04 DEC 2018

Gartner’s top 10 strategic IoT technologies and trends for 2019

Internet of Things (IoT) is a trend that continues to march on. For this reason, companies must invest in the Internet of Things, as reiterated by Nick Jones, Gartner’s vice president: “CEO’s who master innovative IoT trends have the opportunity to lead digital innovation in their business”. Naturally, to be able to master these IoT trends, companies need the right skills and partners.

In order to direct companies’ investments, Gartner has drafted the top 10 strategic trends of Internet of Things (IoT) for 2019.

As we have already seen in the previous article about the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019 according to Gartner, artificial intelligence is high on the list!

  1. Artificial Intelligence;
  2. Social, legal and ethical IoT;
  3. Infonomics & Data Broking;
  4. Shift from Intelligent Edge to Intelligent Mesh;
  5. IoT governance;
  6. Sensor innovation;
  7. Trusted hardware and operating systems;
  8. New IoT user experiences;
  9. Silicon Chip Innovation;
  10. New Wireless Networking Technologies for IoT.


Artificial Intelligence

The growth of IoT devices must be reckoned with: 14.2 billion objects connected in 2019, and 25 billion in 2021, these are Gartner’s estimates. Naturally, with the increase of connected devices, even the quantity of data produced increases. Artificial intelligence can help companies to analyze this large amount of data. In fact, the information obtained by data will determine the success of companies in the long term. Furthermore, artificial intelligence can be used with excellent results in many IoT situations.


Social, legal and ethical IoT

As the amount of data produced by IoT devices increases, also the importance of many social, legal and ethical issues will increase. These include privacy, data ownership and compliance with the various regulations in force, such as GDPR.


Infonomics & Data Broking

Large amounts of data: companies can obtain useful information from this data and sell it (and purchase it). In this way, infonomics becomes a real strategic asset for organizations that must understand and analyze all the risks and opportunities related to data broking.


Shift from Intelligent Edge to Intelligent Mesh

In the IoT universe, companies are moving their architectures from a centralized and cloud structure to an edge one. However, from this ordered architecture, companies will move again on to an unstructured architecture where there will be a wide range of “things” and connected services, in a dynamic mesh. Thanks to mesh architectures, IoT systems will be more intelligent, responsive and flexible even though they aren’t lacking in complexity, for this reason organizations must review their IT infrastructure and equip it with qualified personnel.


IoT governance

With the unstoppable expansion of the IoT trend, organizations must equip themselves with an appropriate governance framework to correctly ensure the creation, storage, use and cancellation of information and firmware updates related to IoT projects.


Sensor innovation

The sensor market is rapidly evolving too, an evolution that will not stop until 2023, according to Gartner. The new sensors will detect a wider range of situations and events. Naturally the price of current sensors will go down or the sensors will have to be adapted in some way to support new applications. Some advice for organizations? Monitor sensor innovations to identify the most profitable ones for your business.


Trusted hardware and operating systems

Organizations which implement IoT systems, as they do not have control over the origin of the software and hardware used by IoT devices, focus heavily on IT security aspects to prevent any attacks. However, by 2023, according to Jones, organizations will focus even more on IT security aspects by implementing combinations of hardware and software that make IoT devices more reliable and safer.


New IoT user experiences

The IoT User Experience (UX) will be driven by five factors: new sensors, new algorithms, new architectures and context, socially aware experiences and new technologies for UX design. These new technologies will have to consider that more and more users interact with IoT devices without the use of screens and keyboards.


Silicon Chip Innovation

“Currently, most IoT endpoint devices use conventional processor chips, with low-power ARM architectures being particularly popular. However, traditional instruction sets and memory architectures aren’t well-suited to all the tasks that endpoints need to perform”. This was stated by Jones, presenting top 10 strategic IoT technologies and trends, who added that the performance of deep neural networks (DNNs) are often limited by the bandwidth of memory, rather than processing power. However, Gartner is confident that there will be specialized chips that will reduce the energy consumption needed to run deep neuronal networks by 2023. Thanks to these chips, IoT endpoints will enjoy new functions such as data analysis and speech recognition.


New Wireless Networking Technologies for IoT

Current networking technologies cannot balance and optimize all the features that IoT networking would need: endpoint cost, power consumption, bandwidth, latency, connection density, operating cost, quality of service, and range. According to Gartner, new IoT network technologies are coming. These will allow organizations to have more choice, but above all more flexibility. Furthermore, Gartner adds that since the 5G network is coming, it would be a good idea for organizations to start to study and evaluate it.

Edited by Lucia D’Adamo


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