The Internet of Things: New insights from the McKinsey Global Institute

MICHAEL CHUI | March 1, 2016

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McKinsey's Michael Chui discusses the latest research about the potential of the Internet of Things at the O'Reilly Solid Conference. To get a broader view of the IoT’s potential benefits and challenges across the global economy, we analyzed more than 150 use cases, ranging from people whose devices monitor health and wellness to manufacturers that utilize sensors to optimize the maintenance of equipment and protect the safety of workers. Our bottom-up analysis for the applications we size estimates that the IoT has a total potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. At the top end, that level of value—including the consumer surplus—would be equivalent to about 11 percent of the world economy (exhibit).

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