BRUSSELS, November 7, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Eclipse Foundationone of the world’s largest open source software foundations, today announced the results of its 2023 IoT and Edge Developer Survey. Managed by the Eclipse IoT Working Group and the Eclipse Spark Plug Working Group, the survey provides essential insights into the IoT and edge computing industry landscapes, challenges faced by developers, and opportunities for enterprise stakeholders in the IoT and edge open source ecosystem. Now in its ninth year, the survey is the leading technical survey in the IoT and edge industry.
“This year’s results turned up some very interesting trends, particularly those related to real-world use cases and technology options,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “What is clear is that developers are actively creating production solutions leveraging open source technologies to address current IoT challenges in industrial, agricultural and municipal environments.”
The online survey was conducted from April 4, 2023 to July 5, 2023, during which 1,037 developers, managers, architects and global decision makers from a wide range of industries and organizations participated. Key findings include:
- Development is increasing in all IoT sectors. Industrial automation is once again the main area of focus (33%, up from 22%), followed by agriculture (29%, up from 23%), building automation, energy management, and smart cities (all at 24%).
- Developers indicate that Java is the preferred language for IoT gateways and edge nodes, while C, C++, and Java are the most commonly used languages for restricted devices.
- MQTT is the main IIoT communication protocol. Nearly half of developers (49%) indicate a preference for MQTT for IIoT communications, with MQTT + Sparkplug clocking in at 8%.
- The withdrawal of IoT Middleware vendors has created an opportunity for innovators to enter the market. Google Cloud IoT Platform, Bosch IoT Suite, IBM Watson IoT and SAP Internet of Things exited the market in 2022 or announced their intention to do so. While nearly half of respondents indicated a relationship with one or more of these providers, only 12% have migrated to a new provider.
- Control logic (40%) surpassed artificial intelligence (37%) as the most common edge computing workload. Does this imply a renewed focus on the practical aspects of delivering real-world solutions? Only time will tell.
- Software supply chain security has become an essential issue for IoT/edge developers. 70% say it is vital for their work.
- 5G is enabling accelerated adoption of IIoT. Mobile adoption has doubled since 2022 (44% vs. 22% in 2022) largely due to 5G penetration, while WiFi (38% vs. 36% in 2022), Ethernet (38% vs. 29% in 2022) and Bluetooth (23% vs 20% in 2022) remain viable options.
The survey data contains more information on developer options for edge computing workloads, platform connectivity, developer concerns, and use case breakdowns by market. Additionally, the report provides use case breakdowns by market and detailed recommendations on next steps for IoT developers. The full report can be downloaded here.
About Eclipse IoT
Eclipse IoT’s knowledge and experience spans over 12 years of experience in edge computing, IoT, and industrial IoT. Eclipse IoT is home to open source innovation that has led to implementations of some of the industry’s most popular IoT protocols. CoAP (Eclipse Californium), DDS (Eclipse Cyclone DDS), LwM2M (Eclipse Leshan), MQTT (Eclipse Paho, Eclipse Mosquitto and Eclipse Amlen) and OPC UA (Eclipse Milo) are part of the Eclipse IoT ecosystem. The Eclipse IoT toolkit also contains an innovative protocol built from the ground up for edge computing: Eclipse Zenoh. In addition to other popular production-ready Eclipse IoT platforms covering various use cases such as digital twins (Eclipse Ditto), contactless payments (Eclipse Keyple), industrial applications (Eclipse Kura), as well as Eclipse Kapua, a modular IoT cloud that manages data and devices. Eclipse IoT is also home to innovative edge orchestration platforms such as Eclipse ioFog and Eclipse Kanto.
To learn more about how to participate in Eclipse IoT, Edge Native, Sparkplug, or other Eclipse Foundation working groups, visit the Foundation membership page. Working group members benefit from a wide range of services, including exclusive access to detailed industry research results, marketing support, and expert open source governance.
For more information related to IoT and Edge, visit iot.eclipse.org.
About the Eclipse Foundation
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