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Future of connectivity

Cheaper technologies and greater processing power are enabling opportunities in connectivity.

Companies already investing in
this opportunity

HP ● Samsung Electronics ● AT&T ● Daimler ● Ferrovial ● LG Electronics ● Levi’s ● Energeia ● QC Ware

opportunities in the future of connectivity to 2030.

Five promising use cases in

Future of connectivity

  1. Smart meters to verify energy colour (renewable or non-renewable energy source) and allow appliances to turn on whenever green electricity is available.
  2. Know Your Customer (KYC) wallets stored on Ethereum blockchain with smart contracts along advanced account authentication.
  3. Cloud-based quantum computing algorithms for developing energy infrastructure and ML energy optimisation.
  4. Multifunctional stimuli-responsive fabrics and e-textiles integrated with sensor arrays, conductive yarns and polymers for IoT electronics.
  5. Li-Fi wireless network for data communication using light to transmit data, offers high-speed, reliable, interference-free and secure connectivity.

What is the future of connectivity?

The future of connectivity is an umbrella term for a range of interrelated sectors which include global telecoms services, cloud storage and smart homes, among others.

Connecting devices can increase functionality and personalisation. Smart homes, which are a network of home devices and appliances, can connect to smartwatches, for example, allowing the automatic adjustment of temperature or lights, depending on where the wearer is located. One of the best known examples of this enabling technology and increasing connectedness is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT allows computing devices to be interconnected via the internet, enabling them to send and receive data.

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What innovations are driving the future of connectivity?

Improved processing power, reduced costs of home electronics, better internet connectivity and cheaper and more ubiquitous miniaturised sensors, are all enabling technological developments in the connectivity sector. Companies are increasingly seeing opportunities to improve existing offerings, enter new markets and launch new products and services.


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How will 5G affect the future of connectivity?

Widespread 5G rollout combined with edge and cloud computing will revolutionise the mobility sector in particular. For example, 5G towers will handle complex data analysis of computer vision for autonomous cars, while the remaining non-time critical calculations are performed in the cloud. In this way, 5G will remove the need for large computing power in autonomous vehicles.

What are related opportunities in the future of connectivity?

One of the biggest growth areas in the future of connectivity in percentage terms is the neuromorphic computing sector. Neuromorphic computing is inspired by the workings of the human brain and compared with first-generation artificial intelligence (AI), neuromorphic computing allows for more autonomous AI learning and decision-making.  Rather than simply looking for patterns, neuromorphic computing systems will be able to apply common sense and context to what they are reading.  Interest in this area has fueled investment in non-binary data storage. HP is developing a solid-state memory resistor (memristor) device, a non-binary, neuromorphic and non-volatile data storage system, which could retain memory without power, for example.