IIoT held back by long project lead times

Mark Lambe

When it comes to IIoT projects, the journey from prototype to production environment can be a long slog, new survey claims.

Over half of IT professionals (57 percent) say it could take six months or longer for an industrial IoT (IIoT) project to go from prototype to production, according to a survey carried out by IoT technology company Asavie. One in four respondents (26 percent), meanwhile, are a little more aggressive on timescales, claiming the process could take three months. Thirteen percent said they do not know how long it might take. It’s worth noting, however, that the survey base is pretty small – totalling just 79 respondents – and also skewed towards those actively researching IIoT, since those polled were participants in Asavie webinars during May and June this year.

Forging ahead

Among the group, IoT adoption is already underway, with six out of ten working on IoT implementations. Twenty percent plan to implement an IoT project in 2017 or 2018. The remaining 20 percent, however, do not know when they might have a live IoT project. Half of survey respondents are considering deploying an IoT edge gateway as part of their IoT projects and 57 percent intend to use the private cloud for routing data from IoT devices.

Respondents were also asked about the protocols used by sensors on their IoT networks, with multiple responses accepted. The survey found that 84 per cent are using cellular connectivity. Forty percent are using low-power WAN (LPWAN) technology (including LoRA, NB-IoT and Sigfox); 36 percent are using ZigBee; 32 percent Wi-Fi; and 28 percent Bluetooth.

Projects in peril?

According to Hugh Carroll, vice president of marketing at Asavie: “The lengthy time span required for industrial IoT projects to go from prototype to production negatively impacts innovation and revenue generation.”

Meanwhile, a survey released last month by Cisco found that six out of ten IoT projects fail at the proof-of-concept stage. Of those that do make it into production, only one in four (26 percent) are considered a complete success, according the poll of 1,845 IT and business decision-makers worldwide.

Original Published in Internet of Business By Rene Millman –