Sven Löffler
9. February 2015 1
Digitization

Market for portable devices on the verge of a breakthrough

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, short the CES, heralds the technology year where future trends and new products for next year will be presented. Between the 6th of January to the 9th especially cars and connected devices where in the focus, more than ever before. According to studies, the German market for Smart Watches, Fitness Bands & Co. has grown by nearly 180 percent in 2014. The annual growth rate for Wearables till 2018 is predicted to be over 50 percent.

Small gadgets, worn on the wrist or other parts of the body are very trendy. If one interprets the CES correct, we are currently in a real wearable hype. It’s all about the measurement of the people and the earth. In particular, it focuses on digital health and fitness applications. This will give the user the necessary overview over his data: Pulse, breathing rate, temperature, posture and activity will be recorded, analyzed and visualized on your mobile device. When linking Wearable and Smartphone, tons of new applications are possible.

The CES on the rise for Industry 4.0

The smartest innovations at CES not only include “smart” clothing or data googles, but also “smart” headsets and hearing devices with advanced features and use cases. The German company Metaio writes programs for glasses which make the virtual world and reality merge. Mechanics are thus able to quickly find proper screws in highly complex machines. In the private domain especially with headphones or so-called “Hearables,” the company Bragi is right at front. In November 2014, they released their wireless in-ear headphones, which also works independently as a music player, microphone, bluetooth headset for phone calls and as a fitness tracker, measuring heart rate, body temperature and oxygen saturation in the blood. This product has won the “Best of Innovation Award 2015” at CES in the product category headphones. The Deutsche Telekom has already secured Bragi as a potential partner.

Wearables – How safe are they really?

These Wearables or “magic things” as they are called by Industry expert David Rose, from the research laboratory of the American Institute MIT, produce massive amounts of data – Big Data is about to change our life. So the question arises: “What to do with all the data? Smartphone memory is not able to handle those amounts of data in the long run”. But the solution is very simple – the data can be stored in the private cloud and the user has full access from anywhere. But networking means standardization and this must be guaranteed at a high level of safety. Especially online-based platforms are vulnerable in terms of cyber attacks. Therefore, the necessary data security and privacy, is besides the technical implementation, development core of T-Systems. The “Industry 4.0 made in Germany” has become a seal of quality thanks to our secure data centers and innovative networking and security technologies. This creates an trustworthy image in the customers perspective.

“Stay tuned” is the keyword here

Samsung has taken the first step by introducing their new operating system Tizen which will simplify device connectivity significantly. The manufacturer promises that this improves the cooperation with developers and other partners. But also the DTAG is present in the market for Wearables. One of the most successful projects is “Smart Home”, which enables users, to control their entire home – anytime from anywhere using their Smartphone. This was the driving factor why we could nearly triple our offering in the category Wearables and it´s not stopping!

Big Data Greetings
Sven Löffler

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