India and The Internet of Things

In the Indian context, there is a broad consensus among technology vendors, analysts and other stakeholders that the Internet of Things will have a significant impact on the technology landscape in the coming years given the massive number of industries and consumers present in there. IoT adaptation in India is booming from commercial spaces to the vast arrays of panels in the world’s largest solar plant.

Logistics and fleet telematics

The e-commerce sector is a key driver for the logistics industry throughout India. With growth and consolidation, logistics companies would be looking to better leverage technology to drive efficiency in operations and IoT could play a key role. It can be done by putting in sensors into the trucks, so that fleet owners can get information on how the vehicles are used and use cloud services to predict potential breakdowns.


The potential for the IT industry to leverage existing strengths in cloud mobility and IoT for the railways is massive. In the Proposed Investment Plan (2015-2019), IT research has been assigned Rs 5,000 crore rupees (~$1 billion). This will include the integration of train control and asset management applications.


The United Nations (FAO) says that the food production worldwide should see a 70% increase by 2050 to cater the ever growing population. And the experts believe that the IoT could play a crucial role in meeting this need. Combined with big data, it can do so by improving the efficient use of inputs like soil, fertilizers and pesticides, monitoring the livestock, predicting diseases, scanning storage capacities like water tanks, and making sure that crops are fed and watered well. It shows an overall potency to increase the productivity with a reduced cost.

Smart Cities

There is a significant scope for growth of the IoT in multiple government and utility services. There were signs of some vendor activity last year, Tech Mahindra announced a tie-up with Bosch Software Innovations, to develop an ecosystem to enable innovative solutions for the connected world and connected enterprises.

Industrial supply chain

Indian manufacturing sector has seen a significant growth in IT adoption. IoT applications for the manufacturing sector whether it is automation or supply chain management would be a key growth areas in India. Reduce asset loss. Know about product issues in time to find a solution. Save fuel costs. Optimize fleet routes by monitoring traffic conditions. Ensure temperature stability. Monitor the cold chain – according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about one third of food perishes in transit every year. Manage warehouse stock. Monitor inventory to reduce out-of-stock situations. Gain user insight. Embedded sensors provide visibility into customer behavior and product usage.

Consumer electronics

With a renaissance of the Internet’s glory on the currents of the Internet of Things techno cyclone, we have now entered into an unprecedented era in which consumer products and electronic devices — these so called connected devices — communicate bi-directionally with each other without human interaction. This development has resulted in a myriad of such connected devices becoming available from different manufacturers and, naturally, a need for a middle layer that can elegantly bind them together into, for example, a custom-fitted smart home IoT solution or a smart office IoT ecosystem.

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