To bring internet of things to mainstream business, there is not only need of innovative ideas and larger IoT development community acceptance but also visionaries who can alleviate internet of things. Major tech players have all the necessary resources as well as the brain power that is needed to develop IoT applications. With Gartner estimating a $300 billion industry out of IoT, domestic as well as industrial IoT companies are making their mark in the domain.
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Internet of things is very complicated and multifaceted domain. Top IoT companies can be divided into Top Industrial IoT companies and Top Consumer IoT Companies based on their focus.
Read on to know which top most IoT companies are in term of resources and technologies in 2016 that should under your scanner.
Top Consumer IoT companies: Amazon Web Services
We Start With Top Consumer IoT Companies First.
Cloud computing infrastructure is an inevitable part of Internet of things. Amazon Web Services is the leading and one of the biggest infrastructure cloud company. It gives Amazon an edge in IoT business competition.
We have covered the features and benefits of AWS IoT platform here before. No wonder Amazon is a major player when it comes to internet of things. Not only with its IoT platform but also an array of other offers like Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB and Lambda. All of these platforms make build IoT applications building a lot easier.
Top Consumer IoT companies: Google
Remember the deal where Google bought Nest (automated thermostat company) for whopping $3.2 billion. This was the moment when the search giant indicated its venture into internet of things.
Google is also working on several other projects to reinforce its place in internet of things. For instance, Google’s Brillo uses Weave which is a language platform especially designed by the company to streamline communication between IoT devices.
Top Consumer IoT companies: Samsung
One of the largest consumer electronics goods manufacturers in the world, Samsung is a well-positioned IoT player.
Samsung smart TVs and Washing Machines are already provided with internet connectivity and data sharing capabilities. Also company acquired an IoT startup Smart Things last year and released SmartThings Hub.
Top Consumer IoT companies: Apple
In segment of internet of things Apple is part of wearable industry and it focusing mainly on the Apple Watch. However the brand has a long way to go before it establishes itself as a major player in Consumer IoT sector.
Another product from Apple is in connected car segment called the CarPlay that connects iPhone-based applications to a vehicle’s head unit.
Top Consumer IoT companies: Microsoft
Microsoft has deepest reach in business and domestic computing. Company wants to make IoT application possible for daily business activities. Microsoft has some products up its sleeves that include customized Windows Embedded operating system. The OS has the data analytics capability. Microsoft Azure is another product which is used in its services like Intelligent Systems.
Next is the list of top industrial IoT companies.
Top Industrial IoT companies: AT&T
Communication network is going to be a major part of internet of things. With most of the telecom companies having internet networks already in place still lack at one aspect. These networks were not designed with needs of IoT applications in mind and lack the flexibility and adaptability.
AT&T is rapidly adapting its network infrastructure to be a fit for internet of things applications. Also the company has partnered with major IoT hardware manufacturers like IBM, Cisco, Intel and GE to become a de facto network provider for their devices.
Currently AT&T is offering IoT solutions for energy management, fleet management, connected cars and some other industrial applications.
Top Industrial IoT companies: Axeda
Machine to Machine technology is somewhat applying concepts of internet of things for long.
Axeda is one of the few companies that are purely working on IoT and M2M technology integration. It is offering cloud based data analytics services to companies to collect and analyze data collected through their devices and sensors remotely.
Top Industrial IoT companies: Cisco
Internet of things is at core of its heart connecting sensors and devices to collect maximum data and analyze it. Routers, networks and communication protocols are what make this connection possible. Let me ask you which company comes to your mind first when I say routers and communication protocols. CISCO, bingo! You got it right.
With its large network of router networks, application-centric networking software and embedded switches, Cisco is automatically a major player among IoT companies.
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Top Industrial IoT companies: Facebook
Facebook’s inclusion in our list of IoT companies may raise some eyebrows but behold. Not a conventional IoT company, still Facebook is already creating waves in IoT connectivity.
IoT environment is very much dependent on personal preferences of people. Being a Social Network with vast outreach, Facebook knows a lot about our preferences and has data that can be a lot valuable to advertisers and service providers.
Officially, Facebook has made a clear indication towards its interest in internet of things during the 2015 F8 developer conference. It announced Parse developer kit, (Parse is a back-end mobile platform company Facebook acquired in 2013) that allows development of IoT capable apps supporting chip manufactures like Broadcom, Atmel and Intel.
Top Industrial IoT companies: GE
GE Predix is an IoT platform that brings the company in the list. This IoT platform allows integration of machine generated data with cloud and traditional databases. GE has already IoT solutions on offer for industries like airline fuel optimization, hospital operation management, energy management and transportation.
Schneider Electric is in competition with GE to make its place in IoT in same domains as its competitor.
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Top Industrial IoT companies: HP
To tap the potential of the internet of things, HP made a move by acquiring Aruba Networks. Company aims to introduce line of connected routers and switches as parts of its internet of things hardware product offering.
Top Industrial IoT companies: IBM
IBM is never behind to make it big in technologies that specifically involve IT. There are some excellent IoT products offering by IBM that include:
- BlueMix- IoT app development platform for data collection and analysis
- MessageSight- M2M messaging platform
- MobileFirst – Enabling mobile capabilities in objects
SVP for IBM Analytics, Bob Picciano, explains “Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result.”
Companies like CGI and Wipro are the closest competition for IBM.
Top Industrial IoT companies: Intel
Hardware manufacturing giant, Intel is one of those companies that have capability to advance the progress of internet of things by many years. Currently company is offering processors like Xeon for heavy data processing and QuarkSoC X1000 for low capacity processing. Both these processors are highly energy efficient which is a must for IoT application development.
ARM is ready to take on Intel with its new chips soon to be revealed designed specifically for IoT environment.
Top Industrial IoT companies: Microsoft
Microsoft with its products like Microsoft Azure is making in the list of top industrial IoT companies as well. With its embedded OS it can simply create a valuable data collection and processing hub in no time.
Top Industrial IoT companies: Oracle
IoT will not only produce massive data like never before but will also pose a challenge to store and retrieve data at the same time. Oracle is well aware of this challenge and has a suite of services on offer.
Oracle is offering a platform to enable java embedding in sensors and devices and Oracle Integrated Cloud, a middleware platform for storing and capturing data. Providing real time IoT data is one of the major aims company is focusing on right now.
Top Industrial IoT companies: SAP
SAP’s answer for Internet of Things needs is S/4 HANA.
S/4 HANA is a streamlined business suite which is centralized in-memory platform designed for IoT. This cloud based platform offers real time insights as well as open APIs to develop IoT applications.
Top Industrial IoT companies: Salesforce.com
Salesforce knows the potential of internet of things for marketers. With deeper insights of customers marketers can increase business prospects exponentially. According to the company IoT is not only about connecting machines and devices but also about connected marketing and product analysis.
Salesforce IoT Cloud is the product company is offering with same set of interests in mind.
Top Industrial IoT companies: Qualcomm
AllJoyn is the product Qualcomm has worked on. It is an open source framework for internet of things that aims at offering a standard protocol for uniting different IoT devices. Qualcomm says efforts for enabling connection of devices to internet are many but presence of platforms like AllJoyn is important for standardizing the process.
Focus of Qualcomm in IoT is based on wearables, automotive, education and healthcare.