Another week in real time communications has come and gone. There's a lot to run down this week, so let's boil down the raw news and figure out the biggest parts of the week with our Week in Review coverage!
First a report from Navigant Research tried to get a better handle on the residential Internet of Things (IoT) market. The report found that this was a huge market overall with some serious difficulties attached to pinning down its size. With tools from smart thermostats to centralized management systems as part of the report, Navigant likened the market to a massive jigsaw puzzle without edge pieces and a rapidly-increasing number of middle pieces.
Next came word of GENBAND's KANDY system, as its director of product management Santhana Krishnasamy offered up comment about its growing development. The platform now counts 15 million total users to its credit and over 50 ecosystem partners, but won't be stopping there. KANDY is constantly getting in fresh new capabilities, from group messaging to screensharing, and several more are in the works like videoconferencing and contact center tools.
A look at technology markets around the world came in next, as the global nature of tech meant different things in different places. Some fields remained constant, however, as energy expansion efforts were front-and-center. With even Pakistan predicting energy demand in the 54 gigawatt range by 2020, energy development was clearly on the table. That wasn't the only development, as future developments look to include an increasingly personalized Internet as well as an outcome-based economy where future sales are heavily driven by analytics.
Then, Xorcom stepped in as part of a growing number of firms out to make communications in the office easier. Xorcom offers a complete line of telephony systems that not only support public switched telephone network (PSTN) operations but also voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) options, meaning users get the widest possible number of use cases. Xorcom is just one among many here, and communications in the office will never be a dirty word thanks to that kind of traffic.
Finally, we had a look at the combination of smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT), a combination that presented almost equal proportions of challenges and opportunities. Cities are increasingly adopting such tools as a way to provide better services for residents with less expense, but several concerns are rising. The need for improved security is perhaps highest on the list, and complexity in the market thanks to an increasing number of competitors and platforms improves the chances of suboptimal purchasing.
That was the week that was in real time communications, and our global online community was right in the heart of the action, bringing back the best in news for us to consider. So be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest on this growing market, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!