19 Numbers That Explain the Internet of Things

The world of connected devices is growing ... fast. These numbers offer some much-needed perspective on the future of government.

With more than 350 million public employees, nearly all governments stand to benefit from the Internet of Things. The connectivity trend is growing quickly, with more devices collecting more data than ever before. But how will this industry look in the next few years? Here are a few numbers to put the enormous potential of the Internet of Things into perspective.

7% Crime reduction in the U.K. as a result of smart lighting (Source)
40% Savings on waste collection in Finland, where garbage cans send a signal when pickup is needed (Source)
60% Percentage of cars that will be connected by 2027 (Source)
60% Boston’s energy savings achieved by dimming street lights when there is no traffic (Source)
200MB The amount of data transmitted annually by a “connected” cow in the Netherlands (Source)
$950 Savings per court appearance in the United States through the use of video technology (Source)
2008 The year that connected devices surpassed the number of humans on the planet (Source)
2020 The year by which Volvo aims to eliminate car accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities (Source)
2,800 Number of vehicles involved in the Transportation Department’s connected-vehicle study (Source)
$25 million The cost of the Transportation Department's connected-vehicle study (Source)
$3.2 billion Amount Google paid to acquire Nest (Source)
10 billion Number of connected devices in 2013 (Source)
50 billion Estimated number of connected devices in 2020 (Source)
$300 billion Value of the machine-to-machine technology industry by 2020 (Source)
$412 billion Estimated savings in citizen experiences (Source)
$1.5 trillion Estimated savings in connected militarized defense over 10 years (Source)
$1.8 trillion Estimated savings in productivity in the public sector over 10 years (Source)
340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 The number of unique IP addresses possible with IPv6 protocol (Source)
Jan 22 2014