Now that the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be over, it is the right time for the Internet of Things to develop further in 2022. In this article we will discuss five IoT trends.
1. IoT is evolving into a crucial technology for sustainability
Within the IoT community, the ability of intelligent devices to enable and advance applications for energy optimization and sustainability is well known. With the increasing focus on building a green economy and combating climate change, these IoT devices have the potential to become more sustainable. Lowering energy costs and monitoring points of failure, among other things, will soon change from marginal numbers to drivers of greater expansion.
2. The IoT data processing race is in full swing
In the frenetic IoT data processing race that seriously started in 2015, clear trends have emerged. The suppliers can be grouped according to their core activity: hardware suppliers, cloud suppliers (AWS, Azure) and specific software suppliers. As with most technological land grabs, the end customers will ultimately decide who wins this race. Will cloud vendors dominate, or is there room for smart hardware vendors and innovative software startups? What we see as Thingsdata is that there is plenty of room for organizations that are a combination of the last two (specific hardware and software development under one roof).
3. VR/AR, enter the corporate environment
While people already live and work in smart environments, finding more efficient and effective ways to coexist in these spaces has become a major focus. That means increasing operational efficiency and quality in work environments, but also developing remote operations management will become essential. The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly increased attention for the latter. This requires the convergence of IoT with immersive reality technologies and environmental simulation technologies (such as digital twins). Since such convergence will require a lot of data, the emergence of 5G and consequently edge computing will accelerate the development of VR and AR applications for business and industrial applications.
4. In 2022, 5G will be “IoT ready”
The 5G network is on the rise and is being rolled out in more and more countries, not only in Europe but also beyond, and the network will become increasingly applicable for IoT by 2022. 5G is the successor to 4G and not only improves the way we connect, but it also provides major benefits for IoT applications. 5G is a much more reliable technology than previous generations. This is important when it comes to outages or when parts of the network need to be updated. The 5G architecture is much easier to maintain and at the same time built on more robust foundations and standards. This means that there will be fewer incidents and much less downtime. This is especially useful for IoT applications, especially for mission critical solutions.
5. Secure remote access to assets is becoming increasingly important
Organizations that have enabled remote access to their machines can realize several benefits, including better support from hardware vendors who can remotely troubleshoot and analyze machine data in real time, as well as access to remote experts. But with increased access comes more attacks, so organizations will then increase their cybersecurity spending.