Gartner Says 5.8 Billion Enterprise and Automotive IoT Endpoints Will Be in Use in 2020

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Gartner, Inc. forecasts that the enterprise and automotive Internet of Things (IoT) market* will grow to 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020, a 21% increase from 2019. By the end of 2019, 4.8 billion endpoints are expected to be in use, up 21.5% from 2018.

 

Utilities will be the highest user of IoT endpoints, totaling 1.17 billion endpoints in 2019, and increasing 17% in 2020 to reach 1.37 billion endpoints. “Electricity smart metering, both residential and commercial will boost the adoption of IoT among utilities,” said Peter Middleton, senior research director at Gartner. “Physical security, where building intruder detection and indoor surveillance use cases will drive volume, will be the second largest user of IoT endpoints in 2020.”

 

Building automation, driven by connected lighting devices, will be the segment with the largest growth rate in 2020 (42%), followed by automotive and healthcare, which are forecast to grow 31% and 29% in 2020, respectively (see Table 1). In healthcare, chronic condition monitoring will drive the most IoT endpoints, while in automotive, cars with embedded IoT connectivity will be supplemented by a range of add-on devices to accomplish specific tasks, such as fleet management.

 

Table 1

IoT Endpoint Market by Segment, 2018-2020, Worldwide (Installed Base, Billions of Units)

Segment 2018 2019 2020
Utilities 0.98 1.17 1.37
Government 0.40 0.53 0.70
Building Automation 0.23 0.31 0.44
Physical Security 0.83 0.95 1.09
Manufacturing & Natural Resources 0.33 0.40 0.49
Automotive 0.27 0.36 0.47
Healthcare Providers 0.21 0.28 0.36
Retail & Wholesale Trade 0.29 0.36 0.44
Information 0.37 0.37 0.37
Transportation 0.06 0.07 0.08
Total 3.96 4.81 5.81

Source: Gartner (August 2019)

 

Top Use-Case Opportunities Vary by Region

Similar to 2019, residential electricity smart metering, which can be used for more accurate metering and billing in the home, will be the top use case for Greater China and Western Europe in 2020, and will represent 26% and 12% of total IoT endpoints, respectively. North America, in comparison, will see its highest IoT endpoint adoption in building intruder detection, such as door and window sensors, which will represent 8% of total IoT endpoints.

 

North America and Greater China Have the Biggest Market for Endpoint Electronics Revenue

In 2020, revenue from endpoint electronics will total $389 billion globally and will be concentrated over three regions: North America, Greater China and Western Europe. These three regions will represent 75% of the overall endpoint electronics revenue. North America will record $120 billion, Great China will achieve $91 billion and Western Europe will come in third totaling $82 billion in 2020.

 

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