Lim Boon Cheong, Director, Business Development–Asia Pacific, Government & Public Safety and Enterprise Mobility Solutions, Motorola Electronics, shared his forecasts for 2011 with Computerworld Singapore recently.
What do you see as the key ICT industry trends to watch out for in 2011?
Lim: In the new year, we will continue to see the shift towards enterprise workforce mobility where the information can be accessed seamlessly at the fingertips of the users/workforce in the field. The shift towards true enterprise mobility is fairly consistent with the emergence of cloud computing / services and the introduction of more powerful, highly-capable, and feature-rich enterprise class mobile computing devices such as those introduced by Motorola i.e. ES400, MC55, MC65, et cetera.
In particular, at Motorola Solutions, we have observed this trend happening at the enterprise level such as healthcare; for instance, nurses and clinicians utilising MC55 with scanning capability to administer medication and monitor patient vital signs.
We also see the need for higher bandwidth at the infrastructure level. This is due mainly to the acceleration in the adoption of mobile data and multimedia services by the end user. At the enterprise level, we will see the shift of standard towards 802.11n. Motorola Solutions has been in the forefront of adopting and implementing solution based on 802.11n with our WiNG5.0 inline with this development.
Enterprises such as hospitals and retail malls are increasingly looking at various value-add services to differentiate themselves from the competition. Some of these services, for example Internet access, Internet communications, entertainment and so forth allow enterprises to offer additional value to the normal service they are providing.
At the macro level, we will see the increase in the demand for perimeter and city video surveillance network to protect critical infrastructures such as power plants, water resources, bridges, buildings, et cetera.
Furthermore, there is also need to share real-time information with the crews or patrollers in the field through real-time images or video clips. The demand would entail deployment of video surveillance network that comprise various technologies such as mission critical core network such as TETRA and TEDS, broadband networks, etc. that would serve to deter the ever sophisticated strike against national infrastructure by the terrorist network.
Anticipating these developing trends, we at Motorola Solutions have geared our Next Generation Public Safety solution to align with market developments and we are well positioned to address the ever increasing demand from our customers.
What advice would you give to Asia enterprises today?
The IT environment is getting ever complex and sophisticated over time especially with the emergence of mobile workforce and the emergence of multi-technology based connectivity solution.
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