Gartner has issued a set of predictions for the IoT in 2015. The full 10 page report is available, price $US495, from the Gartner web site. Here are some highlights
- By 2020, there will be a quarter billion connected vehicles (one fifth of all vehicles on the road). “This will have implications across the major functional areas of telematics, automated driving, infotainment and mobility services,” Gartner says.
- There will be 4.9 billion connected things in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and the number will reach 25 billion by 2020.
- By 2020, the connected kitchen will contribute at least 15 percent savings in the food and beverage industry, while leveraging big data analytics. “The connected kitchen has received less attention and drawn less focus along the IoT value chain compared to other IoT use cases and digital business opportunities,” Gartner says. “However, the connected kitchen will deliver significant benefits across industries spanning retail, healthcare and insurance, in addition to significantly addressing sustainability issues.”
- Until at least 2018 there will be no dominant IoT ecosystem platform; IT leaders will still need to compose solutions from multiple providers. “While companies are busy building out their IoT ecosystems, there is still no coherent set of business or technical models for the IoT,” says Gartner. “Standards remain nascent and most IoT projects will entail custom elements. This is further complicated by the lack of dominant technology service providers in the IoT.”