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The year 2020 promises to be rich in innovations in the field of IoT and embedded technologies. Connected objects are multiplying and are now an integral part of our daily lives. Their number continues to increase, making them almost victims of their own success.
3 major degraded aspects that have become (too) important: the speed, the latency and the cost of communication networks. The ambition behind the new standards and improvements that will bear in the year 2020 is to come and solve these problems.
Let’s take a look at the technologies ready deploy in 2020. And which will make it possible to overcome the difficulties of the success of connected objects.

5G · Support for IoT in 2020?

According to Gartner * in 2020 we will reach almost 6 billion IoT objects. This meteoric growth heralds good days for the IoT … if and only if we make sure that the network is ready to support such a load.
This is precisely the objective of 5G and one of its innovative concepts which are network slicing. The latter allows unclogging the network by cutting it. Thus each section created is dedicated to a very specific use making it possible to adapt its performance and resources according to its use.

AI at the edge · (or how to boost the use of microcontrollers)

This micro-revolution is very promising. It offers the possibility of inserting AI directly into the microcontroller and has many advantages. With this development, AI is installed as close as possible to the source of detection of the information that can analyze. Their collection and study are therefore greatly simplified. Before inserting the AI ​​directly into the microcontrollers, the data was collected and then sent to a server to extract the necessary information and analyze it, this required having a significant bandwidth. By dividing and moving this task within different microcontrollers, the whole process becomes more reliable, faster and less resource-consuming.

A use case that could see the light of day would be the application of this technology in industrial processes. Indeed, it is now possible to equip microcontrollers with neural networks in order to be able to predict malfunctions. Possible breakdowns to come. The predictive maintenance market is booming in this area.

Wifi 6 · Future advantage of IoT in buildings

The new AX standard for wifi follows the same movement as 5G, it also becomes more robust to better cope with the multitude of objects. That requires much larger data transmissions. The promise of this Wifi 6 is clear, it wants to provide a greater range, from 3 to 4 times more speed than wifi 5 and therefore speed. Reliability in terms of bandwidth while remaining almost imperturbable by the neighbors of the network.

The implementation of this new standard will allow connected objects to more efficiently transmit the data necessary for operation for cloud-type services. This is particularly the case in the field of smart home and remote monitoring. Where data flows are sometimes important, such as the use of high definition video in real-time.

IoT security · Security by design must become the norm in 2020

A study * conducted in 2019 by the Internet Society reveals that 73% of French people are wary of connected objects. Safety when it comes to talking about IoT is indeed a crucial point that deserves serious consideration. The mass effect that we can talk about now in terms of IoT leads to lower prices but it is not without cost on their reliability and security. In addition, with the rise in particular machine-to-machine IoT, where the use of a centralized server as an intermediary eliminates, the risk of piracy increases! To anticipate and counter these growing risks, it is necessary to think about the security of the connected object well upstream of the project and from its conception. Security by design, fairly telling terms.

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