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Each year, the team at EDGE360 looks back on the technology that influenced the IT channel. This year, the Internet of Things (IoT) has made a big impact. From connected cars to smart cities, IoT is set to reach 50 million devices by next year. Read on to learn about the technology, trends, and uses of IoT.

IoT and Edge Computing

Edge computing can be a tricky topic to comprehend. It processes data at the edge of the network – meaning it is not processed in a traditional data center. So, why do businesses need edge computing? From processing time to compliance regulations and bandwidth costs, edge computing helps different industries in a variety of ways – take transportation, for example.

“As more autonomous vehicles make their way onto public roads, it’s important to think about how their technology can help to keep the passengers inside those vehicles safe,” says Mirko Grabel, Senior Technical Engineer at Cisco, in a recent blog. “Edge computing can help with that. Autonomous vehicles require a combination of technologies, including video camera feeds. These feeds are instrumental in maintaining the overall safety of the vehicles and the passengers inside.”

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Wi-Fi 6 Enabled by IoT

Wi-Fi 6, powered by IoT, is changing how technologies exist. With virtual reality and autonomous vehicles, connectivity and information sharing are becoming more empowered. In a recent Cisco blog, the author examined the top three benefits of Wi-Fi 6, which include better performance, faster speeds, and increased energy efficiency.

“It won’t be long before Wi-Fi 6 APs and devices are everywhere — Wi-Fi 6 devices are expected to be more than half of the devices sold in 2020,” according to the blog. “As Wi-Fi 6 becomes the new normal, consumers will have a significantly better experience connecting to wireless networks.”

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IoT Opportunities in the Public Sector

At the Comstor Executive Federal Summit, speakers discussed the trends and growth opportunities for Value-Added Resellers (VARS). IoT topped this list along with security and artificial intelligence (AI). For the public sector, using IoT in smart city technology is of interest. In addition, there will be a shift in focus from large metropolitan areas to smaller communities, creating sales opportunities for VARs.

Smart cities can provide a better quality of life that is secure and empowers the people within it. VARs interested in IoT technology that powers these smart cities must take a human-centric approach to selling – connecting with the goals of the community.

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IoT Intelligence

According to a recent report, marketing, sales, and research and development teams place IoT at the highest level of importance to their businesses. The Dresner Advisory Associates’ 2019 Edition of IoT Intelligence® Market Study explored organizations’ interest in IoT. According to the study, organizations are prioritizing investments in IoT over other technology.

Why is this? IoT technology allows businesses to connect things like they never have before. This opens potential lines of profit for organizations in all areas, including marketing, customer service, and production.

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IoT in the Future

Forrester recently released a report outlining five IoT predictions to help CIOs prepare for the technology that will change their business. According to Forrester, the popularity of IoT has grown so much that a new branch has emerged – IIOT or Industrial IoT.

This IoT refers to connected machines and factories that are equipped with sensors. In 2020, CIOs will need to prepare for IIoT and for a new wave of IoT devices that integrate 5G, customer service uses for IoT, and cybersecurity for these connected devices.

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