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Report: Half a billion wearables to be in use by 2019

Cisco projects an 18-fold jump in mobile traffic from wearable devices by 2019. 

While wearables are still undergoing a shift from niche to mainstream, Cisco predicts the rapidly-growing popularity of the devices will surge over the next few years. According to the company’s Visual Networking Index report, there will be more than half a billion wearable devices in use every day come 2019. Evident by the sheer volume of manufacturers both big and small seen throughout CES 2015, paired with the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch and the rising use in Android Wear devices, it seems inevitable that the world will soon enter a state of ubiquity when it comes to body-adorned technology.


In fact, Cisco forecasts that 578 million wearable devices will be in use around the over the next four years, up from just 109 million last year. That’s a fivefold increase, but more enormously, the flooding of units will result in 18 times the amount of mobile data traffic. However, a majority of that information will filter through users’ smartphones. Global traffic from wearable devices will account for 1.1% of total mobile data traffic by 2019, compared to 0.6% at the end of last year.

Of course, Cisco’s number doesn’t just refer to smartwatches, it encompasses items like wearable cameras and scanners, smart glasses, heads-up displays, health monitors, fitness trackers, electronic clothing, and so forth. Still, considering that wearable technology is a relatively new genre, the notion that 578 million of them will be strapped onto people’s bodies in just four years time is rather impressive. Regionally, North America will have the largest regional share of wearables, with 33% share by 2019, while Asia Pacific will come in just below at 32%.

“The phenomenal growth in smarter end-user devices and M2M connections is a clear indicator of the growth of IoE, which is bringing together people, processes, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable,” Cisco explains. “Both M2M and wearable devices are making computing and connectivity very pervasive in our day-to-day lives.”


In addition to the huge wearable increase, Cisco expects to see smartphone ownership continue to rise to 5.2 billion by 2019 — that’s nearly a billion more smartphone users than today. Naturally, as more people use the Internet on smartphones and wearables, data usage is also expected to rise dramatically. People used around just 30 exabytes of data in 2014, but that’s set to jump exponentially to 292 exabytes before 2020 arrives.

“Consider the impact that an 18-fold traffic growth could have on network architecture as myriad fitness trackers, smart watches, smart glasses, sports accessories and healthcare devices connect,” writes Rob Lloyd, Cisco President of Development and Sales. “Mind boggling? Maybe, but these consumer devices are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this explosion of connectivity. We expect the total number of connected things to reach 50 billion by 2020 – almost six times the forecast number of connected mobile and wearable devices combined.”

Indeed, almost half a billion (497 million) mobile devices and connections were added in 2014 alone, while global mobile devices and connections last year grew to 7.4 billion, up from 6.9 billion in 2013. Smartphones accounted for 88 percent of that growth, with 439 million net additions in 2014. In 2014, on an average, a smart device generated 22 times more traffic than a non-smart device.


“But note one thing: this isn’t just about the Internet coping with a large volume of new connections. Networks need to get smarter so that they are capable of creating dynamic connections, delivering the right service to the right person or device, and identifying – from among the trillions of packets of digitized information flowing across them – the precise pieces of data which can keep a product delivery on time, win a customer or keep citizens safe,” Lloyd adds. “The network is the platform on which everything digital will connect.”

By the end of 2014, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and come 2019, there will be nearly 1.5 mobile devices per capita. Overall, there will be 11.5 billion mobile connections by this time. Of those, 8.3 billion will come from personal mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. The remaining 3.2 billion connections will stem from M2M communications, which Cisco places smartwatches, wireless wearable cameras and fitness trackers in this category.

By 2019, Cisco predicts that more than 69% of the world’s population will use mobile devices.That’s around 5.2 billion people out of a forecasted population of 7.6 billion. As you can imagine, the increase in mobile users will lead to an uptick in global wireless data traffic, which Cisco anticipates a tenfold increase over the next four years. Last year global wireless data traffic tallied 30 exabytes. That figure should reach 292 exabytes by 2019, Cisco stated.


More than half of all traffic from mobile-connected devices will be offloaded from to a fixed network by means of Wi-Fi devices and small-cell networks each month by 2019, the company believes.

“Much mobile data activity takes place within users’ homes. For users with fixed broadband and Wi-Fi access points at home, or for users served by operator-owned femtocells and picocells, a sizable proportion of traffic generated by mobile and portable devices is offloaded from the mobile network onto the fixed network… Our mobile offload projections include traffic from both public hotspots as well as residential Wi-Fi networks.”

Want to read more? You can access the entire study here. The evolution of IoT, including wearables and mobile devices, is now at a point that it will require a comprehensively redesigned approach to security threats in order to ensure its continuous growth and expansion. With the amount of data on the rise how can we be sure to secure the Internet of Streams?

Internet of Things will generate 400 zettabytes of data by 2018

The Internet of Things will generate an astonishing 400 zettabytes (ZB) of data per year by 2018, according to a new report from Cisco. To put things into perspective, a zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes.


The company’s annual Global Cloud Index study reveals that data from connected devices will reach 403ZB each year by 2018, up from 113.4ZB in 2013. In particular, Cisco cites a number of real-world business examples that will drive this rise in data, including a Beoing 787 aircraft which generates 40TB per hour of flight or an automated manufacturing facility that produces approximately 1 TB per hour (of which 5 GB is transmitted to a data center).

As the report highlights, cloud-based services are essential for most Internet of Everything (IoE) applications, which increases the ability for people, data, and things to communicate with one another over the Internet. Despite this huge growth in data from IoE devices, only a small amount will actually be sent to data centers for storage and subsequent analysis.


Moreover, the company notes that data created by connected devices worldwide will be 277 times higher than the amount of data being transmitted to data centers from end-user devices, while 47 times higher than total data center traffic by 2018.

Another key component of the Internet of Everything and cloud services adoption will be the growth of IPv6 capability among users, devices, network connectivity, and content enablement. Globally, 24% of Internet users will be IPv6-capable by 2018, while nearly half of all fixed and mobile devices will be IPv6-enabled.


According to Google, the percentage of IPv6 global users on in late September 2014 was 4.54%, up from 1.82% the same time last year — an increase of nearly 150% in the last year alone.

Explore the latest predictions by reading the Global Cloud Index in its entirety here.

Is IoT the next industrial revolution?

Writing for the San Jose Mercury News, Steve Johnson notes that billions of ordinary items — ranging from factory equipment to prescription-drug bottles — are being fitted with microcontrollers and linked to the Internet.

“By outfitting the globe with billions of connected gadgets, experts foresee a world in which more elderly people survive once-life-threatening accidents, since doctors and emergency responders will be alerted the moment their patients fall,” Johnson explains. 

“[In addition], fewer planes will crash, because every part on every aircraft will be electronically monitored so they can be quickly replaced at the slightest sign of failure. Wines will [also] get better since vineyard operators will know precisely when their grapes have the perfect sugar concentrations for picking.”

Microchips implanted in dairy cows could help production, a potential innovation that would be part of the IoT. (Tony C. French/Digital Vision via Getty Images)

According to Cisco, at least 10 billion devices (many of them phones) are already linked to the Internet. These include smart cars, “intelligent” pill-bottle caps and advanced connected thermostats. 

In addition, says Johnson, cows in England are being connected to the Internet to track their grazing habits, while thousands of smart trash cans allow waste-management officials to remotely check how full each container is in real-time.

Unsurprisingly, a recent General Electric (GE) study recently concluded that the Internet of Things could add as much as $15 trillion to global GDP over the next 20 years. 

Describing the trend as “much like the Industrial Revolution” of the 18th and 19th centuries, GE confirms the world is at “the cusp of another wave of innovation that promises to change the way we do business and interact with the world of industrial machines.”

Every facet of society, says Johnson, is expected to be transformed by the Internet of Things.

“[This includes] our ability to better protect the environment, boost farm production and get early warnings of structural weaknesses in bridges and dams to enabling people to remotely control their lights, sprinkler systems, washing machines and scores of other gadgets at home,” he added.