Over 90% Indians expect IoT devices to simplify lives: Survey

The survey was conducted across 2,000 respondents from 12 cities across the country to gauge people's awareness levels around the concept of the IoT.

  • Published: February 23, 2018 10:30 AM IST

Nearly 91.1 percent people in the country are keen to experience a reality where Internet of Things (IoT) devices could make their lives simpler as they would be able to monitor and manage their home appliances remotely in real time, says a report.

The report ‘India IoT’ published by Tata Communications revealed that more than 65 percent people suffer anxiety over leaving lights on when they are away from home, and believe that connected technology could help alleviate this anxiety.

The survey was conducted across 2,000 respondents from 12 cities across the country to gauge people’s awareness levels around the concept of the IoT.

“While only 14.2 percent of the respondents are completely aware of the concept of IoT, over a third (34.6 percent) associate it primarily with smartphones. Only 14.5 percent of the respondents currently associate IoT with improved public services and 9.6 percent believe IoT could help enhance access to public services,” it said.

It noted that home is the principal environment where people expect IoT to make a significant difference.

While men seem to stress more about leaving the lights on than women, both men (51 percent) and women (50 percent) believe equally in IoT’s potential to help make their lives simpler when it came to domestic chores.

About 75.3 percent of those surveyed said they would be excited to invest in a technology that means they never have to worry about re-stocking the fridge with regular supplies themselves.

Almost 29.1 percent of the respondents, cited improved healthcare as a key takeaway, closely followed by reducing traffic congestion (28.7 percent) and lowering pollution levels to protect the environment.

Nearly 81.2 percent agreed that it is entirely plausible that they could live in a world where their children’s health records are entirely automated and updated in real time and accessible to a doctor anywhere when required.

“IoT has the power to make our lives less stressful, fire the engines of productivity, reduce energy consumption, improve healthcare, and create new disruptive business models.

Yet, there needs to be a greater awareness of the many ways in which IoT could change society for the better and make it safer too. Greater awareness will help spur demand for new IoT services,” Tata Communications Senior Vice President and Head Internet of Things VS Shridhar said.

Both developed economies and emerging markets are at different life-cycles in their rate of adoption of IoT technology. In India, there is a gradual surge in adoption and a growth in demand across the nation.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

  • Published Date: February 23, 2018 10:30 AM IST