A report from Gartner said around 1.7 billion things will be connected in 2016, an increase of 39 percent over this year.

Bettina Tratz-Ryan, a research VP at Garner, said: “Smart commercial buildings will be the highest user of internet of things (IoT) until 2017, after which smart homes will take the lead with just over one billion connected things in 2018.”

LED lighting will be 24 percent of the IoT market for smart cities.

The connected things, apart from buildings will be in healthcare, public services, transport systems, and utilities.

Tratz-Ryan continued: “Devices and wireless standards will be embedded in more devices. Homes will move from being interconnected to information and smart enabled, and integrated services environment that will provide value to the home and individual ambience.”