Smart cities will have 1.1 billion IoT connections in 2015

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Smart homes worldwide will have 294 million connections by end of the year, according to research from Gartner

Smart homes will lead the way in the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution with 294 million connections by the end of the year, according to analysts Gartner.

IoT connections will boom over the next five years with 9.7 billion connections predicted in smart cities worldwide by 2020, the research claims.

Connected homes and smart commercial buildings will represent 45 per cent of the 1.1 billion devices Gartner expects to be connected by the end of this year. It expects this to rise to 81 per cent by 2020.

Gartner defines a smart city as an urbanised area in which multiple sectors co-operate by using real-time information and analysis and operational technology to achieve “sustainable goals”.

“Smart cities represent a great revenue opportunity for technology and services providers (TSPs), but providers need to start to plan, engage and position their offerings now,” said Gartner VP of research Bettina Tratz-Ryan.

“The majority of Internet of Things (IoT) spending for smart cities will come from the private sector. This is good news for TSPs as the private sector has shorter and more succinct procurement cycles than public sectors and cities.” Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 11.30.23

IoT includes connect products such as smart LED lighting, healthcare monitoring, smart locks and various sensors for such things as motion detection or carbon monoxide. Gartner expects lighting to see the biggest growth in consumer applications, up from six million units this year to 570 million units in 2020.

“Homes will move from being interconnected to become information- and smart-enabled, with an integrated services environment that not only provides value to the home, but also creates individual-driven ambience. The home will become the personal space that provides assistance or personal concierge experiences to the individual,” said Tratz-Ryan.

“Electric mobility, charging stations and embedded IoT will generate additional IoT opportunities in smart cities. This could be, for example, IoT in vehicles, or vehicle batteries sensing and communicating with the driver, or the next charging station to negotiate charging terms.”

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