IoT Technologies Will Improve Industrial Risk Management

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Executive Summary

This report provides risk managers across engineering, maintenance and safety teams with an overview of the future role that Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will play in shaping new industrial risk management frameworks. These digital technologies have the potential to mitigate industrial risks in a field that has ample room for improvement, as recent industrial disasters have shown. While these technologies are still in a nascent stage of deployment, some early success stories have emerged that show how they can reduce risk and maintenance costs while keeping industrial assets up and running longer.

Table of contents

IoT Technologies Will Overcome Intractable Risks
Industrial Risk Management Has Ample Scope For Improvement
Digital Technologies Have The Potential To Deliver A New Industrial Risk Management Framework
Success Stories Point To The Viability Of An IoT Strategy For Industrial Risk Management

About the authors

Dennis Callaghan

Principal Analyst

Dennis is a Principal Analyst at Verdantix, contributing to both the Operational Excellence and Smart Buildings practices. His current research agenda focuses on covering asset performance management technologies across both industrial and smart buildings use cases, including Internet of Things monitoring and data analysis. Dennis has over 10 years’ experience in industry research and strategy. He previously worked at 451 Research, where he led that firm’s coverage of application performance management and IT service and asset management technologies. He has written about technology as a journalist, industry analyst or marketer for more than 20 years. Dennis holds a BA in journalism from Duquesne University.

David Metcalfe


David is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix – including 4 leading the New York office – he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions and international growth. David was previously SVP Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis & Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

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