March 25, 2015
What if the solution to global climate change was found in the palm of our hands, on our smartphones to be more specific?
Jonathan Spalter, Chair of Mobile Future, believes that mobile infrastructure is a key factor in finding answers to many societal issues, ranging from environmental issues to community safety. His vision of a mobile-driven world is pretty accurate when you look at the statistics of the growing number of smartphone users worldwide.
Spalter took the stage during SXSW this year to discuss current trends and the future of the mobile landscape. Mobile Future educates and informs key decision makers in business and government on a how wireless innovations are transforming our society.
Here are some trends to watch in the mobile industry:
1. The Internet of Things
From our homes to our cars, everything will be eventually connected to our smartphones.
“This is a trend that is taking over. Soon there’ll be 50 thousand wireless sensors deployed around the world. That mobility and mobile business model, as a result, will be adaptive to this new contextually aware environment that we’re going to be moving into,” said Spalter.
2. Smarter, Better Devices
Technology companies will continue to create smartphones that are adaptable and durable to our everyday needs.
“Regardless of what kind of device, they will be infinitively smarter because they are going to understand our physical environment and our engagement with that physical environment,” he said.
3. Better Infrastructure
Consumers are driving the need for faster and more secure online structures. Spalter explained that in order to create strong wireless infrastructures, there needs to be collaboration between the government and companies.
“Companies that invest in our wireless infrastructure are moving to evolve networks to create even greater heights of speed, lower latency and security,”added Spalter.
4. Increase in Civic Engagement
The opportunities to create safer and more connected communities will continue to grow as more people have access to smartphones. Companies, especially startups, need to create products that can be accessed to on the go. This creates better communication between people. All players must be involved in the creation of this connected community. Mobile solutions can create effective volunteer opportunities, as well as better deployment of public safety officers.
“Government agencies… and municipal leaders now have access to our worries and thoughts because to the incredible power of the mobile platform,” said Spalter.
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