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Mobile Technology Usage – looking forward….

Mobile technology continues to rapidly evolve and this will have an ongoing impact on the delivery of IT services. With an increasing number of organisations adopting BYOD and CYOD strategies, it has become critical for IT Departments to understand changes in technology that will impact and drive individual’s preference and use of mobile devices. This article will highlight some usage estimates and identify 7 expected changes that will impact individual using mobile technology over the next 5 years…

Table 1 highlights some key findings in this area. The complete report can be found here:
http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/visual-networking-index-vni/mobile-white-paper-c11-520862.html

 

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Table 1: Adapted from the Cisco VNI Mobile Forecast (Cisco, 2016)

7 Expected Changes that may impact an individual using smartphone, tablet and IoT devices over the next 5 years…

1. Contactless Payments

The availability and functionality of contactless payments has been limited in Australia as banks and manufactures try to reach an agreement on payment fees. This however is set to change, with ANZ, Westpac and its subsidiaries set to integrate with Adroid Pay in the first half of 2016. Payments from wearable technology such as wristbands and smartwatches will also make contactless payment an even easier option.

2. More Speed, More Usage

Mobile speed by device and mobile connection technology will increase over the next five years. This will allow users to access information at a much quicker rate.

3. More Speed, More Usage

The next five years could see significant improvements in battery life and charging technology. A power revolution is on the verge, with large organisations such as Google, Apple and Tesla working on improved device battery life. Such advancements include flexible batteries which can be used in wearable technology and mobile devices, shorter charge times and longer battery life.

4. RFID and Managing IoT

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags and sensors are leading the energy-efficient, low-power hardware revolution, with the smart home at the forefront of innovation regarding IoT monitoring and control. Along with Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), middleware and cloud computing, IoT application software will be used to monitor and control IoT devices from user mobiles and wearable technology

5. Form Factor

Phablets are smartphones with a larger screen size. They are smaller than tablets but have capabilities of multi-tasking. The technology is current but production is increasing. In addition, Samsung are set to release a foldable smartphone this year, essentially capable of turning into a tablet.

6. Security

Considering organisational Intranet access, increased Internet usage, mobile payment technology, IoT technology immaturity, RFID technology and management of IoT devices from connected mobiles becoming the norm; it should be expected that a single device will contain more personal information about an individual and connect to more networked devices in the coming years. As IoT technologies emerge, technical challenges such as privacy and security will need to be faced and solved, creating implications and adding complexities to individuals going forward.

7. Augmented and Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), as well as head-mounted IoT devices such as Google Glass will be in mainstream use by 2019 and evolve dramatically through 2021. Mobile devices can be an effective platform for VR and AR, combining device data with the information of smart sensors to provide an immersive user experience.

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