Recap: The Top 5 Talking Points for the Enterprise from the International CES 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is behind us once again, having dominated the global technology news headlines for the past two weeks, showcasing a huge offering of ambitious and inspiring products.

Looking past the show’s primary focus on the consumer market, there were a number of solutions which can clearly thrive in the enterprise environment which we've collected below, bringing convenience and productivity benefits with the justifications for their use.

1. The Internet of Things

Samsung outlined their vision for the internet of things during their Keynote session, imploring large software brands to develop their IoT offerings with an open source standard in mind, to allow enterprises to take full advantage of a fully connected ecosystem. Samsung backed up their plea by revealing that 90% of their products will be IoT-equipped by 2017.

BlackBerry also expressed hopes of playing a significant role in the advancements of IoT for the enterprise, with a new platform developed exclusively for business, targeting specific industries with the appropriate need for such a level of connectivity.

2. Wearable Devices

An area of mobility which, in a sense, can be viewed as synonymous with IoT is the product range of wearable devices. There are many use cases for wearables within different industries and fields, based on a diverse selection of employee requirements, and there was no shortage of wearables on display this year at CES which could be valuable to enterprise users.

3. Wireless Connectivity

Intel gave a Keynote of their own at the show, in which CEO Brian Krzanich touched on enhanced capabilities for wireless office environments, including wireless mobile device charging, with additional plans to bring fully wireless infrastructures to hotels in 2015 following a partnership with Marriott.

4. Data Security

There was a wealth of new smart devices in plenty of different form factors released this year, but somewhat surprisingly the security implications were largely ignored by solution providers. However, OpenPeak’s new EMM platform coordinates the management of company-liable mobile devices, as well as enterprise apps and data services on employees’ personal mobile devices. This platform delivers the highest levels of security, while remaining easy to use via its web-based administrative console.

Intel’s presence at CES also included an attempt at bolstering enterprise security, with a facial recognition tool to facilitate secure access to mobile devices for business users, when accessing sensitive corporate information. The Intel True Key is a system which grants access to secure files and programmes based on facial recognition, eliminating the need for manual password entry, available on Windows and Android devices.

5. The Best of the Rest

Lenovo used the show to launch a new line of ThinkPads with updates in the form of the newest Intel processors. An addition to these updates was the ThinkPad Stack, a set of modules with various purposes, perhaps best suited to teams working with multiple devices off-site.

Finally, an interesting gadget which could experience some popularity among many organisations is a lightbulb fitted with a video surveillance security camera, which functions either inside or outside. The Sengled Snap combines WiFi connectivity, LED lighting and a 1080p security camera all into one useful product.

Now that CES 2015 has concluded, all eyes will be looking ahead to Mobile World Congress, taking place at the beginning of March in Barcelona. Stay tuned here for enterprise-focused coverage of MWC 2015.