Mobile communications are by no means new when we think in terms of walkie-talkies or car telephones, but the hand held digital voice and data mobile communications that are now becoming ubiquitous– and are always on – have changed our lives, from a business and personal perspective, said Derick Roberts CEO of wireless specialist, TruTeq Devices.
“It has been during the past five years that mobile devices have really taken off. Ten years ago Twitter was unheard of, Wi-Fi was virtually non-existent, and mobile phone usage was at around 25% of its current usage.
“Nowadays, however, mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops use many divergent technologies, like 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi – and they have empowered end users like could almost never be imagined.
“The growth has been nothing short of stunning and advancements in network and device technologies, coupled with the proliferation of sophisticated applications, continue to drive the massive growth of data – data that is becoming harder and harder to manage.”
Recent research from Frost & Sullivan divulges that never before has mobile innovation offered so much to so many in such a short time.
But the research shows, as with all technological advancement, new challenges always – or almost always – emerge.
“There is going to be a massive growth in the proliferation and consumption of data, which presents problems in itself. Other risks, according to Frost & Sullivan, include not only rapidly increasing usage, but increased loss and theft of data – and the malfunction of mobile devices,” said Roberts.
The research asserts that the staggering proliferation of smartphone usage inherently increases the likelihood of loss, theft, or damage occurring to mobile devices. For example, consumers are now actively using their devices in literally every location imaginable – in the house, at parks, schools, bathrooms, sports arenas – which leads to more opportunities for device ‘incidents’.
Moreover, larger display sizes make smartphones particularly prone to screen damage. Finally, Frost & Sullivan’s research indicates that theft of mobile devices make up more than 30 percent of all reported robberies in major American cities. This trend is only increasing as smartphones become more sophisticated and expensive.