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THEME: LOCAL VIBES, MOBILE LIVES Managing the World of Connected Everything By: Kyle Williams Director of Network Product Strategy & Development, TNS I f the 2002 movie, Minority Report, taught us anything about the state of our society in the future, it's clear that our lives will be highly dependent on gadgets, machines, and computers. Everything we do and everywhere we go will involve some sort of technology and likely a connected device. Now almost 15 years later, some of the predictions about the future don't seem all that far off. We live in an increasingly technology-dependent society consisting of handheld connected computers, automated sensors, facial recognition, gesturebased controls, predictive analytics, and personalized targeted advertising. Except for the whole "using psychics to stop crime before it happens" thing, one would contend that our current technologies and solutions in 2016 look quite a bit more like the 2054 world depicted in the movie Minority Report than the actual 2054 will when it arrives in 38 more years. Based on this cinema-centric logic, we can safely assume that the future is now. So what does this unimpressive revelation mean to the mobile operator? One could argue that the recent rise in the Internet of Things, or IoT, is a key catalyst in our rapidly advancing technology-dependent state. Although IoT's predecessor, machine-to-machine communication or M2M, has been around for quite some time, the onset of global wireless connectivity along with cheaper hardware and increased demand for the re-branded IoT solutions, has reignited the "connect everything" crusade. Enterprises make use of a wide array of sensors and connected devices across multiple industry verticals in order to improve, streamline, and drive efficiencies into their line of business. Examples include video surveillance for security purposes, inventory management for vending machines, monitoring utility meters, industrial equipment or storage tanks, and automation of an endless number of mundane tasks. Crowdfunding has enabled startups and small businesses to innovate and launch products never before thought possible because they were cost-prohibitive or simply did not exist. Individuals use connected devices to do everything from monitoring their home security, lowering their auto insurance premium, managing their finances, reading the latest e-book, paying tolls or fares, and video chatting with loved ones while on the road. With the vast landscape of sensors, computers and mobile devices being utilized on today's wireless networks in a bring-your-own device manner (BYOD), a mobile device management (MDM) platform is essential for any operator looking to provide traditional M2M or innovative new IoT solutions to their customers. MDM platforms allow for the simplification and ease of management in getting new connected devices latched onto THE an existing network while generating immediate revenue for the service provider. This includes provisioning, activating, testing, network/resource management, reporting and ultimately billing for the connectivity and other related services. These capabilities will allow an operator to expand their current direct to consumer offerings (B2C) as well as enabling other enterprises or small businesses to provide new products to their customers (B2B or B2B2C). Another key challenge for operators is to ensure that the inherently mobile devices are able to seamlessly connect and function as if they were in their home network while they are roaming into foreign networks of all types. This includes accessing a variety of network access technologies including cellular and IP-networks like Wi-Fi. An IoT and M2M management platform, coupled with a robust roaming solution like the CCA Data Services Hub, helps address this interoperability challenge for service providers and allows connected devices to traverse or transfer between multiple inter-standard networks. Before long, these types of IoT services and solutions will be expected by customers and they will approach commoditization levels. These same end customers will seek out a provider who can meet their business' needs in the most complete and seamless manner possible. Don't be left in the dust as mankind aims to connect every last thing. Although we've still got some time to live up to the arguably utopian world depicted in Minority Report, the foundation already seems to be established and the technology capabilities are advancing at a much more rapid pace. Eliminating all crime is a tall order, but self-driving cars, flexible displays, drones and mass surveillance sure don't seem all that farfetched anymore, do they? VOICE * * Spring/Summer 2016 31

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2016

Board of Directors/Staff
Chairman’s Letter by Slayton Stewart
A Message from the President & CEO by Steven K. Berry
CCA’s 2015 Annual Achievement Award Winners
Bringing IoT Home
Creating the Foundation for Highly Successful IoT Programs
Meeting the Needs of Mobile Customers in the Era of the Cloud
Cows, Cars, and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Policy Breakthroughs Bring Mobility Closer to You
Unlock Handsets: Unlock Competition
IoT: The 3 Most Promising Letters in Business Today?
Let Your Digital Marketing Strategy Deliver Results
Managing the World of Connected Everything
Rugged Phones & The Connected Consumer
When Size Doesn’t Matter
Network Wellness: A Lesson in Becoming Proactive
The Service Orchestration Imperative for 5G Enterprise Cord Cutting
The Future Device: eUICC/eSIM Lifecycle Management
The IoT Effect on Wireless Networks
3 Ways Smartphones Can Increase Productivity
Unlimited Amounts of Data – For Everyone?
Mitigating Signaling and Security Burdens of IoT
2016: A Very Important Year for Mobile Carriers
Company Profiles
Index of Advertisers
Congressional Spotlight: Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2016