The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept in which everyday objects are assigned IP addresses and have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive information. This technology results from the convergence of wireless technologies, embedded systems, and of course, Internet. Picture a world in which cars, devices at home and at work, watches and even living creatures (humans included) are connected to something else through the Internet, and all of these things can communicate with each other and provide other connected things with a constant stream of information. This global system of interconnected objects has the potential to change the way we live and several ways of working. But of course, this technological advancement doesn’t come without costs. In a world where everything is generating data, mobile operators must prepare themselves to manage the anticipated growth in the network traffic.
It is expected that by 2020, 40-80 billion devices will be connected, which is roughly 10 connected devices per human on the planet. Through the power of connected devices, people will not only consume data, but will also contribute data to the IoT landscape. There will be endless transactions and an extraordinary amount of data that, if properly managed, can result in wide-ranging automation, better decision-making, an improved quality of life, and products and services that are more attuned to what consumers want. For those that hold the pipes in which the data is traveling through, this can be an enormous opportunity accompanied with immense responsibility.
IoT is already beginning to have a significant impact on our lives, ranging from our homes and bodies to our cities and transportation. Wide-spread use cases have been identified – for example, 1) we can use IoT to monitor our health, with devices that track activity levels and remind us to take our medication; 2) in our homes, IoT technology can monitor the temperature and turn on the lights; 3) in our cities, we can turn street lights up/down more effectively; and 4) we can even impact our environment by using IoT-enabled devices to monitor pollution levels and track movements of water. At an individual level, things will be contributing small amounts of data, but the culmination of all these individual things sum up to massive amounts of data which must be optimized and managed.
Openwave Mobility empowers mobile operators to take the influx of data being generated from connected devices and create opportunities from it. We enable operators to manage and monetize mobile data using the industry’s most scalable, Layer7 SDN/NFV enabled platform – so with the vast amount of data as a byproduct of IoT, Openwave Mobility can take the data and help operators in determining how to manage the data to best serve their customers.
If a customer is using their smartphone which is connected to house air conditioning and air filters need to be changed or there is sudden drop of oxygen level, then Openwave Mobility can enable operators to notify end user and a near-by electrician before any serious hazard occurs. The benefits for this use case are threefold – from the consumer and the near-by electrician to the operator. A win-win(-win) situation all around.
IoT will provide Mobile operators with a huge opportunity to leverage the data. Being able to manage the massive amounts of data being created every single second, in every corner of the world is a good start. Being able to monetize the exponential growth in the amount of global data can be the ultimate goal.