Results of the survey show hardware platforms are becoming and increasingly important part of the early stage design process to quickly test designs and deliver proof of concept.
A range of hardware platforms are used for this process, with 50% of respondents choosing single board computers, such as the Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black, while other developers used their own design platforms (27%) or development platforms provided by silicon vendors (19%).
The research also showed that IoT developers preferred to design a complete solution for edge-to-cloud-security themselves (58%), rather than relying on third-party providers. Security is top of the list of developer considerations (52%). The need for common standards and policies was also highlighted as key to accelerating the benefits of IoT. Interoperability (certified standards), connectivity standards, open standards and common privacy policies were all high on the list of developer wishes.
Respondents expected opportunities within the Internet of Things will continue to grow. Key application areas for groth in the next five years include home automation, industrial automation & control and artificial intelligence. The greatest perceived opportunity for benefits is seen in professional and industrial applications, with operational applications, including opportunities to collate data across entire operations to optimising workplace resources, reducing costs and driving business profitability.
The research was conducted between September and November 2018 with 1042 respondents across Europe, Americas and APAC.