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The Ultimate Internet of Things (IoT) report collection: Get Ready for IoT – It’s the Next Big Thing

The Internet of Things (IoT) will eventually dwarf the Internet of Persons and Businesses, or, as it’s more commonly known, the World Wide Web. Billions of machines, devices, sensors and other hardware are being wired to communicate with each other. Gigabytes of data are already flowing automatically into huge piles of big data that need analysis and action. However, for business leaders and corporate decision-makers it is difficult to grasp the full impact the IoT can have over the next decade and beyond. What are the most critical IoT applications? Where and how is IoT generating the greatest value for business? How should the risks with regard to security and privacy be handled as the amount of data generated makes every firm more vulnerable? With whom should you partner to take on this genuine next wave of internet evolution?

A report by Vodafone identifies the growing numbers of companies adopting the IoT, offering new products and services and seeing tangible benefits of IoT usage. The Vodafone IoT barometer shows that 95% of adopters have experienced significant benefits, while just over half (52%) earned a significant return on investment.

As IoT expands, we are experiencing new ways of connecting, producing and processing. The Deloitte IoT Innovation Report identifies such innovations in numerous sectors, including smart cities, logistics, agriculture, energy and safety. For instance, in the agriculture industry, smart sensors are improving irrigation systems, and wearable livestock monitors are helping farmers maximize their time with heifers. 

But IoT also carries significant risks. A report by Lloyd’s points out that there are significant blind spots in IoT regulation and insurance. IoT relies on broad social value chains of data flow, services, and devices. As a result, there is an aggregated system risk, which becomes more probable and less predictable. 

The GSM Association has evaluated in an excellent paper how China is becoming the leader in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The development of IoT in China is strongly supported by all branches of government, both national and local. Mobile IoT devices are helping to accelerate the development and deployment of IIot in East Asia. For example, mobile technologies such as Narrowband-IoT help China monitor electricity consumption in remote areas, enabling efficient delivery of electricity supply.

IoT should certainly be on the high-priority to-do list of any CEO. Almost every industry is about to feel the penetration of IoT technologies. Yet, IoT technology touches upon so many complex issues that corporate leaders need to quickly get up to speed in this field. 

The analysts at IT ResearchFinder have selected and curated these reports, identifying the best and most impactful free research in the IoT arena. The summaries are written independently, and our analysts grade the reports objectively according to the quality of their content, data and writing. 

IoT Barometer 2019

This report identifies the growing number of companies that are adopting the Internet of Things (IoT) to offer new products and services, seeing tangible benefits of IoT usage.

Publisher: Vodafone
33 pages, June 2019
Rating: ***** (5/5)

IoT Innovation Report

This report profiles innovative companies that use the Internet of Things (IoT) to identify and solve critical problems across industries, infrastructure and occupations. 

Publisher: Deloitte
26 pages, September 2018
Rating: **** (4/5)

Risks and Opportunities of the Internet of Things

This report recommends that the insurance sector cooperate with key stakeholders in the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve risk management and innovation.

Publisher: Lloyd’s
73 pages, September 2018
Rating: ***** (5/5)

How Greater China is Set to Lead the Global Industrial IoT Market

This paper explores Greater China’s growth as a leader in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), noting key trends, benefits, and challenges.

Publisher: GSMA
20 pages, July 2018
Rating: ***** (5/5)