Industry leader reveals five industrial IoT predictions for 2017

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Freewave Technologies – a provider of industrial, IoT and M2M wireless network solutions – recently offered its second annual list of predictions for the future of Industrial IoT (IIoT).
As CMO Scott Allen stated: "IIoT is transforming the connected ecosystem of geographically dispersed businesses and, this year, is going to be critical for IT innovation and product development."
Covering a range of topics, the five predictions are "a high-level examination of the industrial IoT landscape, not only from a technology point of view, but what it all means from the business perspective."
1. Public utility closure
With the maturation of interoperability standards, and the evolution of remote data collection technologies, critical infrastructure and utility companies are having to adapt at a rapid pace. But with older workforces and ageing infrastructure, management teams will find it hard to locate the resources needed to create an integrated, comprehensive portfolio of connected applications.
2. 802.11 ah (HaLow) protocol will become standard
As more Smart City initiatives emerge, the need for high bandwidth solutions will intensify. By the end of 2017, millions of smart IoT devices will be deployed into networks using 802.11 ah (HaLow) wireless networking protocol, Freewave predicts. It will take over from Bluetooth for "critical infrastructure applications" such as energy efficiency, public safety, public infrastructure design and traffic management.
3. Enterprises will nurture the next generation of IoT talent
The skills gap is one of the biggest challenges facing IoT recruitment, with too few qualified applicants to fill the new, digital-centric IT roles. As the challenge persists, private companies will be incentivised to fund secondary education programmes in order to develop the talent they need.
4. IIoT app development programmes will outpace those for consumer IoT
The demand for apps on the IT side of business, as well as big opportunities for app developers, will shift the focus from consumer IoT to Industrial IoT. Within three years, app development programmes for IIoT will outgrow and outpace development programmes for consumer IoT apps.
5. Strongest security rollouts to date
Thanks to emerging technologies that reduce the amount of data being sent to the Cloud – bringing computer power closer to the places data is used and generated – users will be able to control, analyse and automate data closer to the 'Things'. The reduced threat of attack on IIoT networks will improve cybersecurity.
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