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A fifth of cars will have joined the IoT by 2020 - and kitchens will be next

Margi Murphy | Jan. 28, 2015
A fifth of all cars will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020 - amounting to over a quarter billion vehicles on roads worldwide, Gartner's analysts have predicted.

Connected kitchen appliances will save food and drink manufacturers 15 percent by 2020, analyst Satish RM said.

"The connected kitchen creates digital business opportunities at several levels in the food supply chain and retail food service," he said.

"A real-time inventory data collection from sensors related to kitchen ingredients enables automated generation and ordering of shopping lists, resulting in a streamlined and efficient inventory and optimised supply chain management."

Thinking of building an IoT strategy?
A lack of dominant IoT vendors is problematic, Gartner said.

"Many standards and ecosystems for the IoT are still in development and some of the vendors and ecosystems may fail during the working lifetime of current IoT projects," said Alfonso Velosa, research director at Gartner.

"CIOs will need to ensure their prime system integrator has a strategy to future-proof their project. This is especially critical if the project involves infrastructure that may be in the field for decades. A gateway-based architecture will be a key approach to future-proofing IoT projects."


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