How robotics as a service expands potential applications

As more organizations in different industries consider emerging applications for robotics technology, new business models for vendors are also envisioned. Robotics as a service (RaaS) is an elastic concept. It refers to robotics systems providers that in addition to selling products, will now rent or lease their product to customers as a full-service solution.

Though the total market continues to grow, competitive pressure on robotics vendors to maintain profit margins means that they'll have to broaden...

By David H. Deans, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Networks.

How AI will advance the mobile messaging app evolution

There has been a significant evolution in the variety of use cases for mobile Application to Person (A2P) messaging. Historically, A2P was used for alerts and as a billing mechanism and carrier for simple content and services, both for one-off downloads or actions (e.g. voting) and for recurring payments.

The latter use case has declined in the past 5 years, due to a combination of the transition to an app-based economy, largely driven by card billing and by regulatory action -- in markets such as the U.S....

By David H. Deans, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Machine Learning, Mobile, OTT Services.

Why the worldwide smartphone market continues to be sluggish

All consumer electronics devices eventually reach market saturation, where most of the people that crave the product already have it. After declining by 0.3 percent in 2017, the worldwide smartphone market will shrink again this year.

Smartphone shipments are forecast to drop by 0.2 percent in 2018 to 1.462 billion units, which is down from 1.465 billion in 2017 and 1.469 billion in 2016. However, IDC expects the market to grow by 3 percent annually from 2019 onwards. Worldwide shipments should reach 1.654...

By David H. Deans, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Devices, Disruption, Smartphones.

How IoT and blockchain is set to transform the global cargo industry

The online tracking of trailers, containers, rail wagons and cargo boxes is becoming increasingly common in all markets across the globe. New technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, will enable more secure automation of this activity.

Berg Insight released the findings from their latest global market study. The number of active tracking devices deployed for cargo loading units -- including trailers, intermodal containers, rail freight wagons, air cargo containers, cargo boxes and...

By David H. Deans, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, IoT, Networks.

How telecom service providers are embracing IT transformation

Savvy communication service provider CIOs and CTOs have abandoned the past - where they would align their new technology infrastructure investments with traditional IT and networking equipment vendors. In hindsight, the status-quo disruption was somewhat inevitable.

Today, 77 percent of all telecom service providers will now require some level of digital transformation over the next three years, to meet the changing market needs in their franchise area and to remain competitive, according to the latest...

By David H. Deans, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Innovation.

Is now the time for 5G wireless to disrupt the broadband status quo?

Across the globe, most wireline service providers operate in a monopoly or duopoly environment where competition is limited and somewhat predictable. The prior limitations of wireless broadband internet access have not impacted the wireline status-quo. That could change.

The worldwide fixed wireless broadband access market has been growing steadily over the past several years. ABI Research now forecasts that the market will grow by 30 percent in 2018 and will generate $18 billion in service revenue. That...

By David H. Deans, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks.

Technology, media and telecom 2018 M&A deal update: Value goes up but deals go down

As more companies use technology innovation to improve their scale, automation and robotics continue to generate interest among investors. Mapping and software development have significant potential, particularly as most business leaders seek to digitize their commercial operations.

This trend will continue for some time. Consulting on the various types of new technology tools will also likely be an area to follow in the near future, according to the latest worldwide market study by

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, China, Content, Entertainment, OTT Services.

How China is driving Industrial IoT application growth

Worldwide information and communications technology (ICT) spending - including new technologies - is expected to exceed $5.6 trillion in 2021 with growth accelerating through the end of the forecast period, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

By 2021, new technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, robots and drones, augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets, and 3D printers, will account for almost a quarter (23 percent) of...

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

Why fintech innovators are disrupting B2B money transfer

The money transfer segment of the commercial financial services sector is vast, with transactions taking place on both a domestic and international cross-border basis. A recent Juniper Research market study found that global cross-border B2B money transfers totalled $136 trillion in 2017.

Yet, to date, the B2B money transfer industry has not experienced the start-up innovation and disruption like other areas in the finance and commerce space. That being said, we can anticipate that 2018 will be pivotal, as...

By David H. Deans, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Innovation, Networks.

How augmented reality is coming to fruition in the automotive industry

Many CIOs and CTOs are pursuing a competitive advantage that's enabled by emerging technologies. As an example, early-adopters in the automobile industry are exploring use cases with augmented reality (AR), because it offers benefits to the whole value chain -- from product design through production and sales.

As a result, smart glasses shipment for global automotive industry use will reach 1.7 million units in 2022. The total automotive AR market is expected to grow at CAGR of 177 percent during the...

By David H. Deans, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Innovation, IoT.

Why cybersecurity solution spending will reach $134 billion

The online security market is expanding globally, and for good reason. The dramatic increase in connected devices has created a huge attack surface for cyber criminals. Whether their motive is mischief, or theft, the impacts can be far-reaching and very costly.

As an example, the downtime cost on Amazon’s North American sales operations as a result of the 2016 'Dyn' cyberattack - ~211 minutes of service disruption - resulted in a loss of $32 million.

Most companies don't have the...

By David H. Deans, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security.

How Asian telcos are leading global innovation investment

While most telecom service providers across the globe continue to invest in software-defined networking and open source software, a few are now investing in the new wave of technologies. In particular, technology leadership is a key component in China's strategic plan to stimulate new economic growth.

In its latest benchmarking study to identify the leaders and laggards in telecom service provider innovation, ABI Research has concluded that Asian telcos are the recognized technology trailblazers, followed...

By David H. Deans, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Innovation, Operators.

Three use cases for brain machine interfaces

Basic forms of Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology have already been utilised in the medical field for a number of years. This existing use focuses around the cochlear implant, a medical device which uses BMI technology to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.

However, further applications in the medical field and in other areas - as an entertainment device, for use in industry, for integration with automobiles or as a control mechanism - are becoming...

By David H. Deans, 29 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Networks.

How new use cases for artificial intelligence are driving demand – with telecoms at the heart of it

There's been a significant increase in enterprise investment on technologies that analyse, organise, access, and provide advisory services that are based on use cases for unstructured data. In fact, worldwide spending on cognitive and artificial intelligence (AI) systems will reach $19.1 billion in 2018 - that's an increase of 54.2 percent over the amount spent in 2017.

With industries investing aggressively in projects that utilise cognitive and AI software capabilities, International Data...

By David H. Deans, 27 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Disruption.

How demand for IoT data security solutions is gaining momentum

Internet of Things (IoT) technology deployments have increased across the globe, as more CIOs and CTOs explore new commercial applications. However, many organizations continue to seek IoT solutions that include comprehensive data protection capabilities.

Security continues to be a major concern for IT professionals when deploying IoT projects within their organizations, according to the latest worldwide market study by 451 Research.

When asked to rank which technologies or processes their organizations...

By David H. Deans, 22 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Security.

Why the mobility solutions market will reach $1.7 trillion in 2021

Worldwide spending on mobility solutions is forecast to grow 3.2 percent year over year in 2018, reaching more than $1.6 trillion, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

This growth is expected to continue through 2021 with investment on mobility-related hardware, software, and services surpassing $1.7 trillion as the market achieves a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8 percent.

"The new mobility use cases and technology adoption in enterprises is...

By David H. Deans, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Research.

How smart city investments will reach $135 billion in 2021

Around the globe, metropolitan and suburban municipalities continue to explore digital transformation projects. Emerging technology spending for smart city applications is forecast to reach $80 billion in 2018, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

IDC has provided a detailed look at the technology investments associated with a range of smart city priorities and use cases. As these initiatives gain traction, IDC expects spending to accelerate over the...

By David H. Deans, 05 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

How alternative online payment technology continues to gain momentum

Across the globe, eRetail is now the mainstream -- with well over half of all adults making purchases for products and services online, increasingly from their mobile devices.

Meanwhile, traditional bricks and mortar retailers have had to incorporate digital channels into their offerings. Unfortunately for the retailer, there are numerous steps during the online shopping experience where the shopper may abandon their journey to payment.

Online payments market development

The value of spending on remote...

By David H. Deans, 05 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Devices, Disruption.

How collaborative robotics revenue will reach $1.23 billion

While we continue to see reports about the growing fear of job loss due to robotics in the workplace, more industry analyst reports shed light on the apparent upside opportunities for vendors. ABI Research identified 'collaborative robotics' as one of the fastest growing market segments.

Small-to-Medium Businesses (SMBs) are driving the increased demand for these collaborative robots, as 'cobots' provide solutions that allow for a more flexible kind of manufacturing that makes no assumptions...

By David H. Deans, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Machine Learning.

Technology, media and telecom trends for 2017: Deals and media outlook

Last year may be remembered for many years to come, for a variety of reasons, including significant market transactions. Mergermarket, an Acuris company, has released its global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) roundup report of the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector for the whole year.

In 2017, global dealmaking in the TMT sector saw 3,389 deals worth a combined $498.2 billion. Although total deal value fell 26.3 percent compared to the $676.3 billion tallied...

By David H. Deans, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Content, Entertainment, Research.