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MWC and IoT: What We Learned

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Matt Louden

IoT devicesEvery year, Mobile World Congress (MWC) brings together global mobility experts and thought leaders to discuss the industry’s hottest topics and latest technologies. Without a doubt, the Internet of Things (IoT) was on this year’s agenda.

By 2018, IoT will surpass mobile phones as the largest global connected device population. Also, the number of IoT devices is growing year-over-year by 35%, so it’s not surprising that enterprises want to explore this topic further before spending nearly $6 trillion over the next five years. Here are three hot IoT topics we heard all about at MWC 2017:

Carrier-Dependent Connectivity

Unlike end-user smartphones, IoT devices and sensors rely exclusively on mobile carrier data networks for connectivity. Despite the stationary nature of some technologies, a wired or local Wi-Fi network is incapable of supporting data transfers to, from, and/or between connected devices.

This information is not only difficult to obtain and analyze, but also makes up a significant portion of an IoT program’s total cost.[tweet this]

The digital marketplace offers a multitude of IoT asset tracking and reporting solutions. What truly concerns enterprises, however, is managing and optimizing device data usage. This information is not only difficult to obtain and analyze, but also makes up a significant portion of an IoT program’s total cost.

A Mobility Management Platform (MMP) centralizes all mobile device and program types into a single software management system, allowing businesses to manage IoT asset tracking and data usage management alongside one another. These solutions add context to program spend and make it possible to mine IoT data for potential analytics efforts.

Nontraditional Management Needs

For a business, managing IoT and mobile devices are two fundamentally different tasks.[tweet this]

For a business, managing IoT and mobile devices are two fundamentally different tasks. However, there are some similarities. Like most mobile devices, connected device management relies on asset tracking abilities and full lifecycle support.

Constantly knowing where IoT devices are and what condition they’re in is critical to ensuring overall program security and success. A centralized MMP optimizes tracking and support efforts, transforming data into faster machine repair times, reduced time-to-market, more accurate databases, more efficient production cycles, and even brand-new enterprise capabilities.

Single-platform solutions that control all device types are emerging as today’s most effective enterprise mobility answer. On top of simplifying device management, software-first MMPs make companies more responsive to customers and more flexible when faced with an unexpected crisis or delay.

Transformational Analytics

IoT enhances data’s value and usability.[tweet this]

Business intelligence has been permanently altered by data analytics and IoT, which enhances data’s value and usability. Even the most basic connected devices are capable of collecting, integrating, cleaning, and processing information that was impossible to capture just a few years ago.

Beyond low-level analysis, IoT programs add richer context and data fusion techniques to analytics. This allows patterns and trends to be identified, leading to the potential for innovations like behavior learning, anomaly detection, and object clustering.

Once predictive analysis is applied, data can be mined, optimized, and/or simulated, providing a business with staggering returns on its IoT investment. Machine learning and cognitive computing is made possible, and automated systems can begin to sense, understand, and work with minimal human interaction.

If your mobility program lacks IoT innovation, it won’t be long before your business falls behind the competition. Want to learn more about how a centralized MMP can benefit your program? Talk to one of our mobility experts and schedule your customized software demo today!

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