Tata Communications shares trends in smart city, IoT, cloud

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Tata Communications has shared trends to watch out in 2016 in industry segments such as smart city, IoT and cloud.

Smart Cities

Rangu Salgame, chief executive officer, Growth Ventures and Service Provider Group, Tata Communications

With the government of India working towards creating 100 Smart Cities in the country, the concept of the smart city is currently experiencing a major revival. The key agenda of developing smart cities is to facilitate seamless connectivity and access to real time information, further managing relationship between citizens, service providers and administrators more efficiently. It is estimated that the global smart cities market will grow from $386.55 billion in 2014 to $1,386.56 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of 20.48 percent.

Connectivity is the critical element that will truly enable smart cities. It will link elements, such as smart buildings and public spaces, together, empowering all key stakeholders to meaningfully connect with each other. Smart cities will create a huge demand for greater number of connected things and smart devices across landscapes. This invariably will push the proliferation of IoT to achieve the direct integration between the real world and computer systems.

In fact, the recent wave of Smart City interest is in large part driven by the Internet of Everything, which is simultaneously creating and being enabled by advances in cloud technology, security, mobile connectivity and M2M. The challenge of connecting machine to machine is a matter of technological flexibility, accessibility in remote areas, and dependency upon one mobile network operator.  As new mobile generation devices fitted with high quality sensors and cameras emerge, their accessibility increases and their reach proliferates.

Cities have a greater opportunity to connect, collect and analyze data for logistical improvements. We see the impact in areas such as traffic tracking to reduce gridlock, as well as in aspirational changes such as increasing citizen participation.

The future looks promising for organizations that offer smarter networks to enable intelligent solutions, meeting the connectivity demands of Smart Cities. Tata Communications realizes the potential and opportunities that the Smart Cities drive has to offer, thus, we are constantly working to offer newer connectivity solutions such as our recent Low Power Wide Area Network solution for IoT applications, in line with industry needs trends. In 2016, we aim to further innovate our bundle of IoT offerings so that these cities can benefit the most from connecting people, data, process and things through adoption of our IoT solutions.


Srinivasan CR, global head, Data Centre Services and CDN Business, Tata Communications

According to Gartner’s 2015 Hype cycle for emerging technologies, the increased focus on digital marketing has resulted in the emergence of mobile, social, cloud and information. It is predicted that by 2019, global data centre traffic will reach 10.4 zettabytes per year, 83 per cent of which will come from cloud. In 2016, recognizing the increasing competition in the cloud, providers will innovate services, and offer integrated, cost-effective solutions for businesses across industries. The coming year will bring more applications to the cloud than ever before. Developers are looking at building applications specifically for the cloud, with desktop applications taking a back seat. More developers will be focusing their talents on cloud based services in the coming months which will give CIOs visibility and control across their data centre estates, ultimately increasing speed-to-market, while enabling innovation, automation of IT and access to global markets.

Acknowledging internet as an integral part of businesses, Tata Communications launched its IZO Private Cloud service recently. IZO Private Cloud manages multiple workloads and compute environments and is the latest addition to Tata Communications’ game-changing IZO cloud enablement platform. As businesses move their workloads out to the cloud, it changes the dynamics of the applications and the data flows. The orchestration ability built within IZO Private Cloud acknowledges that the transition between dedicated/private cloud/public cloud is challenging – not only for moving workloads, but also the way the data flows are managed.

Internet of Things

Eric Torres, vice president, Corporate Strategy-Special Projects, Tata Communications

Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most talked about technology trends today and is expected to have a significant impact on the technology landscape and society-at-large in the coming years. According to a survey conducted by Gartner, more than 40 percent of organizations expect Internet of Things to have a significant impact by 2018. Last year, the government of India also announced plans to create a $15 billion IoT market in the country by 2020. Hence, with the increasing adoption of the internet, IoT will continue to evolve in the coming years. However, reliable internet connectivity and overall supporting infrastructure will be a key prerequisite for this growth.

Understanding this massive need for a new smart network to enable IoT, Tata Communications successfully conducted trials of a new Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN), based on LoRa technology for connected devices and cutting edge IoT applications across Mumbai and Delhi. These trials are just the beginning; we intend to deploy this network across India. It is interesting to note that market studies show that by 2023, 40 percent internet connection will be on low power WAN and 90 percent of the IoT devices in the field will require to last for many years, even in unimaginable locations like underground and underwater.

Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) offers all of these technology benefits – promised data security irrespective of location and data storage duration. However, the growing number of connected devices also raises concerns for data security, especially around data collection, management and data mining. IoT brings forth the need for tight linkages between information security, information technology security, operational technology security and physical security. As a result, IoT and cloud will work hand-in-hand; 2016 is looking at developments for secure logins such as through face and voice recognition. Tata Communications’ LPWAN and IZO are the stepping stones to connect services and assure data security.

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