IDC in its Government Insights report, Asia/Pacific Public Sector Predictions 2015: Innovation in Government predicts that Asia/Pacific city governments will kickstart pervasive adoption of IoT technologies in 15-20 percent of smart city initiatives.
“Asia Pacific city governments are expected to bring about the first wave of IoT adoptions with initiatives aimed at improving city management operations as well as eServices deliveries,” IDC says.
“Notably, fund-raising and investments in IoT will become much clearer in 2015 as prices of sensors continue to fall and the value-added services from suppliers continue to grow.”
It also forecasts 25 percent of healthcare organisations will invest in mobility including consumer-facing mobile applications, wearables, and remote health monitoring in 2015, saying: “Consumer expectations of convenience, choice, customisation, and control when interacting with healthcare organisations is growing based on their experience with other high-touch, customer-centric industries such as retail, hospitality, and financial services. Like these industries, healthcare will also embrace omnichannel strategies to provide a consistent experience across phone calls, actual visits, organisation web site, or mobile apps.”
It adds: “While using a unique user identity to access test results on a patient portal has been available in many countries in the region, as technologies develop, and as prescribed wearables become more common, they will be used to feed health monitoring data into the patient portals to manage chronic conditions.”