Top 10 IoT Trends in India to watch out for in 2017

hen we decided to venture out on the path called IoT India Magazine, we had a motto of exploring the areas related to Internet of Things. Serving as the very first online magazine dedicated solely to IoT we covered a plethora of innovations this year– right from smart homes to connected cars to wearables and smart cities. With these and many more that made the headlines this year, there is no denying that the wave of internet of things is striking every corner.

With IoT becoming the next big thing, we decided to find out the trends that this industry has in store for the coming year. And who better than the industry stalwarts to enlighten with the same?

IoT India magazine reached out to them to know their perspective on the top trends they see emerging in the “Internet of Things” space for the coming year, and we found some interesting insights. So, here is a list of top 10 trends to watch out for in 2017, curated right from the industry’s experienced eyes.

1. Technology is already in place, user adoption yet to match:

Somnath Meher, Co-Founder and CEO, Witworks

“We are moving into a connected world of smart consumer devices and systems sooner than anticipated. The driving force for accelerating this change has been commoditization of hardware (processors, sensors, etc.) and seamless connectivity to the Internet across large developing markets. In a situation where multiple devices would be communicating with each other, it opens the whole new possibility of integrating a varied set of services and content to be delivered through a synchronous platform. While technology is already in place, the user adoption for them is yet to match the curve. The key here would be to re-imagine the way these set of services and content could be delivered to the end user.

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2. Artificial Intelligence to drive next phase of IoT platforms:

Pankaj Chawla, CTO & Co-Founder, 75F

“While a lot of what is out there in the IoT space currently is monitoring, the next step will be a lot of smart automation being taken over by the systems itself. This means there is going to be a lot of work within the machine learning and the emerging AI fields that will enable the devices to work autonomously.

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“The world would ideally move away from an Apps driven platform to an AI (Artificial Intelligence) driven platform. The idea is to let the user have a central access/control point with a singular experience, instead of having to engage with a host of applications with assorted experiences. This change shall ensure that only the contextually relevant set of information, services and content reaches the user. And that in an absolutely seamless, functional and intuitive manner. Incorporating this would require re-defining existing user interfaces and how we are made to interact with them. The ideal form factor to deliver this experience across home, cars, or on-the-go could vary, but the essence remains in ensuring that the connected IoT platforms actually become ‘intelligent’, rather than just being ‘smart’.

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3. Emergence of voice based assistant to control IoT devices:

Ashish James, Customer Development Head at Oakter

“The most important trend in IoT is emergence of voice based assistant as a very convenient user interface for controlling IoT devices. Estimated 5 million Amazon’s Echo voice assistant devices have been sold since its launch in Dec 2014. That’s an amazing number and has kind of revitalized the smart-home market. Google has recently launched competing product in Google Home, and Sunder Pichai who appreciated Amazon for finding this new market has set the chess board for a new battle. This battle is sure to provide a strong impetus to growth of smart-home & IoT industry worldwide. All existing and upcoming players in this market all over the world, including nascent but growing market like India are going to play an important role in changing the way we manage our homes, drive our cars and generally live our life. Buckle up for the ride.

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4. Security to be a focus point:

Avinash Gautam, CEO, Silvan Innovation Labs

“The Achilles heel of the internet continues to bother IoT industry as well – the security threats from potential hacks into internet connected devices. So there is obviously a lot of work going on there.

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“This is going to be the biggest concern and also an opportunity to innovate. As the world gets more and more connected and hence open, security of unmonitored devices that form the core of the IoT platform will be a huge concern.

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Santanu Ghose, Director Networking, HPE Aruba

 

“While the IoT brings multiple opportunities, it also brings with itself, a vast gamut of security concerns. Tackling these security concerns will be paramount and in 2017, we will see increasing trend amongst IT professionals switching to security process automation to combat the threats associated with IoT. IT professionals will also start to demand more granular information into the devices on the network, to identify what devices or services that were on the ports are being targeted, leading to a review of protocols and software tools required to build IoT-ready networks.

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5. Increased adoption within healthcare industry:

“I think this is the field that will see the biggest adoption of IoT. Wearables will not only stream health parameters but will connect back to smart analytic services that will inform people of potential health problems. Air and water pollution are one of the biggest health hazards for the coming decades and IoT will play a key role in providing solutions to tackle these problems.

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Manu Madhusudanan, Cooey, Co-Founder, CEO

 

“With a push of button, you can get a desired service delivered to your home like medication refill, blood sample collection, homecare services, etc. Oftentimes, while caring for a chronically ill parent or grandparent, caregivers especially the children undergo great amount of emotional toll and physical exhaustion for want of their physical presence with them for various support needs. A smart health management platform allows them to monitor and stay connected with their loved ones while they get on with their chosen career.

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6. Industrial IoT to get a leg up:

“This is another field that will see an explosion in terms of adoption in the mainstream. Factories and machines continuously giving out information about their health allowing corrective actions to be taken care will ensure plant efficiencies will go up.

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Suniel Kumar G, Director, Nexiot

 

“Industrial IoT will be big potential giving clearly measurable RoI. Companies like GE are trending towards transitioning into IoT focused companies.

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“As enterprises embark on their journey of digital transformation, they are constantly on the lookout for new technologies that will support the growing needs for customers and employees. As we move into 2017, IoT is set to take the center stage with numerous opportunities to collaborate. World over organizations are investing in exploring new and innovative avenues to exploit this phenomenon. An IoT platform needs to deliver secure control and insight from big data to drive business outcomes. Today, IoT devices are being used to support a variety of use cases, from connected workplaces and healthcare facilities, to smart cities with intelligent energy meters and utilities supporting businesses with smart lighting and HVAC systems. In the years to come there will be increased adoption of IoT in Industrial and utilities sector.

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7. The need for advanced analytics:

Manav Garg, CEO of Eka Software Solutions

“Connecting devices allows valuable enhancements such as remote service and predictive maintenance, but the greatest value from IoT comes from analyzing the data. IoT data provides detailed and comprehensive insights from assets, processes, and products in use. Companies embracing advanced analytics can make data-driven decisions based on facts and statistical probabilities instead of opinions and gut feelings. They can change product offerings, shift production schedules, change transportation methods, optimize equipment use, and more by analyzing information from all of the connected devices, sensors, and monitors throughout their value chain.

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8. Plus n play, end to end IoT platform:

Yuktix

“At present the most contemporary trend in IOT space is to provide a complete set of IoT platform which include hardware, cloud and web. Everything which can be sense comes under the umbrella of IOT. Every costumer has its own requirement and it is really difficult to keep on building solution from scratch. What you need is a stable IOT platform that can provide you easy way to plug sensor as per costumer need, allow you to use multiple communication options and a device management dashboard which allow you to manage multiple device, allow you to create multiple user with different admin rights, allow you to set notifications values, run by default analytics on top of data collected and give user some actionable information.

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9. The move to the cloud:

“As the amount of available data explodes, the computer capacity required to acquire, store, cleanse, and analyze the data multiplies. Companies will move away from on premise solutions and move towards cloud-based options. Cloud services are easy to scale. Companies do not need to purchase new hardware to accommodate growth, they simply draw on more host servers. Cloud services do not require capital expenditures or maintenance, enabling companies to focus resources analyzing data instead of storing and managing it.

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10. Standardization to propel the industry forward:

“New wireless standards specific to IoT: LoRa and SigFox gaining momentum and adoption. Also, with BLE 5.0 standards expected for release shortly, BLE applications like beacons,asset , personal tracking are set to take off in a big way. With Mesh networking capability expected, BLE could pose a good challenge to Zigbee standards in certain applications like home automation.

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Srishti Deoras
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Srishti currently works as Senior Content Strategist for Analytics India Magazine. When not covering the analytics news, editing and writing articles, she could be found reading or capturing thoughts into pictures.