Vodafone has published its fourth annual IoT Barometer Report--a leading global survey of business sentiment regarding innovation and investment in the Internet of Things, the term used to describe the evolution of a new generation of devices and processes using connected network intelligence to deliver advanced capabilities. Examples of IoT applications--including driverless cars, smart metering for gas and power and remote monitoring for homes and industry. The survey was conducted by Circle Research in April and May 2016 and involved more than 1,096 companies across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the USA.
The 2016 Vodafone IoT Barometer Report found that:
--89% of companies investing in IoT have increased their budgets over the last 12 months;
--76% of all companies interviewed believe that taking advantage of IoT technologies will be critical for the future success of any organisation;
--63% of IoT adopters are seeing "significant" returns on investment, up from 59% in last year's Report; and
--IoT investment now accounts for 24% of the average IT budget, on a par with cloud computing or data analytics.
The Report also found that IoT technologies play a key role in mainstream business activities in an increasing number of companies....