IoT in utilities market is majorly driven by the rising adoption of smart meters. Smart meters provide real-time information about energy transmission and consumption. It is also boosting local and micro production of energy such as wind turbines and solar panels, which creates a platform for new revenue streams and improves efficiency of production and distribution. Furthermore, importance of IoT is rising in the energy sector due to the smart meter, as it enables digital measurement of consumer data. Decentralization of the energy sector is a key factor driving the IoT in utilities market. Some trends that are driving the adoption of IoT technologies in the utilities industry are regulation compliance & operational efficiency, strong customer relationships & new revenue streams, development of digital business models, and automatic meter reading.
A few restraining factors that are likely to hamper the IoT in utilities market are insufficiency of technically skilled workforce and a lack of standards. Increasing incidents of cyber security breaches across the industry is expected to restrain the IoT in utilities market.
The global IoT in utilities market can be segmented based on component, platform, and application. Based on component, the market can be classified into hardware, software, and services. The hardware segment can be further divided into sensors, RFID, connected devices, and others. The software segment can be bifurcated into on-premise and cloud. The services segment can be further sub-segmented into managed and professional services. In terms of platform, the market can be classified into network management, device management, and application management.
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Based on application, the IoT in utilities market can be bifurcated into electricity grid management, gas management, and water & waste management. The IoT in utilities market in emerging economies, especially in Europe and Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness expansion at a considerable growth rate during the forecast period. The market in Asia pacific is expanding owing to the rising demand for smart metering solutions and efforts to promote smart buildings & cities. Furthermore, the IoT in utilities market in APAC is likely to expand due to the presence of a significant number of gas & electricity production facilities in the region. North America is expected to dominate the global market for IoT in utilities during the forecast period due to increasing adoption of smart connected devices and technological advancements in the region.