As we move toward the end of another year, what new or emerging technologies and trends can we look forward to seeing in 2016? Here are just a few to watch:
Android Mobile Operating System – There is a good deal of speculation as to whether Microsoft will really be ending support of Win Mobile. Current dates for end of support range from 2017 to 2020. In any case, it’s clear the Microsoft wants its user base to move to the Windows 10 model. That leaves companies with barcode mobile scanners using Win Mobile wondering what to do. Application developers also need to begin planning their future platform. Android looks like the overwhelming choice. Its security features are good and there are more and more development tools available.
RFID – Will RFID finally become main stream? That remains to be seen. There are still no global standards, the RFID labels & tags are still expensive compared to barcode labeling, and there are still few software providers that have the middleware to manage RFID data input. While costs are coming down, education for end users has been lacking. RFID doesn’t work everywhere (water, metal interfere with the signals) and the general concept of “scan the room and know everything in it” is far from a reality. However, there are new and creative RFID technologies emerging. One such new technology is the V-Chip “mesh” network, whose concept is to bounce active RFID signals from chip to chip in a “mesh” pattern to locate larger expensive assets.
SaaS – This technology has taken off for some applications. When the workers are mobile (salespeople, construction workers) it makes sense to host their applications in the cloud where they can access their data from anywhere. However, not everyone wants to pay for the software forever. It remains to be seen if SaaS continues to grow as companies realize they’ve paid over and over for the same software. As remote computing becomes more sophisticated, we may see the growth rate for SaaS slow down.
There are just three of many new technology trends that we will see in 2016 as our world becomes more sophisticated and connected.