The main purpose for the trillions of aggregate uses of fingerprint readers in 2017 is likely to be for unlocking phones and tablets, typically dozens of times per day. As the ubiquity of the fingerprint reader grows, Deloitte Global expects a growing proportion of apps and websites to support the technology, primarily as an alternative to password entry.
Deloitte Global predicts that mainstream adoption of smartphone biometrics will act as a catalyst for the deployment of biometric sensors in other environments.
02. Autonomous vehicles
Safety first: the road to self-driving starts with a stop
By 2022, Deloitte Global estimates that a sixth of the US car and light truck fleet will be AEB-equipped.
Deloitte Global predicts that by 2022, annual US motor vehicle fatalities could fall by 6,000, a 16 percent decline on the likely death toll in 2017
03. 5G launch
5G: a revolution in evolution, even in 2017
Deloitte Global predicts that significant tangible steps towards the launch of 5G, the fifth generation of cellular networks, will take place in 2017.
Lower latency enables more responsive applications, but more critically makes machine control, such as of fast-moving machines, far more viable.
04. Artificial intelligence
Brains at the edge: machine learning goes mobile
Deloitte Global predicts that over 300 million smartphones, or more than a fifth of units sold in 2017, will have on-board neural network machine learning capability.
These are computer models designed to mimic aspects of the human brain’s structure and function, with elements representing neurons and their interconnections.
05. Indoor innovations
The great indoors: the final frontier for digital navigation
As of 2017, indoor location can be ascertained from two principal sources: Wi-Fi routers and cellular base stations.
Over the medium term, beacons, LED lighting, ultra-wide broadband UWB and magnetic fields could be used to complement existing data sets.
Precise indoor navigation’s potential is significant, and could be transformative. It is likely to benefit most vertical sectors, and have impacts on governments, businesses and consumers alike. However, it will be challenging to deliver and the precision of information yielded is likely to be inconsistent in the short run.
06. TV advertising remains
TV advertising in the US: flat is the new up
For certain categories of advertising, especially brand building and new product launches, traditional TV remains superior to online video.
07. IT as a service growth
IT-as-a-Service: the half trillion dollar ‘niche’
Although flexible consumption-based business models will not be ubiquitous by 2018, at over a third of all IT spending, they are expected to exceed half a trillion dollars and grow rapidly.
Furthermore, the shift from a one-time payment to a recurring payment model encourages proactive actions on the part of the vendor and partners to drive usage and adoption of the solution. Higher usage will likely lead to better outcomes and ongoing renewal. The nature of data-centric and customer engagement capabilities required by the customer are an entirely new ball game for these vendors.
Resellers, distributors and integrators could upgrade their capabilities in order to price, quote, entitle, fulfill and report usage accurately through the channel. Additionally, they will likely need to develop new services to drive customer engagement, adoption and usage in order to retain the customer in a recurring revenue model.