David Oro at IoT Central published an article at the end of 2015 with 50 predictions for the Internet of Things in 2016. He asked a variety of IoT-related companies, from startups to established players, for their input. The list makes for great reading and sets the tone for the growth of IoT this year. As the marketing leader at Bsquare, I was glad to provide our perspective, as follows:
“2016 will be the year actual business IoT deployments accelerate. Not unlike any new technology, there is a propensity among suppliers to rechristen products and/or services they already offer using terminology associated with that new technology. Hence it might appear that the business-oriented IoT market is already going gangbusters when in fact it’s still in its infancy. This tendency is understandable and, in some cases, not completely without merit but what is truly interesting for businesses are complete systems where intelligence devices generate data that is captured by enterprise systems in order to automatically drive desired business outcomes. This, more than anything else, is why IoT is not even remotely the same as M2M. For possibly the first time, 2016 will mark the beginning of complete, large scale IoT systems that directly and automatically link devices with business outcomes.”
Oro’s article with the other 49 predictions is available here (note that a registration is required to view the complete article).