Top 10 Charts That Will Challenge Your Perspective Of Internet of Things (IoT's) Growth in 2018-2019

By Kimberly Cook | Nov 29, 2018 | 3459 Views

  • Industrial products lead all industries in the Internet of Things (IoT) adoption at 45% with an additional 22% planning to adopt IoT in the next 12 months according to a recent Forrester survey.

  • The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market is predicted to reach $123B in 2021, attaining a CAGR of 7.3% through 2020.

  • By 2020, Discrete Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and utility industries are projected to spend $40B each on IoT platforms, systems, and services.

  • McKinsey predicts the IoT market will be worth $581B for ICT-based spend alone by 2020, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) between 7 and 15%.

  • Industrial products lead all industries in IoT adoption at 45% with an additional 22% planning to adopt IoT in the next 12 months according to a recent Forrester survey.

  • The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market is predicted to reach $123B in 2021, attaining a CAGR of 7.3% through 2020.

  • Harley Davidson reduced its build-to-order cycle by a factor of 36 and grew overall profitability by 3% to 4% by shifting production to a fully IoT-enabled plant according to Capgemini.

Realizing the Internet of Thing's (IoT) potential to reduce costs and enable new business models needs to start with a platform perspective that includes app development and integration. IoT is one of the most-researched emerging markets globally, with a specific focus on how Cloud Services and APIs will enable a faster proliferation of applications and the marketplaces that offer them. APIs will enable IoT projects to succeed faster and with greater accuracy by enabling more real-time integration points between systems. High-speed wireless networks are a key growth catalyst for IoT, which is why Samsung, Qualcomm, LG, Huawei, and Intel all are vying to establish product leadership with patents. These top five patent holders together control over 13,300 IoT patents today. The following ten charts provide insights into IoT's explosive growth:

  • By 2020, Discrete Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and utility industries are projected to spend $40B each on IoT platforms, systems, and services. Globally B2C Commerce is projected to invest $25B in IoT systems, software, and platforms within two years. Healthcare and Process industries are projected to invest $15B each in IoT. The following graphic compares the projected growth in spending by vertical globally, from 2015 to 2020. Source: Statista.

  • Smart Cities (23%), Connected Industry (17%) and Connected Buildings (12%) are the top three IoT projects in progress. IoT Analytics found that nearly half of the Smart City projects (45%) are in Europe, while the Americas lead in the area of Connected Health, with 55% of global projects today. The Americas are leading the world in Connected Car IoT projects as well, with 54% of them worldwide. Look for increased R&D spending as healthcare providers, and auto manufacturers attempt to establish patent and intellectual property (IP) leadership in these fast-growing markets. Source: IoT Analytics, The Top 10 IoT Segments in 2018 - based on 1,600 real IoT projects.

  • McKinsey predicts the IoT market will be worth $581B for ICT-based spend alone, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) between 7 and 15%. Software infrastructure and applications will be 37% of overall IoT spend by 2020, with Solutions Services a close second with 30% of global spending. This slide is from an excellent presentation given at the Hong Kong IoT Conference, which is a fascinating read. Source: Internet of Things The IoT opportunity - Are you ready to capture a once-in-a-lifetime value pool? (PDF, 23 pp., no opt-in).

  • The North American IoT consumer electronics market is predicted to increase from $90B in 2017 to $180B in 2022, attaining a CAGR of 12.25%. IoT spending for Transportation-related IoT application is predicted to increase from $75B in 2017 to $140B in 2022, attaining a 10.9% CAGR. Source: Statista


  • GE found that Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications are relied on by 64% power and energy (utilities) companies to succeed with their digital transformation initiatives. Overall, 58% of all manufacturers interviewed say IIoT is essential for attaining greater digital transformation. Source: GE Digital Industrial Evolution Index Executive Summary, October 2017 (PDF, 67 pp., no opt-in).

  • 12.86 billion IoT sensors and devices will be in use in the consumer segment by 2020, growing at a 34.89% CAGR per year from 2017. Vertical-specific sensors and devices are projected to grow from 1.64B units in 2017 to 3.17B in 2020, attaining a 24.57% CAGR in just three years., Source: Statista.

  • Samsung, Qualcomm, LG, Huawei, and Intel are the top five patent holders in the IoT industry today, together controlling over 13,300 patents. Samsung has been granted the greatest number of patents (820) as of the date of the analysis below, followed by LG (524), and Huawei (490). An analysis of patent filings shows that discrete manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and utilities are the three dominant industries patents are focused The second graphic provides a graphical overview of patent-producing companies by the markets they compete in and in some cases lead today. Source: Relecura IP Intelligence Report, Internet of Things - Technology Landscape and IP Commercialization Trends (PDF, 44 pp., no opt-in).

  • Microsoft Azure IoT Suite is the most favored platform by developers for enabling connected devices in their software projects. 29% of developers favor Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite as the platform for their IoT projects, with Google Cloud IT second (24%), and Amazon AWS IoT third (19%). AWS was more popular with respondents from smaller organizations (28% versus  9%). Googe's Cloud IoT is being adopted more by employees in larger companies (37% vs. 15%). Source:  Cowen Software Developer Survey, Getting In On The Ground Floor: Surveying Software Developers On Key Tech Trends, September 18, 2017 (client access required).

  • Chinese enterprises are most often adopting IoT to increase competitiveness (23%) while American companies are focused on reducing costs (19%). An Ovum study found that China is the global leader in adopting IoT to enable their industries and enterprises to be more competitive. Malaysian enterprises' top property is to improve business processes (21%). The following graphic provides an analysis of goals by country and top IoT adoption drivers. Source: Ovum IoT Survey Results Infographic.



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