06 October 2011
By the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people. The startling claim is made by the new President of Europe’s largest professional society of engineers, Dr Mike Short, who takes office today.
The new President will make the bold assertion during his inaugural address titled “Digital century – the web is your oyster” at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in central London this evening.
The current global population is around 7 billion, but Dr Mike Short is confident that uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.
Dr Mike Short said, “Right now there are more mobile phones than toothbrushes. Unlike toothbrushes, mobile phones and devices are wonderfully inclusive and with access to the Internet they are empowering for billions of people – especially those in emerging nations who will access the internet for the first time through mobile.”
For Dr Short, this is a welcome development that will bring benefits of shared innovation, connectivity , internet access and many new applications associated with people’s education , transport, and health needs. The accelerating use of machine to machine communications will also continue to propel this growth of services in cars, smart meters and smart cities.
Dr Short continued, “We are all innovators now in a digital world, thanks to the marriage between the two great innovation platforms of the last 20 years now coming together : internet and mobile. This combination will drive digital innovation everywhere as these technologies become ever more pervasive and useful to all people.
The IET is celebrating its 140th year as Dr Mike Short becomes the 136th President. The IET has over 150,000 members in 127 countries.