2017 IoT Trends and Momentum

From global solutions to the rapid explosion of sensors, the future is bright for the Internet of Things in 2017.
By Chris Penrose

Millions of Sensors Could Lead to Millions of Solutions
IoT sensors are multiplying exponentially. Millions of connection points mean more available information and efficient data-gathering. Data from sensors will become richer as we combine multiple data sources to inform new insights. Near-real-time data will lead to on-demand action, personalization and enhanced service.

For example, what happens when you connect an elevator or a food waste recycling system? These aren't hypothetical situations—these are real use cases.

AT&T and Otis Elevator Co. are collaborating to enhance connectivity through the use of the IoT to better connect with customers, as well as with elevator, escalator and moving walkway equipment. AT&T's Global SIM card and IoT services, such as Control Center, M2X and Flow Designer, allow Otis to access near-real-time equipment performance data. This collaboration is exploring ways to harness the power of digital technologies and communications networks to improve performance, lower costs and deliver better results for customers.

Emerson tapped our IoT solutions to advance its innovative Grind2Energy food waste recycling system. With these new capabilities, Emerson will provide near-real-time environmental sustainability information, performance data reporting and data analytics to its customers. This will improve predictive maintenance and visibility to provide remote service. The newly developed IoT technology solution will also streamline tank monitoring analytics and pump-out scheduling coordination.

Defense Will Become the Best Offense Because Hackers Aren't Going Anywhere
Drones, autonomous vehicles, connected health devices—it's connected solutions like these that require more layers of security than ever before. Hackers are ready to exploit weaknesses, find backdoor access points and mine for profitable data. Rigorous attention must be paid to securing these new endpoints in our information and operational networks. With great innovation comes great responsibility, and companies that prioritize security will gain the competitive edge this year.

From global solutions to the rapid explosion of sensors, the future is bright for the IoT in 2017.

Chris Penrose is the president of AT&T's Internet of Things organization. He is responsible for leading AT&T's global Internet of Things initiatives across industry verticals. This includes automotive, agriculture, manufacturing, fleet management, asset tracking, health care, drones, energy, smart cities, retail and consumer electronics. Chris and his team operate on a global scale and drive the strategy and execution for highly secure connectivity, platforms, professional services and end-to-end IoT solutions. From connected cars to connected cities, Chris has led AT&T to become recognized as one of the leading IoT companies in the world.

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