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Beyond the IoT Hype

There will be 8.4 billion connected ‘things’ in use in 2017. This number is up 31% from 2016, with Gartner further estimating that by 2020, there will be more 20 billion devices connected through the Internet of Things (IoT). But is it all just hype? Will connected ‘things’ really change the world?

Powering network connectivity for retailers

Walk into a retail outlet today and there is a tremendous amount of technology that exists whether it’s electronic tags, traffic counters, point of sale (POS) systems, security cameras or initiatives for transforming the in-store journey like kiosks, beacons, tablets or even virtual reality experiences. The networking for all these initiatives is becoming increasingly complex and costly with more and more data traffic to meet the needs of the fast-moving retail environment. Powering Wi-Fi and store applications, powering the day-to-day operational demands, powering unified commerce, powering the customer experience and demands for more digital services has made connectivity a primary challenge facing retailers.

The technology behind Amazon Go: retail IT taken to the next level

Amazon Go was due to open to the public by the end of this month, after launching in beta mode to employees in December. Reports suggest that the technology generally functions flawlessly if there are fewer than 20 customers present, or when their movements are slow. However, due to slight kinks in the technology used to automatically charge customers as they leave, and the difficulty of keeping tabs on an item if it has been removed from its specific spot on the shelf, it is now unclear when the store will open.