MWC 2016 Day 3: A nice, but not easy road ahead of us
MWC has the tag: “Mobility is Everything”. Walking around and watching the panels, you can see it is really present in everything.
Someone waking up in the middle of one of the expositions halls might think he is in Frankfurt Motor Show, seeing all the cars from different automakers exposed. And one key aspect: all of them connected, supporting different use cases, such as better monitoring, special insurance policies, and autonomous cars concepts.
Also looking as an “odd-man-out”, the panel about wearables. CTOs of fashion and sports brands were discussing the application of technology and mobility on their products – not on their IT departments. There was a real health care platform – including apps, gadgets, and services, or even a tee that can accurately measure your cardio info.
Concepts for the future? No, real products available today!
And, suddenly, paying your refreshments with your smart phone is not convenient enough, and the discussion is now on wearable-payments. You also can find yourself talking about the application in agribusiness or house automation and security, and so many other examples.
What about the impact of all this to the professionals? Traditionally, you had on one side the business domain experts and, on the other side, the technology experts. The convergence of products and technologies will require more and more business experts with a “reasonable” understanding on the technology. And technology experts with focus on business domains.
What about the infrastructure to support all of this, Is it ready? The answer is: partly. Yes, the functionality is available and supporting the products launched, but probably not with the required flexibility or reliability. We are facing so many different use cases that Service Providers will have to prepare themselves to support different requirements and SLAs – in a much larger scale. Alongside the 5G discussion, other infrastructure approaches using virtualization (NFV) and software based networks are on the spot to address the flexibility and changes required on the network. And what about the reliability? The discussion goes on the concept of Industrial Internet. Once we decide to use mobility in core business and operational processes, like managing Power Generation engine, the impacts of failures and performance issues will be highly improved.
Besides all these challenges, there is security.
Nobody accepts that, with all this potential, we will have devices with “read only” permission because we cannot guarantee the security. Users demand more. Security is a problem still to be solved. Since this is becoming more and more an ecosystem business, security will have to be assured in a more collaborative way. The same discussions works for interoperability and collaboration: security will have to be address as a high priority.
On top of that, there is the discussion on back doors about providing information for the government to prevent terrorism and other crimes. Off course nobody is against this government effort, but the efficacy of the back doors and the collaterals are still being questioned. At the end, as there will be more and more difficult to separate human and machine communications, these discussions will be connected.
And we still have Day 4 to come
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