Middle East and Africa to spend $8bln on IoT in 2017

Middle East organizations are adopting the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technology infrastructure to drive the wider region’s $8 billion market, global IoT enabler SAP recently announced.

As the inter-connected IoT era advances, Middle East organizations are forced to manage a vast network of connected devices, wearables, and physical objects — from cars to oil drills. Using machine-to-machine technology, organizations can provide a secure, usable infrastructure that shares machine and sensor data for actionable information in real-time.

In the Middle East and Africa, the IoT spend is set to reach $8 billion in 2017, according to a recent report by IDC. In particular, the highest-spending industry verticals include manufacturing and transportation, both at $1.3 billion, and utilities at $918 million.

“Every industry vertical in the Middle East is set to be transformed by the Internet of Things — from smart utilities predicting service outages, to health care providers predicting patient treatments,” said Gergi Abboud, managing director for the Gulf, Levant, North Africa, and Pakistan at SAP.

He added: “The strength of an Internet of Things use case improves exponentially when you unleash the connectivity between all of the ‘things’ inside and outside of an enterprise across its supply chain. Hence, a secure Internet of Things platform on the cloud becomes vital for supporting next generation applications, which can scale up quickly and easily.”

About 82 percent of organizations see the Internet of Things as “strategic” or “transformational” to their business, according to a recent survey by IDC.

In the Middle East, SAP is seeing strong demand for the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system.

SAP Leonardo provides breakthrough technologies and services that lets organizations take advantage of embedded IoT capabilities and other technology innovations on the cloud.

SAP is already working closely with Middle East organizations on IoT co-innovations, such as a remote inspection robot for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and Emirates NBD bank on augmented reality housing loans.

SAP’s global IoT customers include Italy’s Trenitalia, Buenos Aires, Argentina to prevent floods, and the Hamburg Port Authority for smart port logistics.