One of the major trends in 2015 will undoubtedly be the generalization of the Internet of Things, also called “machine to machine” or “M2M”. In French, it means the world of connected objects that exchange data without our help. Today there are already three times more connected machines than there are human beings on Earth. A study by the Gartner study, just next year, nearly 5 billion of new objects will be connected to the internet. The GPS will take appointments for vehicle maintenance, the boiler will light when we leave our work, a sensor located in our home will alert our smartphone if the CO2 level inside deserves the way back window is opened. And via the app Pavlok, your watch will send you an electric shock if you do not respect your decision to quit smoking or snacking between meals. A discharge just two milliamperes, rest assured. All that exists or will exist in the coming weeks.
A good year for cybercrime?
We suspected a bit, hackers will also be very present. Particularly in banking, described by antivirus companies (including Karpersky) as ‘THE’ weak link in digital security. Including bank ATMs, many of which are still running Windows XP, an older operating system nearly 15 years.
Apple devices will also be major targets. Just because iPhones and iPads are an important part of the mobile market. As was Windows in the PC world.
And that will be the case for printers that now operate wireless and thus serve as “gateways” to corporate networks.
Finally the new mobile payment systems -the smartphones- will attract pirates. Because they use NFC (Near Field Communications), this mode of close communication poor reputation. This is certainly the fear issued by antivirus companies. A check in time.
Another way to use technology
In 2015, the streaming will go into high gear. After establishing itself in the music world (with Deezer and Spotify), streaming squatting TV. For the first time in the world, viewers will turn en masse to streaming video. In 2015, video content will be more watched streaming on straight-line basis (depending on the channel programs.)
The 2015 flop?
The disappointment of 2015 will probably delay of one year (2016) the removal of roaming tariff (roaming). For 4 or 5 years we announce lower roaming charges each July 1st. Normally, the concept of roaming costs “should” disappear in 2015, but it will probably not.
The final proposal of the Italian Presidency provides for the introduction of roaming toll December 15, 2016. In fact, countries fear that the end of the roaming does not cause the increase in telecom tariffs for national calls. Then we would pay more for calling 2km from home than to call in Paris or Berlin. We will see what will be the new European Presidency which begins on 1 January.
It now provides for the introduction of toll-free roaming in December 2016 only. If this is the case, it would be the biggest disappointment of 2015.
The sharing economy enters our habits
Collaborative economy entered our vocabulary in 2014 could become a reality next year. The sauce begins to sharing with vehicles (BlaBlaCar member Join or disputed Uber), the exchange of tourists between housing or the pooling of gardening equipment and among special services.
Three criteria will encourage this trend. First the crisis makes the ownership of objects increasingly unaffordable. Then the search for a sustainable economy and finally the availability of Internet and mobile technologies without which this type of transaction would be impossible.
All this will be for 2015. In a future article, we will discuss the technological future 5 years. With smart cities, domestic robots and artificial intelligence.