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The Internet of Things By The Numbers: The Year-End View

Around the growth of The Internet of Things there are percentages and then there are the raw numbers.

While the growth percentages are huge by just about any measure, the size of the actual numbers is even more staggering.

Earlier this week, I aggregated many of the percentages around the IoT, as I wrote about here (The Internet Of Things By The Percentages: The Year-End View).

The numbers around The Internet of Things continue to rise, even from a few months back when I did a quarterly tally (The Big Numbers in The Internet of Things).

I thought it now might be useful to take a look at the year-end numbers around The Internet of Things.

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While many of the percentages around growth are huge, they hardly compare to the sheer numbers, either by units or dollars.

So here’s an updated look at the numbers around The Internet of Things, with the source of each at the end:

  • $400 – Average price of a smartwatch. (IDC)
  • 110,000 – Number of beacons deployed by one company in Asia. (Sensoro)
  • 4 Million – Number of Apple watches shipped last quarter. (IDC)
  • 5 Million – Number of Fitbit devices shipped last quarter. (IDC)
  • 11 Million – Number of coupons to be delivered after being triggered by beacons this year. (Juniper Research)
  • 21 Million – Number of wearable devices that shipped last quarter. (IDC)
  • 50 Million – Number of smart gadgets that will be sold around the world this holiday season. (OTA)
  • 73 Million – Number of connected wearables that shipped this year. (Berg Insight)
  • 174 Million – The number of smart homes globally this year. (Gartner)
  • 220 Million – Connected cars on the road in 2020. (BI Intelligence)
  • 228 Million – Connected wearables to be shipped in 2020. (Berg Insight)
  • 339 Million – Number of smart homes next year. (Gartner)
  • 1.2 Billion – The number of connected objects this year. (Gartner)
  • 1.4 Billion – Number of smartphones being shipped this year. (IDC)
  • 1.6 Billion – Number of coupons to be delivered after being triggered by beacons in 2020. (Juniper Research)
  • 5 Billion – Number of connected devices by 2020. (BI Intelligence)
  • 6 Billion – Number of smartphone phone subscription globally in 2021. (Ericsson)
  • 9 Billion – Number of mobile phone subscription globally in 2021. (Ericsson)
  • 21 Billion – Number of connected devices globally by 2020. (Gartner)
  • 28 Billion – Number of connected devices globally in 2021. (Ericsson)
  • 34 Billion – Number of devices connected to the Internet by 2020. (BI Intelligence)
  • $44 Billion – Revenue generated from beacon-triggered messaging in 2020. (BI Intelligence)
  • $546 Billion – Amount of consumer spending for connected objects next year. (Gartner)
  • $669 Billion – Internet of Things spending globally this year. (IDC)
  • $1 Trillion – Consumer spending on The Internet of Things in 2020. (Gartner)
  • $1.3 Trillion – Global Internet of Things spending in four years. (IDC)
  • $6 Trillion – Approximate amount that will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years. (BI Intelligence)

While not all of the forecasts perfectly match, the upward directions all do.

If anyone has doubts about the coming scope of The Internet of Things revolution,  all they have to do is look at the numbers.

2 comments about "The Internet of Things By The Numbers: The Year-End View".
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  1. Mark Westlake from GearBrain, December 16, 2015 at 12:59 p.m.

    Great Year End Report.  Now we just need to educate people on how everything works for them and we should see even bigger numbers next year.

  2. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin, December 16, 2015 at 1:17 p.m.

    Thanks, Mark, and very good point.

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