We live in exciting times with incredible advancements taking place in the digital technology industry. The past decade has seen a complete revolution in touchscreen technology, whilst our dependence on mobile phones has grown so much that more internet searches are now being conducted on smartphones than on standard desktops.

But clearly the world hasn’t yet reached its digital peak. New technologies will keep being supplied to match our hungry demand for them, particularly in the business world and legal industry.

So what is the future of connectivity?

Mobile Broadband

Many services that we rely on at the moment are accessible from apps on our phones. However, they are only as accessible as our mobile broadband service allows. Therefore many businesses will be excited to learn about the development of 5G which will be the next major chapter in mobile telecommunications. It is anticipated to arrive in the UK in 2020, although it is already being extensively tested by companies such as NTT Docomo. It is thought that 5G will be ‘100x throughput’ over 4G and that it will be able to handle a future where billions of objects are connected to the Internet. The development of 5G is not completely focussed on speed though, as it also aims to bring us new services as well as enhanced machine to machine (M2M) communication. Ideally, it will completely eradicate the need for home and small business broadband as it will provide speedy mobile access that does not require a fixed line.

Increase In Cloud Usage

The IDC recently conducted a ‘Digital Universe Study’ where they estimated that by the year 2020, 30% of all digital information will be stored in the cloud. Many Chambers are already choosing to use the cloud, but the future of connectivity will likely bring a dramatic increase in the quantity of files, phone conversations, video conferencing, email access and legal applications that are all held in the cloud. The data can then be accessed flexibly from remote locations, whether in court or at a home or transit location. The capital expenditure of your Chambers IT systems will be reduced as you increase your switch over to cloud-based technology.

Wearable Technology

Google Glass took their smart eyewear off the market in January 2015. However, at the time they also confirmed that this was not the end of Google Glass and they would continue to work on the creation of an exciting new design of wearable technology. It has been confirmed that the team behind Google’s Project Aura are developing one set of wearables that include glass and one that is audio-based. The launch of these products is rumoured to be 2016 and the business world will be eager to hear news of the unveiling of the new designs when they are finally revealed. Google’s former wearable technology had been utilised extensively in the travel industry, with companies such as Virgin Atlantic using Glass headsets to scan and print boarding passes. There is no doubt that wearable technology has yet to make a huge impact in the business world, but it has the scope to be an incredibly versatile connectivity method. Imagine a barrister being able to broadcast video evidence to a jury from a glass headset in real-time.

Cable Reduction

As the world becomes wireless, there is less of a need for cables. However, some of the cables we do require are also becoming more efficient thanks to the release of the USB Type-C cable. Essentially, the Type-C is able to cut down on the amount of wires that we need, due to its reversible plug orientation and bi-directional power. This means that a peripheral device can now power a host device, and vice versa. The speed of the Type-C is also much faster than its predecessor – USB cables. It supports USB 3.1 which boasts a top speed of 10Gbps and has a high power output of 20V(100W).

The new 12 inch Apple Macbook is the first notebook to use the USB Type-C as its power port, but it’s likely that many tablets and other devices will follow suit.

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