element14 has recently revealed a new research on the Internet of Things (IoT) which shows the growing role of IoT for industrial automation and control applications essential to the delivery of Industry 4.0.
The IoT Survey, which is run annually by element14, generates new insights on this key market, including opportunities and challenges for engineers working in IoT.
Cliff Ortmeyer, Global Head of Technical Marketing for Farnell and element14 says: “Industrial automation and the continued implementation of Industry 4.0 will provide the largest and fastest-growing IoT market for at least the medium term. This is a key focus of the element14’business and an area we are investing in significantly. element14 is committed to supporting customers in their IoT journey and can offer a growing portfolio of IoT products and solutions, as well as access to market insights that better enable innovation and improve customer know-how. The IoT Survey, now in its third year, is becoming a yardstick for the IoT industry; what engineers’ value in IoT solutions, how they build their IoT design, and what challenges they face day-to-day. It enables us to improve our offering to customers based directly on their wants and needs and hopefully provides informative and educational insights into the IoT market as a whole.”
Despite industrial automation and control being deemed a key market for IoT, there is recognition that Industry 4.0 adoption remains slow, primarily due to concerns over security (32%) and lack of business strategy (30%) hindering the adoption and integration of smart manufacturing solutions. Security continues to be the most important aspect for developers to consider (29%) when developing their design, and it is also their primary concern (36%), followed by connectivity and interoperability.
A quarter of survey participants expect healthcare to be the next big industry likely to take advantage of innovation in IoT connectivity. The use of SBCs as the core of IoT design is also in line with anecdotal feedback that element14 has received from customers that during the COVID-19 pandemic, design engineers have embraced development kits and single-board computers as they design at home.
element14’s 2020 IoT survey also provides insights on a decision regarding ‘wireless vs. wired’ connectivity in IoT design, preferred vendors, the most popular SBCs for new IoT designs, most commonly used programming languages and communications preferences.