Global IT spending will reach $3.7 trillion in 2018, up 4.5 percent from 2017, as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain drive growth, according to Gartner. At the center of new innovations impacting the enterprise are wireless networks, which serve as the connected workforce's heartbeat. As any CIO knows, wireless technologies are rapidly changing, making it difficult to keep up with what new solutions to budget for; what new network features to adopt; and what technology will still be relevant before the next wave of new WLAN product rollouts make a splash. Adding to these challenges is the growing need for IT professionals to ensure seamless cellular coverage throughout the enterprise--an ask that is on the rise as businesses increasingly adopt BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies.
But with no major innovations awaited in handsets, analysts expect the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to focus on new uses for artificial intelligence (AI) and the looming deployment of super-fast 5G wireless networks. Smartphone giants Huawei, LG or HTC are not expected to launch a new flagship device at the annual show, so Samsung will have the opportunity to grab the spotlight when it unveils its S9 and S9 phones on Sunday on the eve of the fair. The teasers suggest major changes to the camera, which will reportedly allow for "super slow-motion" videos and a new camera lens that improves low-light photos: features some of its rivals already offer. The camera "seems to have become a major source of differentiation for the latest generation of smartphones," said mobile phone analyst Ben Wood of CCS Insight. Samsung suffered a humiliating recall of its Galaxy Note 7 device in 2016 after several devices exploded but its Galaxy 8 smartphone was a consumer and critical success.
Phone makers will seek to entice new buyers with better cameras and bigger screens at the world's biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain after a year of flat smartphone sales. But with no major innovations awaited in handsets, analysts expect the four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona to focus on new uses for artificial intelligence (AI) and the looming deployment of super-fast 5G wireless networks.
One of the most exciting ways in which 5G wireless networks will be used is within intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and development testing of such systems is already underway in some areas. ITS technologies look to improve and enhance the way in which transportation systems and infrastructure are used including traffic management, idle vehicle time, and congestion relief. As we enter the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, ITS technologies are beginning to incorporate other cutting-edge technologies such as 5G wireless networks and artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technologies in order to further enhance their capabilities, performance, and efficiency. Due to the nature of intelligent transportation systems, there are several ways in which the inclusion of modern 5G wireless networks could enhance and improve various aspects of their operation and performance. From enabling new and improved services such as smart tolling and parking to providing a smoother upgrade path for infrastructure to accommodate future additions, 5G wireless networks have the potential to significantly shift the intelligent transportation landscape.