The Internet of Things (IoT), also referred to as the Internet of Everything - the digital grand design by which people, processes, data, and things connect to the Internet and each other, is already affecting plant network strategies. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connections that will require greater bandwidth and lower latency range from telemedicine and smart car navigation systems, to home automation, security and video surveillance.
Connected healthcare, including health monitors, medicine dispensers, and first-responder connectivity, will be the fastest growing industry segment, at 49 percent CAGR. Connected car applications will have the second fastest growth, at 37 percent CAGR, according to projections by Cisco.
There’s no doubt mobility and M2M technologies enhance and have the capability to change how we live, work, play and parallel park. They may even save lives. However, given that just about every industry observer points out there’s simply not enough bandwidth to ensure the viability of future growth, how will the supply of bandwidth capacity keep pace with demand?
One solution to the network challenge is creating a new edge of the Internet in order to serve content locally to subscribers within underserved markets, not solely from one of the eight traditional peering locations across the U.S. By localizing content in proximity to the consumers of that content, both broadband providers and content providers can reduce costs by offloading backbone traffic, improve performance related to throughput and download speeds, and improve end-user experience.
Progressive companies are also designing, deploying, and operating small cell solutions at the edge of the network to enhance mobile connectivity. By deploying these cells at the edge of the network, data can be available to end-users in real-time, and accessible anywhere, anytime, on any device.