(1) The adoption of disruptive technologies will fuel Smart Cities growthAccording to Gartner research, by 2020 there will be 9.7bn connected things in use in smart cities. So when it comes to 2017 technology trends, Gartner’s research points to just three years away and it’s clear that disruptive technologies will continue to push the boundaries and support the infrastructure of WiFi, cloud services, broadband networks, wireless sensors and mobile apps. Used to generate “smart” services to urban areas, traditional services and networks will become more efficient as their use of digital and telecommunication technologies increases. Smart Cities can enable the efficient running of transport networks, healthcare systems or energy management. Cities can become more efficient, more environmentally friendly and more public-centric. So looking at 2017 technology trends, with economies tight, local and national governments will begin to grasp that the only future is a smart one.
(2) Artificial intelligence (AI) will help fuel the rise of intelligent appsAI refers to the science and engineering of developing intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programmes. Most of us are familiar with Google’s self-driving car and the introduction of the much-publicised Amazon Echo. This is a wireless speaker, enabled with Amazon’s cloud-based virtual personal assistant (VPA) Alexa. VPAs are intelligent apps that are likely to soar in popularity over the coming year. Companies are falling over themselves to make our lives easier and healthier. Personal Health 360’s Shae is a virtual health assistant that follows “you through the day and responds to you as circumstances change”. It measures stress levels, environment, brain frequencies and blood readings. Samsung’s robot prototype Otto offers help with home security and can listen to voice commands to activate functions. By 2018 it’s predicted that 200 of the world’s largest companies will be exploiting intelligent apps using advanced analytics and big data to enhance customer experience. In terms of 2017 technology trends, this will be a crucial year in development of the apps. Continue on the next page for more 2017 technology trends, including one that that will become the norm.
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