Unprecedented Mobility In The IOT Era


With the number of mobile connected devices exceeding the world’s population by the end of the year we can clearly usher in the era of IOT/IOE, where“unprecedented mobility” will become an essential part of our lives. Sensors on and around us are growing faster than Moore’s law. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of sensors around a person in 2017.

The ‘Internet of Everything’ (IOE) will change everything about how we live our lives and conduct our business. IOE is probably going to be one of the largest technology trends and the key factor responsible for its rise is the proliferation of mobility. With data being collected from an ever growing eco-system of networked devices and sensors, we are now able to analyze the data on the cloud in near real-time and provide innovative solutions to consumers and enterprises.

With advances in Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Machine-to-Person (M2P) and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) communications, we are able to provide data and experiences that are highly personalized and context aware. It is predicted that over $96 billion will be the annual customer spend directly affected by context aware technologies in 2015. Nearly 40 percent of smart phone users will be opting for context-aware services by 2015, making pervasive adoption of context aware mobile computing a reality. Therefore CXO’s have to start looking at a mobile strategy that will prepare them for the rapid and pervasive adoption of IOT/IOE.

Listed below are five steps to preparing for the “unprecedented mobile strategy”:

1) Mapping Users Mobile context – Determine the user context and mobile experience i.e. situational, preferential, attitudinal 

- Situational — The current time, location, altitude, environmental conditions, and travel speeds the user is experiencing

- Preferential — Historical personal decisions that the customer has shared with the application or with social networks

- Attitudinal — The feelings or emotions implied by the customer’s actions and logistics

2) Map the business opportunity and experience – Evaluate the business opportunity and associate the appropriate experience.

3) Mapping the experience with the technology –the business opportunity and the experience of appropriate technology and mobility solutions should be integrated.

4) Distributed network and information governance – a strong IOE mobility strategy will need to be taken into consideration, integration of a plethora of external devices/sensors that will need to come together to solve a business problem and a cohesive information management strategy to deliver a seamless user experience.

5) Security – In previous mobility deployments organizations could manage risks by providing employees with a list of supported devices and securing them so that they could access the relevant information. The security strategy for IOE will have to take into consideration not only a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategy, but it will also have to provide a federated identity strategy to integrate devices and data from a plethora of BYOS (Bring Your Own Sensor) devices.

IOT/IOE is the new technology frontier and mobility will play a key role as an enabler to ensure new business opportunities and experiences are enabled. CXO’s will need to address challenges and opportunities that they will now be faced with in terms of; explosion of mobile devices and sensors – becoming more affordable and powerful all the time, silicon economics – steadily declining costs for bandwidth and storage and new business models that will emerge as a result of mobile context aware services. Every type of business has the potential to be transformed by this technology revolution and the implications go well beyond how we are looking at “things” today.