The year has just begun and it’s the best time to ponder over technologies that have and will continue to revolutionize our lives in one or the other way. In the past year, we witnessed IoT becoming a social phenomenon, altering our perception of devices around us and the environment we live in. And this year, this phenomenon is only expected to grow and become an even hotter topic.
In this article, we will have a look at the top 7 IoT trends that will rule in 2020. But before that, let us look at some amazing statistics laid down by industry experts that demonstrate the spread of IoT in the time to come.
- By 2020, almost 90% of automobiles will be connected to the internet. (Source)
- There will be a total of 20.4 billion IoT devices by 2020. (Source)
- There will be 3.5 billion cellular IoT connections by 2023. (Source)
- The home IoT market is anticipated to grow to $53.45 billion by 2022. (Source)
- The global IoT market is expected to grow to $457 billion by 2020. (Source)
- By 2025, there will be 75 billion IoT devices in the whole world. (Source)
IoT is indubitably a leading technology that has immensely evolved over the years. Today, it has the potential to enhance productivity as well as lessen human error risk factor. Consequently, an increasing number of organizations are looking to embrace this technology to increase communication between people and processes.
Moving on, let’s find out about the top IoT trends that will rule the roost this year.
- The Need for Security Measures Will Strengthen
The Need for Security Measures Will Strengthen
A greater access to data equates to higher risk. With IoT quickly gaining momentum, there has to be an increased focus on protecting all the data against potential attacks, threats and hacking. For this, the routers being used have to be reinforced with supplementary security features to protect the data from cyberattacks. This also means ensuring that routers come with their own built-in antivirus software.
A proper set of rules and regulations will be formulated to ensure adequate security in all IoT related projects. Even IoT based mobile app development will witness an integration of many security-related features, such as biometric entry, machine to machine authentication and more.
Voice Assistants Will Go Multilingual
A majority of the people on our planet speak at least two languages. However, this is not the case with voice assistants who are only programmed to speak in a single language. But in order to be embraced by a larger audience, these virtual assistants should enable the users to execute a search in their preferred language. Recently, Google Assistant has become the first multilingual voice assistant.
Adding multi-language functionality to voice assistants can be quite complex but is the need of the hour. Having bi-lingual or multi-lingual voice assistants is something that will rule the charts in 2020.
Autonomous or self-driving cars is what the upcoming era of technology holds for us. This incredible technology will completely transform how we commute.
Although fully-driverless technology is still in its testing phase, there are some partially automated cars that have been on the market for the past couple of years. The BMW7 Series has introduced some automated features, such as automated parking and its controls can be managed remotely. Similarly, a lot of other automobile giants are also plunging into this driverless technology, which is anticipated to be a huge trend in the coming time.
AI with IoT Will Be Trending
The number of IoT devices present today has increased manifold. And this number is only expected to grow in the coming years. These IoT devices help in gathering a bulk of data that can be analysed through various AI techniques to derive intelligent inferences. The combination of IoT, AI and Big Data will surely pave the way for a next-gen experience for the end users.
The future times will make the users understand that it is absolutely useless connecting your devices to the IoT technology, if you cannot use the collected data to optimize the user experience.
The Following Industries Will Benefit from the Advancement in IoT
Healthcare industry: If there is one industry that can truly leverage the power of IoT, then it is the healthcare segment. A wide range of healthcare devices, such as sensors, monitors and other healthcare equipment are using IoT technology to tailor smart user experiences. Even hospitals are becoming smart by using IoT devices in the form of indoor GPS.
In the near future, this industry will witness even more advancement like the introduction of small devices being ingested to give data about medication. Many associated fields such as physiotherapy are also expected to leverage the boons of IoT.
Retail industry: IoT has brought about a major revolution in the retail industry. The usage of smart sensors, beacons, etc. has immensely improved the shopping experience of the users. This year will witness further advancements, such as receiving an inside store map to roam around and locate your precise product, getting discount notifications on your favourite store, etc. All this will further enhance the shopping experience of the customers.
Advanced Data Analytics Will Be Available
IoT in combination with AI always offered reliable analytics. However, in the coming years, there will be an improvement and the data analytics will witness an added layer of intricacy. From now on, the data will be extracted at a much deeper level and displayed precisely as required.
This will make it much easier for the businesses to detect the most happening trends and facilitate better decision making.
Data Processing with Edge Computing
Edge computing is a special technique that enables the processing of data produced by the IoT devices closer to the location where it has been created. This greatly minimizes the threats to data integrity.
With this processing, there is no need to send data across multiple routes to reach the cloud or data centres. Instead, it can be processed at a nearby location, thereby augmenting data security.
So, this is a wrap up of the most powerful IoT trends that will gain ground in 2020. All these seem enough to make our lives more comfortable and secure. The future of IoT app development is surely promising and we look forward to this technology growing by leaps and bounds in the coming times.
James Grills is a technical writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of mobile application development and IoT technology. He is a marketing advisor – currently associated with Cumulations Technologies a mobile app development company in India.