6.4 billion connected things will be in use in 2016: Gartner

Gartner predicts that by 2016, 6.4 billion devices will be connected to the internet and 5.5 million new things will join them each day

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November 12: Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016, 5.5 million new things will get connected every day.

Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will support total services spending of $235 billion in 2016, up 22 percent from 2015. Services are dominated by the professional category (in which businesses contract with external providers in order to design, install and operate IoT systems), however connectivity services (through communications service providers) and consumer services will grow at a faster pace.

"IoT services are the real driver of value in IoT, and increasing attention is being focused on new services by end-user organisations and vendors," said Jim Tully, Vice President and distinguished Analyst at Gartner.

Enterprises to Bolster IoT Revenue

"Aside from connected cars, consumer uses will continue to account for the greatest number of connected things, while enterprise will account for the largest spending," said Tully. Gartner estimates that 4 billion connected things will be in use in the consumer sector in 2016, and will reach 13.5 billion in 2020.
Table 1: Internet of Things Units Installed Base by Category (Millions of Units)
Category 2014 2015 2016
Consumer 2,277 3,023 4,024
Business: Cross-Industry 632 815 1,092
Business: Vertical-Specific 898 1,065 1,276
Grand Total 3,807 4,902 6,392
In terms of hardware spending, consumer applications will amount to $546 billion in 2016, while the use of connected things in the enterprise will drive $868 billion in 2016.
Table 2: Internet of Things Endpoint Spending by Category (Billions of Dollars)
Category 2014 2015 2016
Consumer 257 416 546
Business: Cross-Industry 115 155 201
Business: Vertical-Specific 567 612 667
Grand Total 939 1,183 1,414

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