#MobileMonday: Digital disruption, self-charging smartphones and AT&T’s new network

By Joe Hewitson

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Could digital disruption change the face of your organization? Your peers seem to think so. Read all about it in this week’s #MobileMonday, along with solar power breakthroughs and AT&T’s new project.

New public safety wireless network likely to use LTE, analyst says

AT&T recently announced the construction of a brand-new mobile network in the US. Before you get too excited about the prospect of better wireless reception and higher mobile speeds, know that you’ll need a very specific occupation to use it. The network, which is assumed to use LTE, will function exclusively to set up critical communications for first responders and public safety professionals.

Expected to be up and running sometime in 2018, the project must first figure out exactly where to find its share of LTE. As it turns out, current operators of the LTE spectrum may not be so keen on releasing their grip on the service that serves the insatiable business and consumer markets. As admirable as AT&T’s project is, it might just need to use a non-LTE options such as TETRA to get off the ground.

Plant-based technology could lead to self-powered smartphones

Is there a worse fate than finding yourself on the go with a desperately low smartphone battery and nary a plug in sight? Fortunately for humanity, this situation may soon be a relic of the past. Researchers in Australia have discovered a plant-based storage method with a 3,000 percent increase in electrode storage capacity.

What does this mean for your smartphone battery? Well, nothing immediate, unfortunately. However, the technology holds promise for a future in which energy storage could be used to power all the devices in your home for days on end. With this kind of tech, phones might even end up powering themselves.

Manufacturing industry among most affected by digital disruption

Getting used to digital disruption? If not, better start acclimating now. A new report by ITProPortal reveals just how far-reaching this disruption has become. With 1,200 leaders taking part, the survey shows that an overwhelming 90 percent have already seen disruption firsthand, while 95 percent see it becoming more commonplace in the future.

Perhaps even more eye-opening is the fact that 50 percent of survey respondents think digital disruption will bring an end to their organization in its current form — in a good way, though. These same leaders have seen disruption help drive innovation, increase competition and change things for the better. What remains to be seen is exactly what the future holds as this disruption runs its full course.

Be sure to check back next week for more #MobileMonday news!

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Joe Hewitson

IT Developer, Total Benchmark Solution

With a degree in Applied Computing Technology and over a decade of service in the IT and Software Development industries, Joe Hewitson has acquired a keen ability to write about emerging technologies and the impact they have on a wide range of industries. Accompanying his love for…

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