscreen to navigate the system. The growth of smart accessories, wearables, and the concept of connected devices will be influenced by other types of user interface (UI). As the vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) starts to take hold, how do people engage and interact with the plethora of new connected devices? Will each thing have its own interface or will it rely on some common, external method, such as a mobile device, a mounted display, or a public kiosk?

Cybersecurity Index of Indices

14 Jul 2015

Cybersecurity development is a complex matter. Whether at the nation state level, or in an enterprise, various factors need to be taken into consideration and layered approach can provide more comprehensive coverage than single solutions. The application of cybersecurity is also a continuous process that needs to match ongoing cybercriminal activities and threat campaigns. As such, the measurement of security postures and progress over time are important elements to strengthening policies, evaluating risks and anticipating future scenarios. Various cybersecurity indices have been published in the past few years; yet not all measure the same capabilities. They can be broadly split into 3 major groups: indices for assessing countries’ national postures, indices for assessing organizations, and indices for assessing threats. The three groups are presented in the below whitepaper alongside current relevant indices.

Hot Tech Innovators 2015

19 Feb 2015

This report includes analysis of 118 of the most innovative companies operating in today’s global markets. They all share a common DNA; they are young, they are aggressive, they are nimble, their technology solution fills a “needs-gap” and they are on the cusp of imminent breakout. If you are working for a company sitting comfortably in the bird seat of any tech market, these are the companies you need to have on your radar. The companies featured in this report represent not only the most forceful potential disruptors for tech markets but also the hottest acquisition targets around.

Global Cybersecurity Index

09 Dec 2014

The Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) is born of a cooperative partnership between the private sector and an international organization to drive the issue of cybersecurity to the forefront of national agendas. A joint project undertaken by ABI Research and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the GCI provides insight into the cybersecurity engagement of sovereign nation states.

Smart Cars and the IoT: Innovation at the Automotive Ecosystem Edge

06 Aug 2014

The connected vehicle automotive segment is at the intersection of the Internet of Everything (IoE), the Internet of Things (IoT), and the Internet of Humans (IoH), concepts that are defined and explained in the previous ABI Research Whitepaper “Internet of Things vs. Internet of Everything – What’s the Difference?”

Internet of Things vs. Internet of Everything – What’s the Difference?

07 May 2014

This ABI Research whitepaper aims to clear up some of the uncertainty that looms over the terminologies. Not only does it dive down into the IoT and IoE but this whitepaper also includes free M2M, IoE, smartphones and wearable data that helps to highlight the differences between the terms.