IOT: What, how & where?

Wednesday 8th February 2017

A recent Tech Pro Research survey asked what IoT data companies are collecting, and how it’s being used?  Some 38 percent of respondents to a survey conducted in December 2016 said their companies are currently using IoT devices. More companies will be joining this group in the next year, as 30 percent of respondents said their companies are in the planning or considering stages.

The research report takes a look at what IoT devices companies are currently using, what they’re doing with the data, and how they’re keeping it secure. Among companies who’ve already completed their IoT rollout, environmental sensors are, by far, the most popular devices.

Regardless of what devices they’re using, companies are most commonly collecting data about businesses processes, HVAC, and their own employees. They’re then using the data collected to do things like analyse environmental conditions, improve their products, and monitor resource availability. When it comes to securing the data, the majority of businesses are encrypting stored data, though many businesses use multiple security methods.

The report also examines responses from companies where the IoT rollout is in planning phase, and companies where a rollout is just being considered. It contains analysis of how these groups differ from the groups already using IoT, and what this may mean in future. Also included are the esponses from companies who have no plans to implement IoT.



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