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IoT 2019: Five Trends

By Dick Weisinger

Big growth is expected for the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2019. Outlined below are some of the trends that we can expect for the coming year.

One glaring problem with IoT devices that was exposed multiple times in 2018 was the poor or nonexistent security in the current generation of IoT devices. The problem has dampened the speed of adoption of IoT. In order for the IoT industry segment to grow, manufacturers will need to address this. Expect 2019 to be a year where there is an intense focus on security and plugging vulnerabilities in IoT devices.

Smart Buildings and Cities
IoT technologies will be applied to make cities smarter by helping with traffic control, waste management, lighting, providing of 5G services, analyzing and preventing crimes, and disseminating information. Buildings will be more efficient in the use of lighting, climate control, space, security, and asset tracking.

Manufacturing and Healthcare
Manufacturing and Healthcare will be changed dramatically as sensors and RFID tags enable better tracking of all aspects of these businesses. Manufacturers will see reduced down times, better performance, improvements in supply chain tracking and management, and better inventory management. Hospitals will be able to track equipment in real time, improve home care and personal healthcare, and better control sensitive data and patient records.

Smarter Transportation
Autonomous cars and vehicles are coming. But even before they become common, IoT is being applied to standard vehicles and at all price points. Smart dashboards are reporting information from on-board sensors to give drivers information about their tire pressure, engine status, oil level and fuel consumption. Navigation, traffic and vicinity information will be available via voice search.

Competition Among Big Tech
Big tech vendors see the opportunity and aren’t just waiting to see how the market develops. Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others all are trying to establish a foothold and establish themselves as a leader in the technology. Expect competition to grow intense in 2019.

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