In his Slideshare presentation, “Mobile Computing: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report,” HorizonWatching Community Leader Bill Chamberlin described a series of new trends that he predicts will come to mobile computing. Some of his predictions are the natural progression of mobile computing; as the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers increases in the consumer, business and government markets, networks will need to become faster and stronger to handle the increasing demands of big data.
Chamberlin also predicts that the use of customized analytical and visualization apps will become more widespread and video streaming to mobile devices will enjoy greater popularity. Video streaming through mobile devices could prove particularly useful in a wide number of enterprise and government markets.
For telehealth, video streaming could provide health experts with supplementary visual images in real time as these experts analyze medical data from remote locations, enabling them to make more precise decisions about a community’s health. Live or prerecorded videos could also be utilized for more effective environmental monitoring, educational training or the analysis of the effects of natural or man-made disasters on structures and landscapes.
But with the expansion of BYOD technology in work environments and a more mobile workforce, big data will become more vulnerable to being compromised as it’s in transmission from one location to another or in storage within the memory of a smartphone or tablet computer. More advanced authentication solutions will be vital for accessing networks and protecting mobile devices from security breaches. In turn, developing these solutions will require increased collaboration and creativity within businesses and government agencies to guard against corrupted data and the influx of ever-evolving viral threats.
The IDC (International Data Corporation) foresees that cloud and mobile security will be at least a $6 billion dollar market by 2015. At the same time, security measures adopted for mobile devices and cloud networks must remain user-friendly in order to prevent them from impeding employee productivity.
User privacy of mobile devices will become an equal priority for both corporations and government agencies. IDC observes that the number of mobile or telecommuting workers will reach at least 1.3 billion by 2015, and many of these workers may use their own smartphones or tablet computers to do their work. Corporations and governments will need to balance the need to protect critical data against the necessity of protecting users’ privacy and avoiding potentially damaging litigation.
As the capabilities of mobile computing devices continue to expand, they will require more flexibility and imagination from IT companies. However, we are confident of meeting and even surpassing mobile computing’s technological challenges.