MWC Americas 2019: The Era of Intelligent Connectivity

Mobile World Congress Americas, a large technology conference, was held in Los Angeles, CA in October 2019. Nearly 22,000 attendees from more than 100 countries gathered to explore the key trends shaping the wireless industry. The main theme of the event was Intelligent Connectivity, a powerful combination of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Big Data enabled by 5G. Auriga’s experts could not miss such a great show, and we are pleased to share some of their thoughts and insights.

IoT in Healthcare

IoT has found various applications in healthcare, from smartwatches and fitness trackers to robotic surgery and glucose monitoring by IoT devices. We at Auriga know this firsthand from helping MedTech companies develop connected medical devices, remote patient monitoring systems, and innovative telemedicine and mHealth solutions and ensure interoperability. MWC Americas showed that the integration of IoT with other prominent technologies, such as AI, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, and Big Data, expands the horizons of healthcare and helps enhance patient care significantly.

IoT Device Management

Effective IoT device management is a key element for any successful IoT solution. There are four fundamental IoT device management requirements: provisioning and authentication, configuration and control, monitoring and diagnostics, and software updates and maintenance. This topic was of special interest for Auriga, as we have recently developed a system to manage over 1 million IoT devices for one of our clients. MWC Americas provided a good platform to discuss the key IoT device management challenges, including IoT security, speed of processing and analyzing data, and time to onboard new IoT devices.

IoT Connectivity

IoT does not just promise to revolutionize the way the world works in the near future; we have already witnessed solutions that take connectivity to the next level. IoT connectivity is the backbone to any IoT solution allowing devices and machines to communicate and share data. In 2018, Statista registered that over 20 billion devices were connected around the world, and this number continues to grow quickly. IoT connectivity was the hottest topic for Auriga, given our deep expertise in data processing for sensors, wearables, connected cars, medical devices, and smart homes and enterprises.

Automotive IoT

Another hot topic at MWC Americas was automotive IoT or embedding IoT technologies into automotive systems to enable efficient, safe, and comfortable driving. The global automotive IoT market is expected to grow to $104.2 billion by 2023, and 90% of all new cars by 2040 are expected to be connected through IoT. This market trend will help Auriga leverage our connected car expertise in the development of V2I and V2V solutions, in-vehicle infotainment systems, wireless diagnostics systems, and so on to address industry challenges.

Ensuring IoT Reliability

As IoT technologies increasingly become part of complex life-critical systems, manufacturing companies can’t compromise on the security and safety of IoT devices. Under constant pressure to deliver new IoT solutions faster, how can they ensure IoT reliability?

Maxim Perekislov, Auriga’s expert, says,

A good idea is to use software simulation for embedded systems. Embedded software is the heart of any IoT device. Embedded system simulation allows you to speed up development, automate testing, leverage advanced debugging capabilities, improve product quality, and reduce time to market.

To sum up, MWC Americas was an exciting event covering all aspects of IoT, and we look forward to visiting it again next year to share ideas, network with tech gurus, and meet new business contacts from all over the world.