Home automation to gain further traction
With the release of Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit, Google Home - all pushing for smart home - we think it’s safe to say that more and more smart devices (IoT) will be hitting the market in the next year or two.
With a large variety of standards fighting for their place in the IoT market, the battle for supremacy is set to continue throughout next year and almost certainly beyond. As with VHS vs Betamax, it will probably be the size of the supporting organisations that determines who the victors are.
Industrial equipment monitoring
We predict that the industrial sector will make a push towards the connected monitoring of equipment.
Predictive maintenance will be a big driver in industrial automation for 2017. More new products will support remote management and status reporting while existing products will have these features retro-fitted to them. The benefits of being able to more easily find and fix potential issues and diagnose problems when something does go wrong means we anticipate significant growth in the area during 2017.