The Future of IoT in Enterprise – 2017
We are trained from an early age to view history in easy to understand blocks of change. Antiquity, medieval, the renaissance, industrial revolution, and the modern era all have their clearly defined periods. However, it is far harder to picture a new age when you are living through it. Yet the new digital age we are entering is turning everything we do and think on its head at a breath-taking pace. It really will be a new age – a Fourth Industrial Revolution – where life for all of us will be nothing like what has gone before. Advances in miniaturisation, wireless connectivity, and increased data storage capacity mean that we can transform everyday objects into a network of information that allows us to understand our world more than ever. The Internet of Things (IoT) has become the vanguard ushering in this new age. It is the eyes and ears of the world around us and is enabling radical change in our homes and work.
The Inmarsat Research Programme is dedicated to understanding the IoT phenomenon in some of our most important industries – agritech, energy
production, transportation, and mining. These sectors are the foundation to security and stability in the world. By 2050, world population will hit 10
billion people, which will demand entirely new thought processes if we are to live sustainably and peacefully on this planet. We will need new production methods if we are going to feed everyone. Mass urbanisation will challenge how we connect our cities and enable transportation across the world. The demand for energy will only increase, putting huge strain on the need to improve sustainability and energy efficiency. And without the raw materials from mining, our ability to build the infrastructure needed for a growing society will be severely restricted.
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