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January 14, 2015

App developers to target industrial Internet of Things in 2015

84% of IoT developers are targeting industrial sensors, health monitors and smart buildings.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

An increasing number of application developers in the Internet of Things (IoT) space say they are building apps, infrastructure and systems to target the industrial market this year.

Research by Embarcadero Technologies found that 84% of IoT developers are aiming to build projects that include industrial sensors, health monitors and smart buildings, while 16% are targeting consumer devices.

The survey, carried out by Dimensional Research, also revealed that 49% of IoT developers expect their implementations to generate an impact on businesses by the end of 2015, compared to only 12% in 2014.

Michael Swindell, SVP of Products at Embarcadero, said: "These survey results confirm that IoT is crossing over from consumer gadgets to business productivity and customer engagement."

"In the consumer space, individuals connect to IoT typically through a single personal mobile device, with the IoT experience encircling the user. However with business solutions IoT includes users and encircles the business and enterprise assets."

The IoT Developer Survey also showed that software and applications will be critical for IoT implementations this year, as developers plan to interconnect devices with multiple systems such as mobile apps, desktop apps, databases, cloud services, enterprise apps and other IoT devices.

Swindell added: "The IoT connected applications developers build for the Enterprise are essential to connect the disparate parts of a distributed IoT business solution – from mobile devices, to wearables and sensors, to cloud and on-premises Enterprise back-ends. Software developers will clearly play a pivotal role in driving IoT innovation and business adoption in 2015 and beyond."

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The survey included more than 1,000 decision makers from companies of all sizes and vertical industries around the world.

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