TE Insights on IoT, 5G, and AI
Next-generation engineering is bringing new efficiencies into our daily lives. At the center of this evolution is robust, advanced connectivity for integrated, responsive technology. These solutions are making possible advancements enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G ecosystems, and artificial intelligence (AI). To make this happen, manufacturers are installing miniature connectors, lightweight cabling, customized antennas, and multi-property sensors to improve, increase, and integrate data processing, power distribution, signal transmission, and wireless capacity into connected cars and trains, electrified powertrains, medical devices, smart appliances, industrial robots, building systems, data centers, communications and utility networks, and more. At TE Connectivity (TE), we partner with engineering innovators and technology entrepreneurs to traverse the value chain. These business-expanding partnerships are enabling our customers to develop integrated connectivity solutions designed and manufactured to increase value across the value chain.
RECENTLY PUBLISHED INSIGHTS
TE Connectivity (TE) designed a survey for engineers on a variety of topics related to IoT design. We got responses from 180 engineers ... primarily senior engineers with a stated interest in consumer, industrial, and automotive IoT. Our survey explored IoT applications and design methods and then identified common challenges that exist across this space.
The Internet of Things is changing everything — everywhere. Yet the path and scope of those changes seem very unsettled — particularly for design engineers who have to fully understand and embrace the changes and how to best leverage them in new designs.
With this in mind, TE Connectivity (TE) designed a survey for engineers on a variety of topics related to IoT design. We got responses from 180 engineers ... primarily senior engineers with a stated interest in consumer, industrial, and automotive IoT. Our survey explored IoT applications and design methods and then identified common challenges that exist across this space.
So where do we stand just now, and is it just hype?
We think our survey assesses the opportunities and separates the hype from the reality. Here’s what we learned.
First, 5G will continue to expand the proliferation of IoT.
5G networked devices can be just about anything. With the ability to connect to thousands of devices at once at exceptionally fast speeds and low end-to-end latency, engineers anticipate 5G will have a significant impact on IOT applications. Nearly 60 percent of respondents believe the advent of 5G will mean getting data faster and that, in turn, will result in new applications of all kinds for IoT.
Second, engineers see several areas that they expect to dramatically shape IoT.
Here’s what we learned.
Third, engineers think IoT requirements are not being fully met in a number of areas, and ranked these areas as most important:
These last two areas – processing speed and cloud —were considered less vital.
Fourth, we found that miniaturization is universally seen as key to IoT development.
Fifth, we talked about how IoT is expected to evolve into what experts predict will be a pervasive network that connects virtually every aspect of our lives.
Survey participants see three common major challenges when designing for IoT.
The first two challenges were finding the right hardware and connectivity. Nearly half of respondents — some 49% mentioned these two challenges. We don’t think that is surprising given that today there are multiple wired and wireless options to connect IoT devices. All of these connectivity standards and technologies serve valuable purposes yet taking on all of those standards from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to Ethernet is a significant undertaking.
The third challenge was security — 44% mentioned this. Others mentioned developing the right software at 43% and cloud computing issues, trailing at 14%.
Sixth, when we asked how many engineers have really started their IoT solution design — we discovered that most seem to start at the same point.
The vast majority of engineers are beginning with hardware choices — 78% — while only 22% started by specifying software.
At TE Connectivity, we think all of these findings are exceedingly relevant today. We believe we are in the midst of what we call the fourth industrial revolution — the convergence of physical things with the Internet of Things. It’s why we think this data and our analysis is so important.
From the data, it is clear that IoT is here to stay, it’s growing, and will impact design engineers moving forward. TE Connectivity has extensive experience with engineers worldwide. We expect the growth of connected things within the next five to ten years to be very significant — and we plan to play a key role with our products. Let’s work together on the IoT opportunity.
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Change is opportunity; ignoring it is perilous. In the technology value chain, partnerships are crucial to success. Through collaboration, companies can turn challenges into opportunties emerging around advancement in the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G ecosystem, and artificial intelligence (AI).
Electronic components are the foundation for enabling robust data connectivity. To keep pace with demand for faster data speeds, engineers can develop interactive ecosystems for a smarter, productive, and even more connected world. In cars and trucks, these can include driver assistance, infotainment options, 360-degree camera systems, high-speed V2V, and V2I communication, along with essential safety features. With this, 5G tech can integrate and enable more functionality in mobile technology and cloud computing while supporting digital transformation in many sectors, including healthcare, transportation, and industrial automation.
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At TE, we design and manufacture the rugged, robust connectivity and sensors solutions at the center of IoT innovation, which includes new 5G solutions that make hyper-connectivity and faster data transmission possible. Every day around the world, engineers and entrepreneurs rely on TE products to generate business advantages and customer value around the IoT market opportunity. With TE, they are turning ground-breaking ideas into the innovative technologies making our homes, worksites, and communities safer, sustainable, productive, and connected.
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