While the broad concept of the Internet of Things may be difficult for people to grasp, one basic concept is already familiar within the mainstream population — that being the practical benefits of GPS and location-aware technologies.
Indoor beacon applications will help to revive the GPS market, now forecast to reach over $3.5 billion in 2019.
A completely connected future, while increasingly within reach from a technological perspective, remains cloudy from the consumer standpoint. General awareness of the Internet of Things (IoT) is still low.
73% of U.S. adults were unfamiliar with the IoT, while only 6% of respondents were “very familiar” with it.
Digital video in the Nordics will account for more than half of all home video spend this year — making it the first market to reach the digital tipping point. Overall, the global installed base of TV-centric connected devices surpassed one billion units in 2013 and will exceed two billion by 2017.
Global ownership of personal devices has soared from 2.8 billion in 2013, and on track to reach 4.4 billion by 2017.
Telecom provider groups reacted to pressure on traditional revenue by increasing their focus on digital services and creating dedicated business units — notably Telefónica Digital, SingTel Group Digital Life and SK Planet.
There’s a wide variety of service areas – including over-the-top, advertising, analytics, payments, e-commerce and M2M.
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One in nine UK households will contain at least one smart system by the end of this year, rising to over one in four households after five years. UK households with smart home system will increase 43 percent to 3.1 million in 2014, with home owners spending a total of £715 million.
This is forecast to double to £1.4 billion across 7.7 million UK households by 2019.
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Poland is an economy in transition, going from being efficiency-driven to innovation-driven, where the role of the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector is critical.
The value of the internet economy has doubled in the past six years, reaching PLN 93 billion (€22.5 billion), or 5.8% of GDP.
By 2018, it is anticipated that there will be 1.2 million U.S. job openings in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, with a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill them.
Providing quality access to STEM education and careers is an economic and social imperative for the United States.
The House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills was given the go ahead on Monday 9 June, and its members were formally appointed on 12 June.
They’re urging anyone with experience of working in or recruiting staff for the UK technology industry to get involved.
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At the end of 2013, ultra-fast broadband access represented 29 percent of all broadband connections worldwide. This marks real progress as the percentage stood at 22 percent just one year ago.
Fiber communication is still the most widely deployed technology, accounting for 60% of subscribers around the globe.
More than 60% of Big Data practitioners that deployed Hadoop have migrated at least one workload from a “traditional” data warehouse or mainframe to Hadoop. Another 34% expect to do so in the next six months.
Next are business intelligence reporting workloads, the core app of any enterprise data warehouse.