The Internet of Things could cover almost 38.5 billion networked end-points in 2020. Compared with the 2015 figure of 13.4 billion, this would represent an increase of 285%. Today, there are already almost double as many data points online as there are people on earth.
The British Juniper Group, which presented these figures, primarily cites the networked home, cars with online connection, and telemedicine as growth drivers in the private sector. The majority of machine-to-machine-networked end-points is however required by trade, industry and the public utilities sector. Competing standards are still putting a brake on development in the “Internet of transformation”; global committees and alliances are currently working flat out on the economically important process of standardisation. (Source: Juniper Research Ltd./bs)