2016 has arrived, rife with opportunities, risks, and, of course, buzzwords. As cloud computing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and 3D printing are rapidly becoming common terms, one buzzword just seems to get buzzier and buzzier: IoT, or Internet of Things. Coined in 1999 by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton, Internet of Things is clearly a concept that is ahead of its time, but 2016 may well be the year that it revolutionizes how public sector agencies serve their citizens.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is reshaping the way we interact with the modern world. But there's another trend that's gaining traction just as quickly: contactless payments. As the name implies, contactless payments are a way for customers and merchants to make transactions with little to no physical interaction. Rather than having to slide a credit card into a point of sale (POS) terminal, the customer can simply bring their card (or other device) within a certain range of the terminal to process the transaction. Contactless payments are faster and offer a higher level of convenience than traditional card or cash-based payment systems.
Hot off the heels of "the Cloud" is the tech world's next big buzzword: the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things promises to transform the way we live by connecting sensors, appliances, and other electronics to each other through local networks and the Internet at large. It's a way for individuals, businesses, and governments to automatically and seamlessly share and collect data on an unprecedented scale. For gaming operators, it's an opportunity to engage with players through a promising and highly-rewarding channel.