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Poll Result: Community Expects Rapid Growth in M2M / Internet of Things (IoT)

Posted by editor on March 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM PST

The results of the last-completed poll indicate that the attention being given to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication at recent conferences like JavaOne and Jfokus (both of which included an Embedded Java mini-conference) is much warranted. A total of 464 votes were cast in the poll. The exact question and results were:

What's your view on the future of machine-to-machine (M2M) interaction, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT)?

  • 70% (325 votes) - Growth in this area will explode in the next decade or so
  • 6% (30 votes) - It will gain more attention now, but the inherent problems will limit growth
  • 3% (12 votes) - I don't expect much change from where things stand now
  • 5% (22 votes) - These are just the latest meaningless buzzwords
  • 3% (12 votes) - I don't know what will happen in this technology space
  • 6% (27 votes) - I have no idea what this terminology refers to
  • 8% (36 votes) - Other

These results surprise me. While polls aren't scientific, when I create them, my intention is always to have a selection of options each of which will be representative of the views of quite a few people. If I make a poll, and a strong majority selects a single option, I wonder if perhaps I could have, or should have tried to, divide that option into multiple options. Of course, that's not always readily possible, logically.

In the case of this poll, it does surprise me that such a strong majority thinks growth in the M2M/IoT/embedded area will "explode" in the next decade. I attended many Jfokus Embedded sessions earlier this month, and in those sessions many of the speakers talked about the unique problems the embedded area entails -- ranging from proprietary protocols that have long been in place, to government regulations, to the vast variety of hardware platforms, ... There are a great many issues that are difficult to deal with could really hamper progress in this area, from what I heard at Jfokus Embedded. That, of course, was my reason for the second option: "It will gain more attention now, but the inherent problems will limit growth." But only 6% of voters selected that.

It was encouraging that only 6% of voters were unaware of the terminology. But, we also don't know what the people who selected "Other" think (no comments were posted); and, many people who didn't know what the poll question was about probably simply chose not to cast a vote.

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