IoT adoption in industrial and warehouse buildings still at early stage

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Just over 10% of warehouse professionals have programmes underway or being planned for IoT adoption, according to a Daintree Networks report.

Daintree Networks collaborated with Peerless Research Group (PRG) on behalf of Modern Materials Handling for this survey of the IoT adoption in warehouse and industrial buildings.

Despite the fact that IoT adoption is still nascent in this sector, 30% of the hundreds of warehouse professionals surveyed agreed that IoT is a reality in the industry today. This suggests that IoT is no long limited to just a concept in the sector, but is moving to the real world in warehouse and industrial environment.

Additionally, a total of 91% of surveyed professionals have environmental initiatives planned or implemented, 70% plan on setting up new controls, fixtures and/or lighting, 32% plan on using thermostat and lighting controls for employee comfort, just 3% think of IoT as hype, and around 60% think that IoT is vital to improve operational efficiency.

The report also highlights challenges to IoT adoption. Among the respondents, 47% noted that a lack of funds was the key hurdle, while around 45% said that they lack visibility into their energy usage. Another 21% said that they do not know how much they would spend on energy management.

Mandeep Khera, VP of Marketing and Channels, Daintree Networks, said: "The full survey includes valuable insights regarding organisational challenges, planned green initiatives, and perspectives on employee comfort and more, but the IoT information was the most compelling."

He adds: "While the overall understanding of the concept is still low, it's changing. Over half of the respondents are now familiar with the IoT, and a significant portion believe the IoT will be very important to operational efficiency. It is clear that warehouse decision-makers still need more information and education about IoT.

"But the results confirm that an increasing number of decision makers understand that by adopting IoT technologies, organisations can monitor multiple applications and leverage control solutions to enable greater energy efficiencies and reduce costs."

To know more about the Daintree report, click here.

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