The adoption of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) among companies in Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMEAP) region was more than 35 percent, said Vodafone M2M Barometer report.
M2M adoption globally was 27 percent.
Justin Nelson, Vodafone Asia Pacific head of Machine-to-Machine business, said: “Across all markets in this region, we see heightened interest and adoption of M2M among companies to improve business performance as well as to turn these improvements into exportable products and services.”
A significant majority of early adopters are already seeing clear business advantages from M2M deployment. 81 percent of those surveyed have expanded their use of M2M technologies over the last year. 59 percent of companies report a significant return on investment from M2M, and 83 percent see M2M as a source of competitive advantage.
Nearly 24 percent of the smaller SMEs (100-249 employees) use M2M, compared to 35 percent of organizations with over 50,000 employees.
Simon Chen, CEO of International Cleaning Equipment (ICE), a medium sized business with a manufacturing base in China and serving customers globally, said: “M2M is a game-changer in the commercial cleaning industry because it allows our customers to better manage their resources to meet the required expectations.”
The global adoption of M2M among retail sector has increased 88 percent. Retailers are using the technology for new payments services as well as digital signage in stores and driving efficiencies in logistics. Healthcare sector’s M2M usage grew 47 percent, the utilities sector up 32 percent and automotive industry achieved 14 percent year-on-year increase in M2M adoption.
Analysys Mason Asia Pacific Programme Lead Sherrie Huang said in addition to the economic boom in the region, the lack of regulatory hurdles and legacy infrastructure and the proactive role played by governments in many markets in pushing IoT as a matter of national policy are key reasons for accelerated deployment.