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How Mobile Location And The Internet of Things (IoT) Are Changing The Way We Work

The Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us and it’s time to embrace the new technologies. Cisco estimates the number of connected devices will jump from 15 billion today to 50 billion by 2020. Research firm IDC anticipates global spending on IoT devices and services will hit $1.7 trillion in 2020. Today, the IoT affects our day-to-day work in terms of how we interact with things around us. In the future, we can expect the IoT, or “Industrial Internet”, to generate new job roles and responsibilities and to modify the way we commute, communicate and collaborate. In this blog we will discuss how location data is helping businesses to facilitate communication between humans and machines and how to cash in on the benefits of the IoT. 

Pew Research Center’s FACTTANK found that 90% of smartphone owners are using their devices to get directions and other location-related information (up from 74% in 2013). But location data is not only useful to smartphone owners, Carrier Network Mobile Location can be used to find any device connected to any network – including basic phones and M2M devices

Today, mobile location plays a leading role in fields including but not limited to: asset tracking, emergency response, disaster management, environmental sampling, municipal and utility maintenance operations, and location marketing. And that’s just through mobile and M2M devices. The IoT means that soon trillions of everyday objects will be part of our digitation information environment. 

But how? Our Layered Location Intelligence page briefly details the various types of location we offer and the data it provides to businesses. Internet connectivity enables LBS (location-based services) to take advantage of everything available through the World Wide Web such as search, video and video conferencing, music, social networking, file sharing, shopping, advertising and more. 

Smartphones, which are designed for IP, have opened the door to applications (apps) that leverage both Internet-resident resources (the cloud) and the phones extraordinary processing power, sensors and graphical user interfaces to provide unprecedented capabilities, many of them location-based. 

The location opportunity is worth millions, if not billions when you add up the savings location-based services can bring. Now is the time to re-strategize and make sure to incorporate LBS to realize these savings while also making your business stronger and leaner.