Digital Divide Shaping the Future of IoT

CIO Review Europe | Sunday, February 28, 2021

Today, there is an increase in demand for sustainability-related services powered by edge and IoT for energy efficiency and resource management. Environmental monitoring, resource management, and supply chain activities will be high-demand application cases

Fremont, CA: Various commercial dynamics are influencing substantial developments in the edge, the internet of things (IoT), and networking triads. Demands for more sustainability, reducing the digital divide, the persistent chip shortage, and on a broader level, the COVID-19 pandemic are among these forces. Edge, IoT, and networking consider all of these forces and focus on the three technologies' roles in either resolving or being inhibited by them.

Here are three big predictions regarding edge, IoT, and networking.

Edge and IoT Will Drive Innovative Solutions for Reducing Scope 3 Emissions:

 Scope 3 emissions are indirect emissions from assets that an organisation does not directly own or manage; they account for the majority of the carbon footprint in most businesses. Emerging technology can assist in addressing these concerns. Today, there is an increase in demand for sustainability-related services powered by edge and IoT for energy efficiency and resource management. Environmental monitoring, resource management, and supply chain activities will be high-demand application cases.

Satellite Internet Will Challenge 5G as the Preferred Mode of Connectivity: 

The introduction of satellite internet will aid in bridging the digital divide. According to a poll, 85 per cent of satellite users will be in rural areas next year, with remote worker initiatives and remote facilities also benefiting greatly from satellite internet. But will it be able to compete with 5G? At scale, 5G can impact all aspects of life and significantly impact every industry sector. However, the practical timing of 5G and logistical hurdles would dampen the euphoria. The vast infrastructure required to actualise the excited 5G use cases has produced the elephant in the room, which no telecoms manufacturer or network provider wants to face.

The Chip Shortfall Will Impede Global IoT Market Growth by 10 Percent to 15 Percent: 

The worldwide chip shortfall is not going away anytime soon. Because chips are the foundation of every intelligent gadget, this threatens the progress of other developing technologies. IoT devices will be hit especially hard since they typically use established sensors, microcontrollers, and communications technologies with substantially higher availability difficulties than advanced components such as CPUs and GPUs.

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