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IoT supply chain benefits from mobility expansion

Posted: 08 Apr 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobility? IoT? supply chain? OEM?

The concept of "mobility" has drastically transformed the supply chain and has paved the way for novel routes leading to construction of innovative ecosystems in the industry. To be more precise, the highlight of this development is the growth and prominence of mobile and mobility as opposed to the original "mobile vs. landline" framework.

What does it mean that this very widely shared and widely enjoyed market has now dominated the industry and is a superset that includes automotive and PC and is quickly adopting into it industry, automation and health? The synergistic emergence of automotive-tech partnerships and new 5G "dreams" are ushering in a real growth and shift in mobile to a new "mobility" phase that will recharge the industry and the global tech supply chain over the next few years.

1Q16 is rounding out the latest news in mobility for 2016 after having kicked off the year with International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, followed by the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, and most recently the last of the major, international tech events, Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Granted, each event alone generated significant insight and analyses regarding the electronics industry's trajectory. Perhaps the clearest and most unifying theme is embodied in a shift in terminology from mobile to mobility. Although not much more than a morpheme change, the shift signifies a refocusing that will impact the global supply chain.

5G and beyond

In its 10th year, this year's MWC is not only the largest, with just under 100,000 attendees are expected, it is also underscoring the role that 5G will play in opening the floodgates for IoT and the massive data transmission necessary to power the latest steps towards computing ubiquity and mobility. The momentum in automotive electronics and mobility are synergistic and mutually supporting; as tech advances have improved the safety and efficiency of automobiles, as well as other transportation devices (seen in trams, airplanes and other vehicles at MWC this year), the global electronics supply chain has deepened and broadened.

No longer niche markets, automotive and related "mobility" markets, have rapidly taken centre stage at leading electronics events, and hence, gained in supply chain prominence and importance. Automotive OEMs have been entered into partnerships with leading electronics OEMs and manufacturers, designating and aligning with "technology partners" announced during keynotes at both CES and MWC this year. While all fine and interesting, what is the actual importance of these "show events" for the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain? Or, is it just the massive PR machinations of automotive OEMs at work?

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