The glitzy new phones, VR headsets and drones grabbed the headlines at Mobile World Congress 2016. But it was IoT for business that made the show.
Indeed, the home market continues to struggle to forge a path to a connected future, wading through pervasive privacy concerns and a limited selection of high-priced thermostats, light bulbs and refrigerators.
But the business of IoT for business, meanwhile, is already good business. Cities like Los Angeles and San Antonio are deploying connected street lighting to cut down on waste and make streets safer for drivers. And companies like GE and Harley-Davidson are connecting factory equipment to decrease downtime by predicting equipment failure, and to anticipate heating and cooling needs to cut costs and improve comfort.
And while we’re on the subject of Mobile World, I had a few choice words for smartphone suppliers as well. Read that USA TODAY column here: