IoT 2016: Trends & Predictions

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We’re almost nearing the end of 2015, which was a pretty exciting year for IoT which saw immense popularity (based on the numbers of IoT  events, articles & product launches). This generates even more excitement for 2016 . Will IoT be gaining more adoption & coverage?  Here’s my 2016 IoT predictions:-

crystal-ballBig Data becomes mainstream (with IoT)  without a doubt, it’s hard to separate IoT from Big Data Analytics, as where would we get the huge amount of data from? With the number of “Things” increasing vs population(or connected devices like smartphones,tablets,PC’s etc. ) , probably overtaking it in 2016  (Gartner, Inc. forecasted 4.9 billion connected things in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020)

SOM adoption into more devices    SOM (System-On-Module) designs accelerate quickly IoT hardware development , from prototyping to certifications. We’ve seen an almost endless stream of new IoT-ready development platforms (& probably more in 2016). Some of the SOM development kits includes Intel Edison, Linkit ONE, Samsung’s Artik just to name a few . In the maker’s space, you have the ESP-8266 (wifi SOM) & lately EMW-3165 ARM-based SOM from virtually unknown fabless semiconductor design companies. In very small volumes, these 32-bit based SOM (some comes with FCC certification as well) even costs less than bare-bones 8-bit Microcontrollers! . These platforms will eventually create very powerful & low-cost IoT products in the future.

Wifi SOM
example of wifi SOM

Security concerns of IoT  Security has always been one of the primary concerns that is a delicate balance between features, processing power/encryption capabilities & connectivity of “Things”. Its is much harder to hack an 8-bit micro-controller remotely (though still possible, see how to hack hardware) than a 32-bit system that has all the features of a tiny PC. Some of the emerging standards have included this ( IoT alliance standards) & will we see some interesting designs around FPGA’s (SOM features with built-in hardware-based encryption?) with Intel’s acquisition of Altera?

Social IoT network  We normally equate IoT as being lifeless  “objects” with connectivity to the internet. An oxymoron would be, the next “killer” IoT product needs to one that constantly engage with the user/users “socially” & be part of the social network not unlike a “Siri”, “Cortana” or Google app.  & also with other IoT devices to function as one “system” . Here’s an example, product tweeting service

5G  or similar new networks holds a great promise to enable a very low-latency (<10ms ) network that will see very small & low powered devices  (all processing of data will be cloud-based) that enables IoT to take advantage of super-computers like Watson to compute large amounts of data & respond in “real-time”.  Will a consumer ready network be ready by end of 2016?

JavaScript language is already used widely to develop dynamic web applications & with node.js , server side-applications as well.  You can also run Javascript in embedded hardware as well which makes it fast becoming the development language of choice for IoT

Kinoma Element The smallest JavaScript-powered embedded prototyping platform

IoT Architect Developer Putting together a team together for an IoT project involves combining skills from very different domains. Some organisations are throwing such projects to software teams & vice versa with not so favorable outcomes. IoT developers or that has insights into different domains such as software & hardware combined, will enhance the productivity & success of such teams.

2016 will indeed be an exciting year for IoT!

Happy New Year




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