Day 1 @ Mobile World Congress – Connected everything
This week I’m in beautiful Barcelona for GSMA’s Mobile World Congress 2015. The conference gathers the mobile industry’s brightest visionaries and innovators to explore the upcoming trends that will shape the industry in the future.
So here’s a short round up of what I saw at the conference during day 1:
Connected cars, everywhere
I was very surprised to see all the cars parked within the conference halls. Cars are getting smarter, it’s a trend that’s been going on for a while, but they are about to get a lot smarter.
Visa, Accenture and Pizza Hut announced a new proof-of-concept connected car program that will enable drivers to order and pay for pizza using car dashboard software (read more here).
Ford is pushing its ‘Smart Mobility Plan’ forward by unveiling two prototype foldable electric bicycles and a new app that enables electric vehicle drivers to remotely connect their smartphone with the car to manage the status of their car, check the range, and even plan journeys to include charging stops (read more here).
Volvo has also unveiled its new XC90 models that uses ‘cloud-based technology to enhance safety and environment by communicating road friction information between cars and also between cars and city infrastructures’ (read more here).
Everyone wants a slice of the connected pie.
Internet of Things (IoT) keeps your entire life connected
Not just cars, but every device in your life, even your entire home will be connected. Or so innovators here would like it to be. It’s about how new technology can add value to every single aspect of human life – Want your phone to monitor your dental hygiene? There’s a connected toothbrush for that! However, while that’s all very inspiring, the big elephant in the room about IoTs is on how to reinforce security and data privacy in a connected life (read more here).
Samsung Pay is now a confirmed thing
We’ve heard the rumour, we’ve heard the debate around it, but now it’s a sure thing. Stay tuned for a more in depth post regarding this.
That’s all from me for now, and there will be more after day 2. Check back tomorrow for my round up for day 2 at Mobile World Congress 2015.
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