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Is Your Car Tweeting? -- What's Next for Connected Devices

Armando Rodriguez | Oct. 18, 2011
Imagine having your car text you when it needs a tune-up, or having your electricity meter warn you when your electricity bill is likely to exceed your budget. Ten years ago, this sounded like science fiction, but thanks to recent efforts by the mobile industry organization GSMA and vendors AT&T and Qualcomm, this sort of technology is closer than ever.

The other upside is that devices would be able to work on whichever carrier you wanted. If you saw a phone you really liked, you could buy it without having to worry about it being compatible with your service provider. By creating one device that works everywhere, the GSMA believes that smart devices would drop to more affordable prices.

Qualcomm hopes to use affordable smart devices (like e-readers and wireless monitors), to help institutions like hospitals and schools gain access to cutting-edge technology at a very low cost. Doctors would have better tools for monitoring their patients, and children in developing countries would have access to the same level of information that is available in the western world.

While it can be a little scary to think that all your electronic equipment could someday be connected to the Internet, there's plenty of upside to such a world. We would have better control over our resources thanks to smarter power grids and the lines of communications would dissolve even further. This isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight, but it is something that we might see in the next ten years. The world is becoming increasingly more mobile, and the GSMA wants to bring everyone along for the ride.


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