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High Growth Areas in Real Time Communications Worth a Look

July 24, 2015

The evolution of technology is one of the most fascinating things to watch in the last 20 years. While some would argue that we’ve damaged our planet more in the last 50 years than in all of history, others would suggest that the advancements being made today are helping to protect the earth more than ever in the past. Regardless of where you stand in the argument, you’re likely benefitting from these advancements, especially those made in real-time communications.

One aspect that is helping to propel the advancements in real-time communications is the Internet of Things as it’s touching nearly every area of our lives. The number of connected devices is expected to hit 5 billion by the end of 2015 and 40 billion by the end of the decade. The connectivity technologies that make it possible to be in real-time, all the time, are changing the way we live, work and play.

RCR Wireless recently posted a piece by Lewis Brewster on the top five connectivity technologies we should watch this year and beyond. The list includes surf and stream; find and navigate; pay and pair; charge and go; and control and monitor. What do these phrases actually mean? Let’s take a look at their list in more detail to get a better understanding of how they impact your ability to leverage the benefits of real-time communications.

The two emerging technologies of 802.11ac in the 5 GHz band and 802.11ad in the 60 GHz band are making it possible to combine surfing and streaming capabilities. Our growing demand for streaming content and wireless connectivity means there must be robust wireless connections. Both of these options offer extended capabilities, features we have not enjoyed in the past and can withstand growth in both devices and users.


Wearable technology is driving the demand for find and navigate capabilities as they must be accurate and collect useful data. These devices rely on GPS or a GNSS receiver to calculate information, but to drive accuracy, they also need convergence to drive effective and accurate results. Therefore, the combination of GNSS, a sensor hub, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart technologies are a must.

Charge and go is all about wireless charging – a dream come true for those of us who constantly drain our devices. Wireless charging is not necessarily new, but it hasn’t been available on our everyday devices. Now, wireless power is evolving from first-generation inductive technology to second-generation resonant technology that will allow it to go mainstream and support or obsession for real-time communications.

Near-field communications technology enables two devices to pair and share data through a simple touch. Mobile payments use this approach to real-time communications and other consumer applications are getting on board. As we strive to connect more devices and simplify our use of technology, this area will gain much more attention and importance.

The ability to control and monitor is really at the heart of real-time communications when it comes to connected homes, connected devices and a new way of delivering care across a myriad of industries. While healthcare is sure to be at the forefront, the ability to control and monitor will play a key role in utilities, the virtual office environments, education and so much more.

What areas of technology do you think will have the biggest impact on our demand for real-time communications?

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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