The finding was reported in Telecoms.com Intelligence’s IoT Outlook 2015 report — sponsored by Gemalto, F5, IBM and Wind — that claims to “provide in-depth insight into how the telecoms industry will stand to gain as the Internet of Things reaches maturity.”
The report said: “Of over 900 respondents, 28.5 percent primarily associate home automation and connected cars with IoT, which corroborates the picture painted by broader technology media. A further 23.3 percent of respondents see smartphones, tablets and wearable technology as the principal aspect of IoT they identify with. 16.7 percent opted for sensors, the less glamorous yet likely more pervasive use-case for much of the Internet of Things.”
Key findings were given as:
- 51.8 percent of respondents primarily associate the Internet of Things with consumer technology, such as home automation and wearable tech;
- 42.4 percent believe security challenges represent the biggest inhibitor to IoT;
- 37.2 percent see platform standardisation issues as the biggest challenge;
- 62.4 percent of respondents believe they will be ready to monetise IoT by 2020.
Telecoms.com says close to 1,000 professionals from a broad cross-section of the industry “from operators to academics, consultants, cloud service providers, chipset manufacturers and many others,” responded to the survey. Its five chapters cover: the IoT landscape; information security; cloud and IoT; networking challenges; industrial IoT.
Writing in the foreword, Telecoms.com Intelligence content manager, Tim Skinner, said: “[Telecom] operators can expect to be firmly planted in the middle of the connected world of the future; simultaneously managing the data and traffic requirements from consumer, enterprise, industrial and governmental sectors.
“Not only will the operator network have to prioritise traffic when necessary, such as smart city or critical communications-related data, but it will also have to do so securely, flexibly and automatically, with the intelligence to analyse data in real-time.
“With hundreds or thousands of different use-case scenarios possible for M2M and IoT, the telecommunications sector can be expected to act as the glue holding the entire industry together.