The 2013 International CES, one of the biggest wireless shows in the industry, is in full swing. I'm here among more than 150,000 attendees that are swarming an area larger than 37 football fields; I logged 8 miles on my pedometer the first day. Over the last four decades, many of the biggest innovations in electronics debuted at CES, including:
- video cassette recorder
- compact disc player
- plasma TV
- Blu-ray Disc
Consumer or Enterprise?
CES clearly has its roots in consumer electronics: the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) produces CES, and although technically the trade show's name is just "International CES," most people think it's called the "Consumer Electronics Show." But despite the assumed consumer emphasis, there's no doubt that the enterprise footprint at CES is enormous now. Cradlepoint is clearly in the middle of the enterprise trend:
We're among dozens of enterprise applications in the Verizon booth for retail businesses, healthcare, connected transportation, and other non consumer applications. Wireless technology has a huge presence this year – the large wireless companies, including carriers, are using this as a showcase for their diverse offerings of mobile products, many of which are enterprise.
Along with Verizon, AT&T also has a strong presence here. They held their development conference on Monday, and highlighted several enterprise solutions and applications that they're promoting to their enterprise customers.
Another significant indicator of the shift toward enterprise is that many of the key machine to machine analysts are here covering the show. There's an intriguing overlap here with M2M and the consumer world: perhaps the enterprise presence at CES is a signal of the movement toward a blended, connected world; toward the Internet of Things. Digital signage and kiosks may fall into the "enterprise" category, but they are starting to interact with consumer products like smartphones. The Internet of Things depends on multiple levels of technology blending together and communicating with each other. At Cradlepoint, we're excited to help make the Internet of Things possible with streamlined connectivity.
Oops! Shoulda Had Cradlepoint...
I couldn't resist sharing this moment from CES: The network was down when I was waiting in line for my morning coffee. This is a picture of the barista manually rubbing a pen over my credit card to create an imprint for the receipt:
I would not want to be in her shoes having to deal with that. This is one of the many times that a Cradlepoint failover solution would be invaluable.