It was another great year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) LA. Over 20,000 of the brightest minds in 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and big data gathered just an hour away from our CalAmp headquarters to discuss the latest innovations, trends and predictions in our connected world. Joining the conversations around the future of 5G, connected cars, supply chains and industrial IoT were some of CalAmp’s own industry thought leaders.
We joined panels discussing a variety of topics including how 5G is shaping the future of connected car technology, 5G and edge computing, the economics of enterprise and industrial IoT and the new supply chain. We were joined by respected industry leaders from AT&T, Ericsson, Pioneer Electronics, Together for Safer Roads, GSMA, Sprint and others. Given CalAmp’s expertise across these innovative technology sectors, our executive team shared their insights on the current state of these advancements.
5G Is Shaping The Future Of Connected Car Technology
The first wave of 5G networks and services is underway with next-generation cellular promising huge latency benefits for autonomous vehicles, smart homes and other high-bandwidth experiences. As wireless networks and connected car technologies evolve, public and private organizations will need to collaborate to synchronize connectivity and ensure road safety in a blended ecosystem of unconnected, connected and eventually autonomous vehicles. Aftermarket technologies can help bridge this connectivity and 5G stands to power the connected vehicle infrastructure to be leveraged for things like improving road safety and security and providing interstate highway connectivity.
However, we’re not there just yet and in order to increase adoption of 5G and enhance its ecosystem, CalAmp’s CEO, Michael Burdiek believes, “The mobility ecosystem needs to do away with hype and identify use cases that deliver meaningful benefits that provide ROI for enterprises, valuable services to consumers and improve road safety to help save lives.”
5G On The Edge
With next generation network’s distance and complexity continuing to increase, the integration between the wireless network and edge computing technology are essential to paving a smooth pathway to 5G. What should be processed at the edge to deliver the best service and security for the consumers? Who controls the edge and can it deliver both latency and functionality without losing service quality?
While next-gen wireless connectivity often captures the headlines, the truth is that there is a long road to developing a supportive ecosystem and adequate infrastructure for effective edge applications. Edge computing capabilities are developing much faster than the infrastructure needed to support them. During the 5G On The Edge (at 20:30) MWC LA keynote, Anand Rau, CalAmp’s SVP of Engineering shared, “Most computing in the future will take place at the edge through a distributed computer mesh network running algorithms on multiple edge devices enabled by high bandwidth, lower latency 5G networks.”
Show Me The Money: Economics Of Enterprise And IIoT
The accelerated growth of IoT devices has the potential to redefine the economics of the Industrial Internet. However, many people underestimate the cost, complexity and time that it takes to seamlessly connect mobile assets, the cloud and applications, as well as implement process changes that need to occur within enterprises to realize the highest ROI. In the IoT 101 Economics of Enterprise & IIoT panel, CalAmp encourages businesses to start by investing in human capital and look at key data points and insights needed to deliver the greatest impact for key stakeholders.
Enterprises need guidance on benefits to be derived from IoT going into the discussion. “The value prop is different based on the type of industry. That’s why we need to support consultants and engage program managers to do a deeper study about the needs of the business before we recommend IoT components or systems,” said Gabe Nave, Senior Director of Sales at CalAmp.
Will The New Supply Chain Enhance Disaster Recovery?
IoT is continuing to impact and improve the supply chain for asset management, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, transportation providers and more. So how are IoT technologies further enabling the supply chain today?
For one, IoT can increase visibility by tracking and tracing shipments. Whether you need to keep tabs on perishable products or know when a route needs to change in real-time, IoT’s implementation in this sector has transformed supply chain management and improved business outcomes. The more detailed, real-time, environmental data that IoT enables can also provide helpful information to ensure a safe food supply and help in disaster relief situations. At the IoT 101 New Supply Chain panel, Jeff Newman, CalAmp’s VP of Supply Chain Visibility Solution Sales, said, “Some of the most valuable new tech for supply chain will be blockchain for compliance, AI and machine learning for enhanced visibility and drones for last mile and disaster recovery.”
These are all valuable insights from some of the brightest minds in connected car, 5G, IIoT and supply chain marketplaces to guide us in transforming the mobile connected ecosystem in the New Year.