IOT News Roundup

Bangkok expands BlipTrack Wi-Fi Bluetooth sensor solution; Autodesk, Taxal conducts research into IoT trends; Oasis Smart SIM showcases eSIM solution for IoT connected devices; ams launches AS7221 smart-lighting manager; ETSI publishes smart-home specifications.
By Rich Handley

Autodesk, Taxal Conducts Research into IoT Trends
Throughout 2016, Autodesk and Taxal conducted a study titled "IoT Trends and Situations," with the goal of examining manufacturers' situations, trends, enablers and inhibitors with regard to the Internet of Things. The study consisted of in-depth, one-on-one telephone interviews with more than 280 companies across a range of industrial markets and geographies. It was designed to capture statistically relevant information, as well as qualitative and subjective feedback, with more than 85 percent of those interviewed comprising company executives and managers.

The study's results indicated the urgency that respondents place on its proposition. Fifty-six percent of interviewed companies are currently active in IoT projects that either are already in market or will be during the next 12 months, while 78 percent expect to be active within the next three years. The importance of the IoT to business was reinforced by the fact that 50 percent of respondents currently see the Internet of Things as critical or very important to their company, with 35 percent deeming it worthy of additional development investment beyond normal research and development activities.

With regard to benefits, 50 percent of the companies interviewed believe that the IoT helps them to differentiate their offerings, while 58 percent feel that it helps them better compete with others in their markets. Fifty-two percent of those studied indicated the IoT will allow them to develop new services for their customers, with 49 percent viewing it as a technology that helps them to improve their products' uptime.

While many businesses are active in developing for the IoT, or soon will be, only 30 percent of those studied said they were "ready and enabled" for what's to come. Thirty-eight percent indicated that they were making progress, while 32 percent said they believe there is still much to do. According to the study, there are many reasons behind these statistics, including the need to invest in infrastructure and new technology, and to develop and recruit the new skills required for the IoT era.

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