With IoT maturing there are plenty of people with plenty of opinions on what’s next for this burgeoning industry – and the Tele2 IoT team is no different. We talk IoT all day, every day and with the huge amounts of collective knowledge we possess, the team has some pretty clear ideas about what they think will happen next with IoT.  Here is a sample:

“Number one thing would be Edge Computing. More and more data will be needed/generated. There will be a need for processing the data to lower the needed bandwidth and usage. That’s where edge computing comes into place, especially for IoT devices. So, to be able to control and process the insanely huge amount of Big Data, processing power on the edge of the cloud will be the next big thing.”

“We’ll start to see more and more autonomous vehicles, first in controlled environments, such as airports and other campus networks, but then in public transport, such as trains and trams. They’re already being tested, and their use will grow because drivers are such a huge cost for companies.”

“I see more LTE-M devices being released, particularly in the IoT consumer market: low-cost trackers, kid’s smart watch trackers, pet trackers, etc. as the technology is starting to catch up with the consumer demand.”

“Not a very sexy prediction, but I think VoLTE will be a hot topic and a huge change for IoT devices using any kind of voice services.”

“We’ll start to see more and more autonomous vehicles, first in controlled environments, such as airports and other campus networks, but then in public transport, such as trains and trams. They’re already being tested, and their use will grow because drivers are such a huge cost for companies.”

“There will be changes in the energy sector, particularly when it comes to electric vehicles (EVs). It’s a fast-growing market, particularly in Europe, and due to innovations, such as the Tesla-created power walls, I think in a few years we won’t see many fossil fuel-driven cars – and the revolution will start with taxis and other public transport vehicles.”

“My 18-month prediction is that more mobile operators will partner with Microsoft, AWS, and Google to offer cloud services integrated with network edge computing. This will support IoT solutions in need of both short latency and long battery lifetime. With LPWA and 5G operator capabilities added, edge computing will rebalance the distribution of processor power between the application and the server over device, network and cloud. Partnerships such as AT&T & Microsoft and Verizon & AWS are setting examples here.”

“Right now, we have tracking connectivity in manufacturing, but it will start to become more and more autonomous. With the advent of 5G, more precise signals will be sent, which means that by using 5G signaling and indoor positioning, you can feed different production lines – for example, someone located in Sri Lanka can precision-cut a rock in a mine in northern Sweden. This will also be applicable in healthcare, which will be able to provide care to poorly served or remote communities virtually.”

“I believe we will see big growth in robot dogwalkers: Buy a service from a robot that will walk your dog on rainy days! Automatic pizza delivery with drones will also happen, and more things will happen automatically in the connected home, such a home deliver of groceries where the service puts everything in the refrigerator – leaving everyone with more time for fun!”

“As everyone working in an enterprise is also a consumer I believe Development on the consumer IoT side will have an impact on the overall IoT market as well. And one such thing is the adoption of eSIMs. Watches and other consumer devices will no longer be seen as needed complex solutions and this will open up the eyes of many enterprises in the value it can create for them, as well as the understanding of how it actually works will increase.”