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Survey: IIoT Systems Implementation up Year over Year

BOSTON- January 17, 2024 - HiveMQ, the global leader in enterprise MQTT solutions, today announced the findings of a new report in collaboration with IIoT World, “Building Industrial IoT Systems in 2024”. The survey data provides insights into the trends in technology, processes, and politics of IIoT implementation. 

350 professionals were surveyed across Automotive Manufacturing, Power and Utilities, Renewable Energy, Transportation and Logistics, Smart Cities, and more to share feedback on building IIoT systems. The results demonstrate that industries are embracing IIoT technologies and moving towards full implementation and deployment of IIoT solutions, up from 67% in 2022 to 75% in 2023. 

As budgets for technology investments continue to shrink, more scrutiny is placed on the procurement and interoperability of new software and platforms. With 6 out of ten executives saying it is difficult to quantify investment in technology, more and more professionals are stuck in proof-of-concept purgatory. Industrial automation is no different — over a third of survey respondents said a key challenge for implementing IIoT systems is a lack of budget and uncertain ROI. 

The pressures, challenges, and payoff of IIoT implementations provide an understanding as to why projects succeed or stall. Additional insights from the survey include:

Productivity and efficiency are top of mind for implementation

  • Increased productivity (29%) and improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) (23%) are the top benefits companies expect to gain from implementing IIoT systems.

Hurdles for implementation include security, leadership and ROI

  • Leadership support (38%) and cybersecurity (35%) are the key challenges companies cite in implementing a new IIoT system.

  • A quarter of survey respondents believed that executive leadership (25%) should own the project while nearly a quarter of respondents (23%) believe that a project team combining both OT and IT expertise should spearhead the IIoT strategy.  

MQTT has been identified as a key enabler for these IIoT projects, while data suggests Sparkplug is an emerging data framework.

  • MQTT (57%) and HTTP (58%) are considered to be essential data movement tools for fulfilling IIoT strategies.

  • Sparkplug is still in its infancy but 25% of companies say they have deployed or are looking at using Sparkplug, while 35% say they need to learn more about it.

  • Microsoft Azure (18%) is the leading cloud provider for IIoT systems, followed by Amazon Web Services (17%), and multi-cloud (14%).

“Industrial IoT systems provide the insights and visibility that can deliver incredible business results with the right execution. We see more and more companies improving productivity and showing ROI from their deployments which is highlighted in the survey,” said Christian Meindering, CEO and Co-founder of HiveMQ. “Adopting MQTT and platforms like ours can help them combat technical challenges to successfully implement enterprise-grade IIoT systems built for flexibility, security, and scale.”

For the full report, visit

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