A lack of relevant skills within the transport sector has emerged as one of the key barriers to adoption of IIoT solutions. While the industry is ahead of its counterparts in energy, agriculture and mining, still 70 per cent of respondents rank as either laggards or starters when it comes to the state of their IIoT skills base. This is one area in particular that will need to be addressed if transport businesses are to capture the full value of IIoT.

Does the energy sector have the skills it needs for IIoT? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

Does the energy sector have the skills it needs for IIoT? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

The mass transit sector faces a damaging lack of skills in data analytics

59%

report that they require additional staff with security expertise

Reflecting the skills shortage that is seen across many industries, 34 per cent of transport businesses reported that lack of in-house skills was a barrier to IIoT adoption, just behind security implications.

This concern around security was further highlighted when respondents were asked to identify the skills they most required to accelerate their IIoT deployment; 59 per cent reported that they required additional staff with  security expertise, the highest rated skillset. 46 per cent of respondents cited a lack of staff with experience in data science and analytics, suggesting that without the right staff in place, transport businesses will struggle to make best use of the vast reams of data collected by their IIoT solutions.

WHAT ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC SKILLS DO YOU THINK YOUR ORGANISATION NEEDS TO DELIVER IIOT SOLUTIONS? (%)

Security Skills
Analytical/data science skills
Planning skills
Technical support skills
Decision-making skills
Management skills

WHAT ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC SKILLS DO YOU THINK YOUR ORGANISATION NEEDS TO DELIVER IIOT SOLUTIONS? (%)

Security Skills
Analytical/data science skills
Planning skills
Technical support skills
Decision-making skills
Management skills

Skills shortages are particularly acute in certain sub-sectors of the transport industry. The mass transit sector faces a damaging lack of skills in data analytics, with nine in ten reporting a lack of staff skilled in this area, while 90 per cent of the containers industry required additional staff to provide technical support.

This skills shortage is also evident in the businesses’ concerns around their IIoT deployments. Mass transit businesses cited a lack of skilled staff to extract and use the data as the top reason they weren’t able to profit from their IIoT data. Similarly, with 90 per cent of the containers industry lacking sufficient technical support, it is no surprise to see that the sector shows the lowest rate of IIoT adoption.

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