UK public sector lagging behind in taking IoT beyond pilot, says survey

UK public sector lagging behind in taking IoT beyond pilot, says Yotta survey. The UK’s public sector is lagging behind in adopting Internet of things (IoT) with almost three-quarters, at 74%, yet to make use of the emerging technology commercially, according to a research from technology company Yotta.

The survey commissioned by Yotta found that 39% of public sector organisations did run pilots but could not go beyond that with any live commercial deployments. On the other hand, more than a third, that is 35% of the surveyed public sector IT decision-makers indicated that their organisations are yet to start off with the technology.

The survey also found that public sector IT decision-makers believe security concerns to be the biggest obstacles faced by councils in making effective use of IoT-driven technology.

Almost four out of 10 of respondents, at 38%, voted security concerns as the main challenge, while more than a third, at 35% cited perceived cost of implementations as the reason for not deploying the technology.

Other prime concerns for using IoT are lack of skilled in-house expertise, at 34%, and integration challenges with existing systems, which was referenced by 31% of the surveyed public sector IT decision-makers.