It’s clear from the headlines and success stories across the globe that IoT is here to stay. One of the fastest-growing technology sectors, and showing no sign of slowing down, IoT and connected technology are leading the way in many different industries. There are strong indicators that larger scale IoT deployments are set to continue as Enterprises adopt and leverage technologies such as eUICC and a managed service approach to connectivity. Read on for Arkessa’s thoughts on what might come next for the Internet of Things.

Enterprise IoT

Strong alliances and secure partnerships are the key to success within IoT, and we look forward in anticipation of these channels delivering real solutions into Enterprise-scale programs.

There are a number of sectors on a strong positive vector, including Transport, Facilities and Asset Management, Energy, Retail, Manufacturing and Healthcare. Customers and patients alike look set to receive the benefits that connected assets and digitalisation can bring to these sectors. Check out the Arkessa IoT blog round-up for further details on how IoT is already making a positive impact on these individual industries.

Shopping in the future is likely to be quicker, easier and more stress-free for all involved, and solutions like Fujitsu’s connected global solution for Retail are leading the way.

Similarly, connected healthcare solutions such as Actiste, a mobile health device that simplifies insulin-treated diabetes, are set to be life-changing for millions of people.

Security, Scalability, and Simplicity

These three core values will remain key criteria for delivering secure end-to-end solutions built on resilient and secure connections for whatever sector you’re in.

Through eUICC technology – which combines a global bootstrap capability with localisation services – Enterprises are given the control and capacity to implement zero-touch deployment on a global scale.

One platform, one service provider, one support team. Increasingly, Enterprises are seeking out simplicity in their IoT, and looking to link up with connectivity partners who will provide them with simple and easy-to-navigate solutions that genuinely make their businesses easier to run.

 Scaling it up in Smart Cities

As individual Enterprises and public organisations embrace the IoT within our urban spaces by leveraging secure interoperability solutions, then integrated and connected Smart Cities will become the norm. The advantages of creating Smart Cities are multi-fold, not least in terms of the benefits to the environment that can come about through implementing connected technology.

Integrating connected devices within their built environments – both office and commercial – can help Enterprises reduce their individual carbon footprints as well as improving the health and well-being of their staff and customers. Keeping a check on heating and electricity usage and optimising air quality all have a positive impact on the immediate and wider environment. Improving outdoor air quality through connected solutions, keeping a check on pollution levels, and implementing traffic and transport solutions for the benefits of commuters and city workers all make a significant difference to our urban spaces.

There are of course many reasons why more and more companies and industries will be getting on board with the IoT this year – saving money, making life easier for staff, disrupting traditional business models, improving customer service, and looking after the planet are all important. We are excited to be driving these positive changes and we look forward to the journey! Happy 2018!

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