What’s on the horizon for 2018?

Every year , new and interesting technologies come out, are updated, expanded upon, or combined together.  Technology is evolving at a very high rate and us tech-geeks have a field day exploring all the new developments.  The internet of things (IoT) is no different and there’s a lot to be excited for in the coming year.

Manufacturing and Security

The first thing that comes to mind for me is just how many companies are just now starting to invest into IoT technologies, primarily manufacturing.  According to recent reports, manufacturing companies are expected to spend up to £140 billion.

The next, an equally important issue if not more so, is security.  Security has needed some real improvements since the conception of the IoT and that is especially true in recent years.  As more and more companies begin utilising the technology and more start coming out with IoT-enabled consumer goods, security is going to be at the forefront of consumer and company concerns.  With recent attacks such as the 2016 attack against Dyn, security is definitely an issue that’ll be at the top of the 2018 list.

Connectivity

Connectivity is something that’s been growing and changing ever since the dawn of time.  From individual cavemen up to multinational organisations, we’ve grown tremendously and technology is no different.  The Internet of Things is one of those technologies that thrives in connectivity and it’s expected that things will be much more connected in the future.

This is true in more than just technologies but also companies.  To help make IoT-enabled devices talk, those companies have to start sharing information… something that’s always been met with hesitance, considering how important keeping one’s intellectual property secret is.

More up-and-comers

With a lot of the wetwork, so to speak, out of the way, more and more start-ups will… well, start up.  These could include anything from companies trying to create their own unique products to others helping larger organisations as consultants or just extra hands.

There’s a lot to expect in 2018 and a lot of hype for the Internet of Things to live up to.  One thing’s for certain though — the future is looking pretty bright thanks to the IoT.

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