The report noted that on top of the overwhelming adoption numbers, the most significant factor was that IoT was increasingly being deployed at scale, and the increased ROI as a result. The report also cited the widening range of benefits that businesses receive – greater business insights, reduced costs and improved employee productivity topping the list.
As far as business benefits go – improved brand differentiation (42%) and improved market competitiveness (53%) rated the primary benefit, compared to 35% in the Americas and 33% in Europe while the ability to monetise IoT remains on average with the rest of the world at 53%.
When asked about the next steps, the surprise finding was the positive framing of IoT security, which rather than being a barrier to IoT deployment, was seen as "giving businesses the confidence to do more." Asia was once again much more positive in this area with 86% of respondents hailing security as an enabler compared to 79% globally, and 83% of businesses stating they have adequate skills to manage IoT security, significantly way ahead of Europe on 70% and the Americas at 65%.
As the scale of IoT projects increases the report also notes a rise in connectivity requirements. Businesses are looking to use a mix of technologies from fixed line to low power wide area networks (LP-WAN) depending on the application.Typically, large scale projects use four different connectivity options with mobile and Wi-Fi the two most popular. There is increasing interest in the newer technologies such as Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), with 28% of all companies now considering it and other LP-WAN options, for new IoT projects.
The 2017 IoT Barometer research surveyed 1,278 respondents in 13 countries, US, Brazil, Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, China, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.