2018 Technology Convergence Scenarios

2018 Technology Convergence Scenarios

The ‘2018 Technology Convergence Scenarios’ is a powerful technology foresighting deliverable built on the ‘Top 50 Emerging Technologies: Spawning Growth Opportunities of Strategic Imperative’ research. Both outputs are offerings of the TechVision group, the global emerging technology, innovation, and convergence-focused practice of Frost & Sullivan.

This deliverable analyzes the Top 50 emerging technologies, and the strength of interconnects between these technologies to potentially combine with each other. The impact of these probable scenarios is underlined by their capability to address unmet application/sector/market needs, create new products/services/solutions due to the uniqueness of their combined potential, and drive unlikely players from diverse industries to work with each other. The scenarios covered are:
• Animal Tracker
• Decentralized Emissions Trading
• Energy as a Service
• Eye for an Eye
• Flu Inspector
• i-mobility
• Make Agriculture Great Again
• Water-on-Demand

Population growth leads to the need to increase food production. According to United Nations, by 2050 it will be necessary to produce 70% more food to ensure nutrition security. Digital and technological advancements will let farms and agricultural operations be more profitable, efficient, and eco-friendly. The Make Agriculture Great Again convergence scenario provides a snapshot of the how precise agriculture powered by digital and sophisticated technologies; coupled with bioscience and nanotechnology would improve agricultural practices. It focuses on the possibility to increase the crop yield using less energy, fertilizers, and pesticides while lowering levels of greenhouse gases and carbon footprint.

Flu pandemics are a cause for global clinical concern as they can cause high mortality. The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic caused the death of over 50 million people across the globe. Rapid technological advances have definitely helped curb the recurrence of such a huge pandemic, but flu mortality is still remains a cause for global concern. Flu still continues to claim 646,000 lives every year globally. Accurate and sensitive detection of diverse flu strains will be one of the key factors to enable flu control. While conventional biosensing and deep learning technologies in any given environment. Thus, the ‘Flu Inspector’ will be capable of accurate and sensitive detection of diverse flu-causing microorganisms. This can be subsequently used to avert any epidemic or pandemic through precise microbial detection enabled by deep learning platforms. It will also facilitate timely pathogen control measures in infected areas. This convergence platform will be immensely useful in hospital settings, tropical environments and all other areas that are likely to be flu hotspots. This ‘Flu Inspector’ could also be leveraged as a global tracker for emerging flu strains that can provide a worldwide alert to ensure better preparedness for flu control.

Eye for an Eye envisions a convergence scenario that will empower the security forces of critical assets properties to effectively handle intrusions to a specific perimeter. The proposed scenario “Eye for an Eye” not only encompasses protection of critical assets from human intrusion, but also from approaching vehicles and drone attacks.

The Water on Demand convergence scenario is suitable for deployment in locations where water availability varies by season. A combination of sensor fusion and hybrid cloud storage systems is used to monitor the availability of water throughout the landscape, and relay information to mobile desalination plants for processing water accordingly. Information relayed through hybrid cloud storage systems allows collaborative robots to deliver water to the demand locations.

  • Executive Summary
    • Innovation Engine Kaleidoscope
    • Top 50 Technologies - Selection Methodology
    • Top 10 Convergence Scenarios - Selection Methodology
    • Step 1: Identification of Convergence Scenarios
    • Step 2: Evaluation of Ideas
    • Step 3. Finalization of Ideas
  • Animal Tracker
    • Advanced Sensing and Computing Transform Animal Tracking
    • Sensor Fusion Capabilities Could Help Monetize Animal View
    • Virtual Fencing and Livestock Health Monitoring Grab Investor Interest
    • Connectivity and Artificial Intelligence Disrupting Business Models
    • A Scenario Driven by Critical Needs in Ecology Conservation
    • Livestock Farmers are Early Adopters of Advanced Tracking Services
  • Decentralized Emissions Trading
    • Blockchain Technology Likely to Dominate the Future of Energy Trade
    • The Convergence Scenario will Streamline and Simplify the Business Process by Providing Traceability and Transparency in Transactions
    • Technology Collaboration and Partnerships are Key Strategic Imperatives for Industries in Limiting the Carbon Footprint in the Near Future
    • Innovative Startups are Fostering Decentralized Emissions Trading Model
    • Matured Blockchain Technology Integrated with Energy Management Systems Will Have a Huge Impact
    • Distributed Ledgers to Facilitate Emissions Trading and Carbon Pricing
  • Energy as a Service
    • EaaS Enables Openness, Interaction, Equality, Sharing, and Personalization of Energy Production and Consumption
    • The Convergence Scenario Will Return Ownership of Energy to Customers and Ensure Continuous Supply of Power
    • This Vision of "Energy Ownership" Is Being Supported by Several Governments
    • NA and Europe Are Home to Numerous EaaS Companies
    • Impact of EaaS will be High With Large Adoption Within the Next Couple of Years
    • EaaS is Crucially Needed for Personalized Energy Ownership, but it is Plagued with Integration Issues
  • Eye for an Eye
    • Maldrone for Perimeter Surveillance
    • Key Driving Factors Encouraging Development of Maldrone Systems
    • Key Industry Initiatives Supporting the Development of Maldrone Systems
    • Cybersecurity-as-a-service, Crime Prediction, Critical Infrastructure Maintenance, and Traffic Analysis Business Models Drive Adoption of the Scenario
    • Key Factors Determining the Commercialization Potential of the Scenario
    • Key Strategic Questions from CEO's Perspective
  • Flu Inspector
    • Enabling Smart Flu Detection Through Technology Convergence
    • China Leads the Patent Landscape for Flu Detection Technologies
    • Enabling Flu Inspector to Improve Airborne Flu Detection
    • Overview of the Existing Flu Detection Landscape
    • Summary of Key Factors Driving Smart Flu Detection
    • Strategies Empowering the Future of Influenza Diagnostics
  • i-mobility
    • Smart systems for automated driving
    • Key Technologies Enabling Adoption - ADAS, Sensor Fusion, Cloud, Self-healing Materials, Wireless Charging, LiDAR
    • Key Factors Driving Adoption - Patent and Funding
    • Key Factors Driving Adoption - Technology Push and Market Pull
    • Key Stakeholder Initiatives - The USA
    • Key Stakeholder Initiatives - The USA, The Netherlands, and the China
    • Implementation Cases - Tu-Delft and SK Telecom
    • Implementation Cases - China and Ford Motor
    • Pay-as-you-drive-service, Pay-as-how-drive-service, Mobility-as-aservice Business Models Drive Adoption of the Scenario
    • Commercialization Potential Metrics - Impact on Infrastructure
    • Commercialization Potential Metrics - Reducing road accidents and high adoption
    • Viewpoint on Year of Impact
    • Key Strategic Questions from CEO's Perspective - Data collection, sustainability, and implementation challenge
    • The i-mobility transport ecosystem helps reduce maintenance costs in the longer run
  • Make Agriculture Great Again
    • Integration of Bioscience and Sophisticated Technology Drives Innovations in Agriculture
    • Agriculture Technology Trends are Focused on Yield Improvements by Using of Biotechnology and Cross-industry Technologies
    • Strong Funding and Research Initiatives will Accelerate the Deployment of the Scenario
    • Business Models Based on Nanotechnology and Digital Transformation Drive Adoption of the Scenario
    • Key Factors Determining the Commercialization Potential of the Scenario
  • Water-on-Demand
    • A Scenario to Improve Access to Potable Water
    • Connectivity Enabled Accessibility for Intelligent Water Distribution
    • Funds Directed Toward New Technologies to Improve Water Quality
    • Technology Enabled Services as Solutions to Water Scarcity
    • A Simple and High Impact Scenario with Ability to Disrupt Water Utility
    • Fighting Water Scarcity by Improving Access Through Mobile Solutions

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