Why device management presents a risk to IoT adoption at scale

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IoT firm DevicePilot has said that managing internet-enabled devices is a major challenge for the success of the Internet of Things.

The company presented the results of its survey of 50 companies planning IoT application deployments at various scales across different industry sectors, including smart homes and cities, elderly care/wellness, industrial monitoring, retail and public services, refrigeration and energy management.

According to the survey, 'risk to growth' was found to be the most worrying consequence of failed device management, followed by risk to revenue and risk to brand.

These perceptions could explain why some of the more ambitious IoT device predictions have not yet turned into reality. The survey found that just 12% deployed a million or more devices, while 82% deployed just 1,000 devices or less. Just 18% describe their device management as 'highly automated and slick', and 61% expect tenfold growth in the coming year.

Despite these numbers, respondents expect the numbers to grow, with 20% predicting that the number of deployed devices will reach in billions and 70% predicting that it will reach at least millions.

Pilgrim Beart, CEO at DevicePilot, said: "It is clear that most IoT companies are currently managing their connected products manually or by a mixture of manual and automatic processes. But as projects move from pilot to deployment at scale, the time and operational cost of manually logging-in to each device to perform an upgrade or check if it is working becomes a major barrier. Automatic asset management, monitoring and lifetime support are essential for the long term success of the IoT."

DevicePilot unveiled its own device management solution at the end of 2015, continuously monitoring and managing connected devices and presenting a dashboard that indicates the number of deployed devices, their location and who deployed them and the number of devices not working and reasons for non-functionality.

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