MARKET RESEARCH GURUS at IDC have been giving their take on the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) with a presentation looking at the trends it believes will dominate 2015 and beyond.
The IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Internet of Things 2015 Predictions Web Conference predicted a number of trends regarding the development of one of the Internet's buzz topics.
Top of the list is a move towards cloud computing removing the need for "data blending" between devices. IDC believes that this will see 90 percent of IoT data being hosted in the cloud.
IDC also predicts that within two years 90 percent of companies will have had some sort of IoT security breach ranging from "inconveniences" to something more serious.
It also believes that within three years half of IT networks will become network constrained because of the volume of IoT data, with 10 percent being completely overwhelmed.
Other trends include 40 percent of wearables becoming viable alternatives to smartphones and 60 percent of proprietary solutions becoming open source: are you listening Redmond?
"The Internet of Things will give IT managers a lot to think about," said Vernon Turner, senior vice president of research.
"Enterprises will have to address every IT discipline to effectively balance the deluge of data from devices that are connected to the corporate network. In addition, IoT will drive tough organisational structure changes in companies to allow innovation to be transparent to everyone while creating new competitive business models and products."
The news follows the recent announcement of Bluetooth 4.2, the latest version of the standard, which is aimed squarely at the IoT market, and is the first iteration to allow direct connection to the Internet over IP.
Asking about the report, Martin Woolley, Technical Program Manager at Bluetooth SIG told The INQUIRER, "The predictions from IDC demonstrate the growth we’ll see in the Internet of Things over the next five years."
Talking about the role of Bluetooth, he added, "Bluetooth Smart ... will be a massive game changer by making it possible to use existing IP infrastructure to manage Bluetooth Smart ‘edge’ devices. This is ideal for home automation scenarios, allowing consumers to be able to control their smart home devices from their smartphones when they’re within the home as well as remotely."
Earlier this year, a narrow majority of INQUIRER readers said that they did not believe that the Internet of Things would kill privacy.
In a closely and elegantly fought debate, 52 percent of you said it would not while 48 percent believed it would.
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