Cliff Emmons, CEO of IIOT-OXYS, Inc. (Oxys) stated, “We’re pleased to announce the first half year of revenue in 2023 was a significant improvement over the same period in 2022 (an increase of 376%) and sustained the revenue momentum achieved throughout 2022. We expect this momentum achieved in the first half of 2023 will continue through the remainder of 2023 – given adequate funding to fuel sales & marketing efforts. Our leadership team also managed costs well, lowering operating expenses by 24%.
Our strong six months revenue and our confidence this momentum will continue through 2023, and beyond, are based on the following factors:
Our current DOT Bridge Monitoring Contract and overall Structural Health Monitoring (“SHM”) vertical is the foundation of our revenue momentum. The current monitoring revenue will continue through the second half of 2023, with the previously approved expansion to continue beyond June. We believe our discussions with our main contractor to the DOT for extensions and expansions have been favorable. We also believe that prospects with our current DOT state, and DOT contacts in two other northeast states bode well for future business in mid-2024. There is still potential for local municipalities in our current northeast state to contribute revenue in the second half of 2023 and into 2024.
Our Smart Manufacturing vertical is benefiting from the progress on our CNC Proof of Concept (“POC”), that successfully concluded in May 2023, and has resulted in a signed Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) contract in June 2023. Public endorsements and promotional videos have begun and more are forthcoming featuring our Smart Manufacturing customer, Precision Metal Products Inc. We believe these endorsements and promotional videos will lead to other paid CNC POCs and additional SaaS contracts, which would contribute to revenue in the second half of 2023 and beyond. It is expected these endorsements will also strengthen our position to secure additional POCs for other discrete manufacturing processes, including metal stamping, plastic injection molding, plastic extrusion, and automated assembly and test.
Our Strategic Partnership development continues to be a “force multiplier” for us. The strength of our Aingura IIoT, S.L. partnership provides supplemental expertise, equipment and software, which ensures we continue to bring value to our customers. We will also continue to develop some of our other previously announced partnerships.
We believe that our business development in these industries has high potential for success, due to the strength of their size and growth. The global smart manufacturing (also known as Industry 4.0) was $97.6 billion in 2022 and will reach $228.3 billion by 2027 (CAGR 18.5%),1 and the worldwide SHM industry was $2.0 billion in 2021 and will reach $4.0 billion by 2027 (CAGR of 14.6%).2
Among our many tailwinds, we do some headwinds. First, we have decided to discontinue our efforts with Aretas Sensor Networks (“Aretas”) in the Indoor Air Quality (“IAQ”) vertical and re-direct those resources to our better performing verticals. The second significant headwind is, since February, we have been unable to raise funds for ongoing operations through our existing financing agreements due to market conditions. Our CEO and COO have not received any compensation since mid-April (their salaries have accrued), and the lack of funds have significantly limited sales and marketing efforts. Our management is working to secure funding from our lead investor to pay for ongoing expenses and the leadership team is considering many options for both the short and long term. These options will depend largely upon our ability to continue to raise funds and implement a marketing and sales plan. In the event we are unable to raise adequate funds, management may need to consider other options such as pursuing suitable companies to merge with or acquire us.
Overall, it is anticipated that revenue momentum will continue through the second quarter of 2023 and that overall total revenue for 2023 will exceed that of 2022. Revenue in Q3 2023 may be less than in the same period in 2022 due to reduced available funds for sales and marketing efforts. However, given the valuable real-world data we have collected, our Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) Machine Learning algorithms we’ve developed, compelling use cases and marketing collateral developed from our data and algorithms, combined with our experienced leadership, savvy technological talent, and operational execution excellence, we believe these goals are achievable, if adequate funding for sales and marketing efforts is secured.