In a decade we could have 50 billion devices connected to the internet, more than double our current number. Not too long after, it could be 75 or 100 billion.
Smart, connected things is the future, but there’s a problem.
How will we connect everything at such scale?
Intel and the National Science Foundation say we’ll need help from artificial intelligence. And mesh networks. Including, potentially, even SpaceX Starlink satellites in low earth orbit.
“Traditional 4G networks that your current mobile devices rely on typically can support a region that has about 300 to 2,000 devices in their coverage area,” Thyaga Nandagopal, a deputy division director at the National Science Foundation, told me recently on the TechFirst podcast. “We are thinking about device densities [with] tens of thousands in a small region … [going] all the way up to millions of devices in a coverage area of a single cell site in a wireless network.”
That’s easily 1,000 times more dense wireless networking ecosystem.
Get the full story in my post at Forbes …