Oct 29, 2020

Report: 60m connected cows by 2026 and other trends

Paddy Smith
3 min
connected cows
ABI Research reveals the staggering numbers in technology forecasting for the next half decade...

There will be 60 million cows connected to the internet by 2026, according to a new white paper that also predicts the number of 5G smartphones will exceed a billion by that time  and that the augmented and virtual reality industries will be worth $18 billion.

ABI Research’s report – The 36 Transformative Technology Stats You Need to Know for 2021 – has picked through millions of data points to assess what the near future of technology will look like.

Highlights of the report’s predictions include:

5G devices, smartphones and wearable devices

By 2025 there will be 1.15 billion 5G smartphone sales, accounting for nearly three-quarters of phone devices. It will be the “most accelerated mobile technology generation ever launched”. ABI research director David McQueen said, “5G smartphone sales will increase more aggressively compared to 4G and, in comparison to growth at launch, 5G will outperform its predecessor on nearly every metric, including the number of mobile devices, subscribers, and networks.”

Augmented reality and virtual reality

The industry subset is expected to grow from $732 million in 2020 to $18 billion in 2025, a multiple of 26 times. Research director Eric Abbruzzese said, “While enterprise value drove growth early in the augmented reality market story, both number of users and perceived value in the consumer space growing will build out a significant AR market.”

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies

ICTs will reach a potential market value of US$7.5 billion by 2025. Research director Michela Menting said, "Dampened interest and increased risk-aversion have contracted revenue-generating opportunities, with revenues down 35% YoY between 2018 and 2019, and the trend continuing throughout 2020. As a result, the market is not expected to climb back up to 2018 levels before 2022-2023.”

Industrial, collaborative and commercial robotics

Through improvements in sensors, algorithms, and processing, Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are becoming increasingly popular. Senior analyst Rian Whitton said they will be "so popular that by 2025 AMRs will exceed Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in global revenue – $35,266 million versus $30,452 million”.

Industrial and manufacturing

The number of connections is forecast to grow from 1.4 million in 2019 to 20.9 million in 2025 (at a CAGR of 57 per cent). Principal analyst Michael Larner said, "The rapid growth in connections reveals that solutions based on AR are fast becoming a mainstream technology on the factory floor.”

M2M, IoT and IoE

By 2026, the number of connected cows will reach 60 million globally, meaning cattle ranchers will be able to have greater visibility into cattle activity and health. Research analyst Harriet Sumnall said, "The year 2020 has been a turning point for several verticals, but with the year that saw most of the world in a lockdown due to the pandemic, the agricultural market has seen huge pressure to produce more food. Ag-tech enables farmers and ranchers to be able to remotely monitor their livestock, as well as other types of crops."

Stuart Carlaw, chief research officer at ABI Research, said, "We have selected, from among the many millions of data points ABI Research creates each year, to focus on some enlightening data points that matter in the year ahead. Aspects like Tiny Machine Learning (TinyML), private cellular networks, Open Radio Access Network (RAN), blockchain, smart manufacturing platforms, and even connected cows point to how technology advancements are allowing our physical world to be better connected, managed, and efficient.”

He added, “"We are at the very beginnings of a massive technological evolution and the forecasts presented in this paper are but a series of tea leaves at the bottom of the fortune teller's cup. They are easy to dismiss but are very important directional indicators of the technology-enabled world of the future."

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Jun 16, 2021

Pure Storage: supporting the digital transformation journey

British Army
Pure Storage
2 min
Driving competitive advantage by enabling data to deliver positive business outcomes.

Pure Storage helps clients drive their competitive advantage by enabling data to deliver positive business outcomes such as evidence-based decision making using real-time analytics. “Working with the British Army, as part of an ecosystem of best in class solutions suppliers, Pure is providing private cloud services on-premise but also has offerings via AWS and Azure, and at container level,” explains Colin Atkinson Pure’s UK Public Sector Account Director.


“Pure Storage is supporting the digitalisation of the army as part of Programme THEIA,” reveals Colonel Mark Cornell, Assistant Head of Army Digital Services. “THEIA is how we change our ways of working to adopt more efficient digital processes. Technology is actually the easy piece of the puzzle; the challenge is cultural and behavioral change”. The army is a conservative organisation by nature, so how do we get its people - civilian, military, and contractors - to adopt the appropriate ways of working we want to deploy? 

“We move away from labour intensive processes, and move further up the value chain to get the human adding value where they should be in the decision-making process.”

Data Revolution

We’re in the midst of a data revolution highlights Atkinson. “We’re seeing an exponential growth in data analytics, which can create huge headaches for large organisations, or it can create massive opportunities. Data will be the oil that fuels this revolution….”

It’s a revolution that’s been gathering pace; each year, since 2016, 90% of the world’s data has been created in the previous two years. Atkinson also points out that 99.5% of historical data goes largely unanalyzed: “The corollary for large organisations is that if you don’t have a data strategy, you could end up with very large, very cold data silos and miss the opportunity to create that competitive advantage. By partnering with Pure we can help clients develop a data-enabling strategy.”.”


“We’re going to see a far greater use of data analytics in the British Army and across organisations in general,” forecasts Cornell. “We’re aiming for level three and level four predictive and prescriptive analytics approaches that start using Machine Learning and AI to give us deeper insights from our data. And as we move forward with Programme THEIA we see ourselves migrating our workloads and data into the cloud, making the use of the elasticity of hyperscale clouds. But also, protecting our data in the appropriate way if we wish to keep it on-prem and use it, and secure it in that way. We’re part of that cloud revolution that's going on through defense, but also across the wider public sector.”

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