In the start of the New Year, it is time to identify your technological strategies and adopt what’s truly useful for you and your company. We have listed five hot technology trends to watch for in the upcoming year.  

1.       Connected Vehicles:
The Car as a connected platform enables multiple protocols to talk to each other. It also connects to the cloud using driver’s cellular service and hardware. The current car models allow multiple communication channels that connect with the engine, tire pressure, roadside assistance, safety system, camera/radar system to the drivers display. The network enables information system to connect with the entertainment control[1].
2.       Mobile Apps:
Consumers are bringing smartphones and other connected devices into the cars. Smartphones are gaining popularity in utilizing Bluetooth, GPS, Voice Recognition, Hotspot Tethering, and NFC. All these technologies bring new opportunity to improve drivers and passengers experience. Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) picks up the stream in the office too. With more than 50% of people bringing their own device to work and using the device to access corporate networks, company email, business applications and other sensitive information. This presents a security challenge associated with mobile access. Mobile Access is needed for organizations to secure networks and systems[2].
3.       M2M:
Machine-to-machine communication is on the rise. There will be more devices connected to the internet than human beings in the next decade. Affordable wireless connections make it possible to transfer data to a remote central location for monitoring and control. Greater demand for M2M solutions across industries require related ecosystem to keep pace with the complex requirements. Smart devices connected to the internet are becoming the information and services growth engine in the coming years[3].
4.       Telematics:
The revolutionary idea of Telematics relate to usage/behavior-based insurance lives up its potential.  This technological trend is pushing up insurance companies to change their business model to satisfy more customer demand in the mass market. Users’ ability to access vehicle data, combined with the availability of connected services, will allow for deep penetration of telematics into the insurance market. The opportunities for insurers focus on customer loyalty and segmentation. Value added services such as real-time feedback, distracted and teen-driving, emergency services offer customers more valuable support[4].
5.       Low cost telematics in the cloud:
2013 will see a move to low cost telematics as services move to the cloud. Cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) already plays an important role in enterprise data and will be moving to multiple devices and a hosted SaaS model. It is predicted that more companies will outsource the complexity around IT and Telematics.
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