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12:45 10 June 2017
IoT is growing quickly and a lot of companies are already at the forefront of this multi-billion industry. Leading the pack are the following:
· Amazon web services, which is currently the biggest cloud provider. In 2015, AWS launched its IoT platform, which uses DynamoDB (the massively-scalable NoSQL database), Kinesis (a real-time streaming service) and S3 (the Simple Storage Service).
· AT&T, which is relying on its broadband network being a key enabler of IoT. It has launched M2X, a cloud-based data storage service and Data Flow, a developmental portal for building applications for the world of IoT.
· Bosch, which is currently making products ranging from home appliances to enterprise software. The company, which said that its products would be connected to the IoT, has built an IoT cloud to process all that data.
· Cisco, which has carved out a range of IoT services ranging from network connectivity and fog computing services to data analytics, security, management and automation.
· Dell – In 2014, Dell opened its IoT Lab in Silicon Valley in partnership with Intel. It is also preparing its infrastructure components for a world of IoT.
· GE – GE’s Industrial Internet of Things plans involve its Asset Performance Management platform and Predix, a cloud-based data and analytics service.
· Google – The company aims to serve the needs of IoT with its fiber-optic back-end network that is combined with its massive public cloud.
· Hitachi Data Systems – The company has partnered with Intel to connect its machine and industrial equipment. It has also rolled out new cloud-based platforms for the collection and analysis of IoT data.
· Huawei – Last year, the company released it LiteOS, a micro operating system for IoT devices. It is taking on the IoT market in Asia and increasingly in the US.
· IBM – The company’s IoT platform combines production environment for applications and cloud-based development.
· Intel – Intel aims to be the company supplying the needed processor chips in the world of IoT. It has recently released new products including Atom processors that are ideal for rich graphic rendering and low-power computing for small-form factor appliances.
· Microsoft – Microsoft recently rolled out an IoT Suite for its Azure public cloud, which allows users to connect, monitor and control devices.
· Oracle – Oracle aims to make its databases and applications to be the platform that its customers will use for the management and analysis of IoT data. It is currently building connections for its SQL, NoSQL and Hadoop databases to ingest IoT data and integrate data back into the company’s applications including CRM, Oracles Sales cloud and Service Cloud.
· PTC – PTC’s acquisition of ThingWorx (an IoT application development platform), Axeda (a cloud service for managing connected devices), and Coldlight (an AI platform used for analyzing data) makes it an important IoT company.
· Salesforce.com, which recently introduced its IoT Cloud, powered by its real-time processing engine named Thunder.
· Samsung – The company has vowed to make all its devices IoT ready by 2020. It is currently developing a series of ARM chips for its devices and with APIs designed to allow its devices to connect to any IoT platform.
· Siemens – The company is building its own customer software (Web of Systems) and is working on connecting all its devices. It has also partnered with SAP to provide analysis.
· Qualcomm – The company is helping to start the AllJoyn initiative, which aims to create an open source protocol for IoT devices.
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