As the opportunity for the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to attract new vendors to the market they are now in a better position to capitalise on the IoT opportunity as they hedge their bets on globalising, says IDC.

A new ranking by the analyst group of G20 countries based on suitability and preparedness for the IoT opportunity helps vendors by creating a weighted, single, ordered point of guidance for vendors looking to globalise IoT.

“The market potential from the increasing adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions is not a regional phenomenon,” says Vernon Turner, senior vice-president, Infrastructure & Sustainability Research at IDC.

“IDC expects the IoT technology and services halo effect on business to generate global revenue from $4,8-trillion in 2012 to $8,9-trillion by 2020, growing at a 7,9% CAGR.”

IDC predicts IoT will increasingly become a global phenomenon, led very visibly by countries in the G20. The opportunity is calling for vendors in the IoT ecosystem to first and foremost innovate and implement solutions that yield operational efficiencies in the top-tier countries. IDC’s G20 ranking through the lens of the IoT puts forth the US and South Korea as the number one and number two most-prepared countries for IoT, respectively.

“The IDC G20 Index presented through the lens of the IoT reveals just how far and above the top-tier countries are as opportunities for vendors in the space,” says Denise Lund, research director, Mobile Enterprise Services and IoT.

“The top five countries collectively astound with their share of investment in key technologies and energy consumption. These countries are at the intersection of need for the efficiencies that IoT solutions bring and are more likely to have the mindset for and availability of technologies that align and intersect with IoT use cases.”

This IDC study, The G20 through the Internet of Things (IoT) Lens, outlines the methodology and results for ranking the G20 countries according to their readiness for Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities.

The study describes each of the criteria used in the ranking, as well as the weighting scheme applied that creates the ultimate ranking of the more versus less ripe countries for IoT opportunities. The rank ordered G20 countries are presented as the study result.