Professional Engineers are Mainly Using Raspberry Pi for IoT: Survey

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Price and ease of use are the major reasons why makers and professional engineers choose the Raspberry Pi, says element14 survey

Professional engineers are mainly using the Raspberry Pi for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, according to new insights released by element14 from its global user survey into the market for Raspberry Pi single-board computer.

This is closely followed by industrial automation and control applications. In addition, the other notable applications for which Raspberry Pi is used are robotics, display and consumer applications.

The research points out the widespread use of Raspberry Pi single-board computer by professional engineers in proof-of-concepts (PoCs) and prototyping applications, primarily for IoT, industrial automation and control applications, along with its popularity with the makers.

The research also provides deep insights into the higher percentage of users that get benefits of Raspberry Pi add-on HAT devices that open up numerous new applications, without the requirement to create custom hardware.

One-third of the engineers said that they are using the single-board computer for personal projects. Over one-third of respondents are using the Raspberry Pi for PoCs and prototyping applications. The other uses of Raspberry Pi include test rigs/testing systems and production.

As per the survey, 34 per cent of makers said they use Raspberry Pi particularly in their personal projects.

Price and ease of use

The main reason the makers use Raspberry Pi is due to its price, followed by the performance and familiarity with the product. The favourite accessories for the makers are Pi camera and touchscreen, the survey states.

On the other hand, for professional engineers, ease of use care is a major factor as compared to any other when deciding to use the Raspberry Pi.

Commenting on the findings, Hari Kalyanaraman, Global Head of Single Board Computers for Farnell and element14, said, “This research clearly illustrates the versatility of the Raspberry Pi. The success of Raspberry Pi began with the maker community. A powerful combination of feature set, low cost and a large and active user base has quickly made the Raspberry Pi an attractive platform for engineers looking to develop and deploy a broad range of applications. This survey strongly confirms the widespread adoption of Raspberry Pi by engineers in commercial and industrial environments.”

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