May 13, 2015
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The engine for mobile innovation for three decades, Qualcomm is once again accelerating the evolution of technology. Today we are inventing the foundation for the Internet of Everything (IoE). This new model will bring intelligent connectivity to all the things that matter to us, enabling new classes of devices and services, and delivering experiences we haven’t begun to imagine.
Today the Internet is exploding in size and scale, and mobile technology is set to revolutionize everything from cars to light bulbs. Analysts estimate that somewhere between 25 and 50 billion devices will connect to the Internet (and each other) by 2020. But it’s not enough for things to simply be connected. That connectivity needs to do something for us, to add value. A smart light bulb needs to be more useful than a dumb light bulb—otherwise, what’s the point?
While many are focused on the promise of the Internet of Everything, Qualcomm has a bold vision for what the IoE will look like—and we’re uniquely qualified to make it happen.
At the heart of the IoE
While others focus their R&D investments on specific building blocks, Qualcomm is taking the big-picture view. We see the IoE as something much bigger than just a framework for connecting machines and other “things.” We’re building out the foundation for a different kind of IoE. We envision an IoE that scales to support the multifaceted needs of a truly hyperconnected world. And we’re delivering the intelligence required to bring out its full potential—to make the things around us really useful.
With a 30-year heritage in creating wireless connections and ecosystems, Qualcomm is already at the heart of the IoE. Our company provides technologies to connect billions of devices and things. And today, our continuing innovations in connectivity, computing, and cognitive technologies will not just enable tens of billions of devices and things to become part of the IoE, they will bring new levels of intelligence to the equation, and enable new ways of interacting.
Creating the fabric for connecting everything
So how do you go about intelligently connecting virtually everything? For starters, it requires a broad mix of wireless technologies—including 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth—that don’t just scale to accommodate all those devices and things coming online, but can also empower new ways of using them. Our vision for the IoE transforms how we’ll think about connecting and interacting. Our goal is to empower new classes of services for control and discovery, and to create a converged connectivity platform—the smart fabric for connecting everything.
The IoE that we envision goes way beyond just connecting things. It will be adaptable and reliable enough to be counted on for mission critical needs, even in situations where failure is not an option (e.g., in the health care field, the autonomous vehicle space, and more). And the types of experiences the IoE brings to life will expand even further as future evolutions of LTE deliver much lower latency and higher security and reliability, and as the ultra-reliable connections envisioned with 5G become a reality.
To make that connected future possible, we’re scaling wireless to connect a much wider variety of devices and things. That means pushing the boundaries of WAN and LAN connectivity through innovations in LTE Advanced and Wi-Fi as well as the convergence of both technologies. It means enabling new types of connections, including device-to-device communication such as LTE Direct, and machine-to-machine communications such as LTE-M, and Wi-Fi ah, and more.
And in this new paradigm, devices and things are no longer end-points: They’re integral parts of the network that can relay, discover, and communicate directly.
When so many things are communicating constantly, you don’t want your television to be befuddled by data from the light bulb, just because different companies make them. To make this gigantic system work together, Qualcomm Connected Experiences pioneered AllJoyn (now part of the AllSeen Alliance), a common, open-source language that leverages the power of proximal, peer-to-peer connectivity to help different brands of devices and appliances discover and interact with one another.
Bringing cognitive technologies to life
If all these devices and things are going to become truly useful to us, they’re going to need greater intelligence and more processing capabilities. Qualcomm’s strategy is to put more intelligence in devices and at the edge of the network—right where the interactions are happening. A great example is the connected car. Our cars are now taking advantage of multiple connectivity technologies and processing capabilities to provide us with a whole range of convenience, infotainment, and safety features.
And Qualcomm is now bringing the next level of intelligence to devices and things. Inspired by the human brain, cognitive technologies allow things to perceive (seeing and observing via computer vision and always-on sensing); to reason by learning; and to infer context. The result is that things can act intuitively, bringing not just new user experiences to life, but also enhanced security and privacy.
Eventually, connected and smart things will be so ubiquitous that they’ll be embedded right into the infrastructure that makes up our everyday surroundings. Today, many of us take for granted the wires and electronics that keep the modern world functioning. In the future, we’ll likely notice this pervasive web of sensors and networks even less. In the health care realm, wearable sensors will be as commonplace as the annual physical they’ll one day replace. That’s the promise of the IoE: to change the way we all interact with the world—to make life better.
We helped usher in the mobile revolution when analog phones moved to digital. Our technologies then transformed computing and the Internet—making it mobile. And today, we’re making the Internet of Everything… real.
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