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10 mobile technologies to watch in 2010

From touchscreens to app stores

There's no doubt mobile technologies have already made a big dent on our lives. However, research firm Gartner believes the impact of mobile technologies on our lives will continue to surge over the next couple of years. We look at ten mobile technologies to watch in 2010.

M2M

Many network service providers increased their commitment to machine to machine technology (M2M) or remote monitoring of devices in 2009, which according to Gartner means a range of M2M service options will be available in the coming years.

Gartner says key applications that will use M2M technology include meter reading, security/surveillance and track and trace functions.

Device-independent security

This isn't strictly a single technology, but refers to a collection of security technologies that enable the use of apps, which are not tied to specific devices and platforms, and, in many cases, do not require security tools to be installed on the client.

Gartner says this includes thin-client architectures, applications as a service, platform-independent forms of network access control (NAC), portable personality, virtualisation, and hosted security services, such as ‘in the cloud' virus scanning.

"Device-independent tools cannot provide the rigour of fully installed security, but a blend of several of these tools can enable CIOs to deliver applications that can run on a wider range of devices while reducing security risks.," Gartner says.

  1. From touchscreens to app stores
  2. Platform-independent mobile AD tools
  3. M2M and device-independent security

See also: Is augmented reality the next big thing in smartphones?


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