IoT and Sensors are Most Important Technologies for Products: Survey

As per the survey, around 26 per cent of the developers noted that IoT is the most improved technology of the last year

Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor are the most important technologies for electronic product developers, according to the latest research by a leading global technology solutions provider – Avnet.

IoT and sensors technology witnessed an extraordinary growth in 2018. However, security for IoT remains the major challenge for electronic product developers to overcome, the report said.

Avnet has surveyed around 1,190 members of Hackster.io and element14 engineering communities for understanding about the focus of their development efforts and the challenges they are facing.

According to the survey, around 61 per cent of product developers said that IoT and sensors are the most crucial technologies for products they are developing.

IoT products witnessed substantial growth in importance, an increase of 14 per cent as compared to previous year. On the other hand, drones and robotics projects were up by 8 per cent.

Most improved technology

As per the survey, around 26 per cent of the developers noted that IoT is the most improved technology of the last year. The other the most improved technology is artificial intelligence (AI), said 25 per cent of the respondents.

Commenting on the findings, Dayna Badhorn, Vice President – Emerging Business, Avnet, said, “Developers have more access to resources and communities like ours, and this is helping accelerate the pace of bringing new products to market. IoT and sensors are leading the way in importance and impacting the design process.”

“But survey respondents also noted these are the most underrated technologies when it comes to innovation, signaling that IoT and sensors will have an even greater impact as developers engage partners to help them take their ideas from prototype to production,” Badhorn added.

Challenges persist

In spite of strong growth of innovation in 2018, developers are also facing bigger challenges in some areas. Around 81 per cent developers believe that security continues to be the biggest technological challenge in the deployment of IoT.

According to 26 per cent of respondents, the most difficult elements of product development are finding out the best technology to use in the designs, followed by obtaining certification for the product, at 22 per cent.

The other challenging part of bringing products to market is getting finance for the development, the survey noted.

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