IoT is a key theme for Ericsson. Dominick De Boever, account executive, refers to the Mobility Report that Ericsson published in November 2016. “There will be 550 million 5G subscriptions in 2022. According to our analysis, 18 out of 29 billion connected devices will be part of IoT in 2022. Today, most connected devices are mobile phones, but from 2018, connected devices such as vehicles, machines, measuring instruments etc., will take their place. Dominick states that the real challenge is not the scope of the generated data but rather the analyses that leads to usable information.
This is the big data challenge in which we have to conform to the rules around protection of personal data such as the GDPR (Global Data Privacy Regulation), as enacted by the European Commission.
“The IoT linked to our solutions shows an energy conservation of more than 30% and a time advantage of almost 80% for the administrator”, says Nicolas Denef, CMO of Opinum. This Belgian enterprise, partner of the Proximus IoT ecosystem, develops simple and flexible digital solutions for businesses to analyse, understand and manage their energy usage. “It is useless to create more data but it is essential to connect the data in order to create usable information”, confirms Loïc Bar, founder and CEO of Opinum.
ISS Facility Services, the world leader in its sector, operates the IoT to be very pro-active with its clients in order to increase their employee satisfaction. “In Scandinavian countries the results have already come in. Buildings are managed real-time in their operations.
The collected data is being used to create a closer relationship with the user”, confirms Tim de Wit, sales director. According to him, machine learning will be the next big step. “In the facility domain, the advantage is very clear: managing the usage of a building or meeting rooms through the exact measurement of temperature, CO2… will become the synonym for proactivity.”
For PWC, data has always been an important foundation. And according to Cindy Huyghens, Director Finance & Performance Management, the IoT and big data are the key to providing more extensive analysis for businesses and their end-users. “We will strengthen our position as provider of strategic and operational consultancy, based on extensive analysis of connected data”, clarifies Cindy. “The challenge will be to advise the user with their choice of applications and executable analysis. The protection of data with a personal nature and cyber security must also always be a priority.”
Through real-time analytics, the safety of large groups of citizens and tourists during events can be tracked, weapons can be secured with a built-in chip in the badge … big data and the IoT are without doubt incredibly useful for the local police. But what Christophe Aspeslagh, IT manager at the local police in Oostende, takes out of it, is the construction of the new headquarters of the Oostende Police. “It is the ideal moment to integrate IoT to optimise the operations and energy usage of the teams.
There are endless possibilities, so it’s important that the most efficient choices are made in our specific context”, confirms Christophe.
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