2015 MWC unveiled a world of “connected things”

  • Over 85,000 people attended the 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

  • AT&T Cargo View with FlightSafe was a 2015 Mobile Award finalist for Best Mobile Innovation for the IoT.

  • Businesses must update security and access control systems for IoT devices.

Over 85,000 people attended the 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, where companies featured real world examples of Internet of Things (IoT) in action and discussed the potential for IoT products and services. The connected devices spanned all manner of solutions, from the home, car, and personal wearables to industry solutions ranging from energy and manufacturing to transportation and commercial equipment.

The Internet of Things is a world where machines of all types and varieties can be connected, so that processes and services can become more intelligent and automated. For example, with industrial applications, critical machine data from a wide variety of sensors provides companies the opportunity for predictive maintenance programs and scheduling service repairs in advance. This helps create new, operational efficiencies and avoid costly, unnecessary equipment downtime.

The AT&T Innovation pavilion highlighted many of the enterprise and government advancements in IoT. One demonstration from AT&T Cargo View with FlightSafe®, which was a Mobile Award finalist for Best Mobile Innovation for the IoT, showcased improvements in asset tracking, where companies can monitor the temperature, light, vibration, motion, and speed of high value cargo while in global transit. A connected trash project from the AT&T IoT Foundry demonstrated how adding connected sensors to a waste container could transform a company’s business model. Instead of sending trucks to sites with empty or partially filled containers, the connected containers alert the company when it’s time for a pickup, generating fuel and labor savings. Energy management and fleet management solutions also highlighted opportunities to save money and improve services in general business and within municipalities.

To make IoT deployments successful, technology teams should take the following steps.

1. Evaluate connectivity solutions.

IoT services could require global connectivity. Companies need to assess what wireless technologies should be in their IoT modules and what operators can support their connectivity needs.

2. Secure all endpoints.

A company must update its security and access control systems to support IoT devices. Companies should look for enterprise mobile management solutions or unified endpoint management systems to support IoT. Companies should also look for built in security features for IoT modules, such as on device encryption.

3. Integrate IoT into software development and purchasing road maps.

For years, the marketplace has focused on simply connecting devices. Today, we need to focus on connecting IoT data into our existing software solutions, examples being asset management or fleet tracking. Additionally, companies should evaluate new SaaS solutions that were designed to support IoT. Finally, a company also needs to adapt its business processes to act on a new set of data from IoT devices, such as automating functions.


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Maribel Lopez is the CEO and mobile market strategist for Lopez Research, a market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in communications technologies with a heavy emphasis on the disruptive nature of mobile technologies. AT&T has sponsored this blog post.

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