This Week in IoT: Chief IoT Officers, Smart Home 2025, and 5G Networks

February 17, 2016

February is a tough month on the calendar. We’re in that stretch of days where the weather can be finicky, there is a distinct lack of holidays/days off, and the news cycle can be a bit quiet. (Case in point: a Florida man made national news when he threw an alligator through a Wendy’s drive-through window. Go figure.) Lucky for us, the IoT segment never stops. Here are five IoT technology stories that caught our attention this week.

Survey Reveals IoT Expectations at Home

A new survey from Intel gives us a view into what Americans expect from the IoT and the smart home of the future. The survey looks ahead to the year 2025 and explores questions about the intersection between IoT technology and relationships, money, household chores, living space, and more. The biggest takeaway is that 68% of respondents believe that “smart homes will be as commonplace as smartphones within 10 years,” says the study.

Chief IoT Officers?

There are Chief Information Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, and Chief Operating Officers. Add to that list the Chief IoT Officer. A new research finding by security firm Webroot and data center provider IO found that 54% of businesses in the UK plan to hire a Chief IoT Officer within the next year. The industries leading the charge include education, retail, and telecoms.

Augmented Reality Gets the TED Treatment

Re/code is reporting that this year’s TED conference will broadly feature virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. As noted in the article: “There are speakers at TED who’ll be arguing that VR and augmented reality offer the chance of a dramatic shift in how we interact with computers and with the real world,” TED curator Chris Anderson told Re/code. “From digital to analog, from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, from observation to immersion, the demos they are working on are jaw-dropping. We can’t wait.”

How Much Are Smart Cities Worth?

MarketsandMarkets is out with another new research report; this time, the firm focuses on the value of the IoT in the smart cities market.According to their report, the value of IoT in the smart cities segment will grow to $147.5 billion by 2020. The press release goes on to note that “more than 200 smart city projects across the globe provide huge opportunities in this market for IoT vendors, service providers, platform providers, and consulting companies.”

Major Mobile Carriers Testing 5G Networks

It seems as though 5G, the “next gen” cellular technology, is on the horizon. T-Mobile is the latest carrier to reveal they will begin testing 5G networks this year. However, the carrier’s CTO, Neville Ray, also disclosed that the arrival of these networks to consumers will not occur until 2020. You can read more about 5G while you are waiting for this super data pipeline to your smartphone.

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