Smart cities will use 1.6 billion connected things in 2016, an increase of 39% from this year, according to a recent report from Gartner Inc.

Smart commercial buildings will be the biggest users of the Internet of Things (IoT) until 2017, after which smart homes will take the lead with just over 1 billion connected things in 2018, said Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice president at Gartner. IoT creates a unified view of facilities management and advanced service operations through the collection of data and insights from a multitude of sensors, Gartner says.

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