Study: Internet of Things Companies in India – 2017

Internet of Things is on a dramatic growth path in India, and this is evident from the number of IoT companies/ startups that have come up in last 3-4 years. And the numbers are astonishing.

According to our research, there are close to 800 firms working on IoT as a technology in some shape & form. Here’s our annual study of IoT companies in India.

Read IoT India Companies Study 2016

 

Key Trends

  • More than 800 companies in India claim to provide IoT as an offering to their customers. This includes a large number of companies into IoT products (mostly wearable & Home automation) and a small chunk offering enterprise IoT services.
  • This is an increase of more than 50% from last year when India housed around 500 IoT companies.
  • The number of IoT companies in India is still very few in number, compared to the strength of IoT companies around the globe. In fact, India accounts for just 7% of global IoT companies.

Company Size

  • On an average, Indian IoT companies have 49 employees on their payroll.
  • On a global scale, this is quite a good number, as IoT companies across the world employ an average of 37 employees.
  • Almost 82% of IoT companies in India have less than 50 employees compared to 87% on a global level.

  • Around 36% IoT organizations in India saw a decline in headcount last year. The decrease in headcount may not be indicative of an overall decline in growth but can be due to operational reasons including attrition etc.
    • 10% IoT organization did not see any growth
    • 44% organization saw a headcount growth of less than 25%.

Cities Trend

  • Being the IT hub of India, Bangalore undoubtedly continues to house the most number of IoT firms in India, i.e. almost 36%.
  • Pune follows it at a distant 15% and Hyderabad at 10% IoT companies.
    • Pune surprisingly has a larger share of IoT companies than other cities, owing to the city being home to some solid manufacturing base.
  • Delhi, Mumbai & Gurgaon are far behind with their percentages of IoT companies in single digits as reflected in the graphs below.
  • Compared to a year back, the share of IoT companies has remained almost the same, except:
    • Chennai saw an increase in % share of IoT companies, from 7% in 2016 10% in 2017.
    • Gurgaon saw a decline, from 8% to 6% this year.

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Bhasker is a Data Science evangelist and practitioner with proven record of thought leadership and incubating analytics practices for various organizations. With over 12 years of experience in the area of Business Analytics, he is well recognized as an expert within the industry. Earlier, Bhasker worked as Vice President at Goldman Sachs. Bhasker currently advises various startups on how to utilize analytics and thinks about interesting ideas in this space in free time. He is B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.