What are the companies involved with IoT
The most powerful IoT companies
The Internet of Things inspires the fantasies of users, companies and technology providers. The countless possibilities to continuously monitor and measure people, things and processes in our physical world with the help of electronic and digital systems have triggered a veritable innovation euphoria.
Company in the IoT gold rush
The Internet of Things (IoT) opens up completely new horizons in how companies handle their assets and control processes, how consumers can keep an eye on fitness and health, and how utilities and municipalities can manage resources more efficiently and organize people's lives better. McKinsey experts believe that although the hype is already high, the potential of IoT may even be underestimated.
However, this market is also exciting - and especially - because, in addition to IT companies, classic industrial groups such as BoschBosch or General Electric want a piece of the pie. The Internet of Things plays a decisive role in the digitization of classic manufacturing and production systems - keyword Industry 4.0. Above all, the optimization and automation of processes promise high efficiency gains. Top 500 company profile for Bosch Everything about digitization on CIO.de.
So it's no wonder that almost all large companies have their fingers in the game in some way when it comes to the Internet of Things. We have compiled the most powerful IoT companies currently in our picture gallery for you.
- Amazon Web Services
Cloud computing will play an important role within the IoT. The largest cloud provider is currently called Amazon Web Services and is constantly expanding its portfolio - also in order to be able to use the data for analytical purposes. In 2015, AWS launched its Internet of Things platform, which relies on tools such as Kinesis (real-time streaming), S3 (Simple Storage Service) and DynamoDB (NoSQL database).
AT&T, as one of the world's largest network operators, also sees itself as a key enabler for the IoT. AT&T has now also launched its M2X cloud storage service and the Data Flow IoT development platform. The group expects that around 10 million connected vehicles will be connected to its network by 2017.
The traditional German company Bosch is known worldwide as an automotive supplier, but also offers all sorts of other products - from household appliances to business software. Bosch wants to fully integrate its product portfolio into the Internet of Things in order to facilitate the maintenance and monitoring of devices. Robert Bosch AG has set up a cloud for this purpose and is one of the most powerful IoT companies.
Cisco expects around 50 million networked IoT devices by 2020 - and therefore uses the term "Internet of Everything". The network equipment supplier is counting on the fact that many of these devices will find their way into the IoT via Cisco equipment. And the company already offers numerous IoT services, for example in the areas of network connectivity, data analytics, security and automation.
As a classic hardware manufacturer in the enterprise environment, Dell prepares its infrastructure components for IoT use. For this purpose, the US company offers, for example, an analytics platform for managing IoT data. In 2014, Dell opened an Internet of Things laboratory in Silicon Valley in cooperation with Intel.
- General Electric
The energy giant General Electric is commonly assigned the term "Industrial Internet of Things", which describes the idea of networked devices in industry and creates a distinction from IoT consumer topics. At GE, they firmly expect to get a large piece of the IoT pie themselves. Among other things, this is to be guaranteed by the "Asset Performance Management" platform, which aims to counteract unforeseen failures on the basis of real-time data analysis. Another pillar of GE's IoT strategy: the cloud-based analytics service Predix.
The Alphabet Group's IoT ambitions are broad: both consumer and enterprise environments are to be targeted. For this purpose, Google has incorporated the smart thermostat manufacturer Nest. It is quite conceivable that this takeover will soon result in an in-house smart home system. As far as the corporate environment is concerned, thanks to a combination of a modern back-end network and a huge public cloud, Google sees itself in a good position to make a significant contribution to the spread of the Internet of Things.
- Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems is the name of the technology arm of the Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi. And the group is important to the IoT market for two reasons. On the one hand because of a strategic partnership with Intel, which relates to the areas of machine-to-machine communication and Industry 4.0 in general, and on the other hand because of the cloud-based IoT platform recently rolled out by HDS. The combination of hands-on equipment for the industrial sector and services in the back-end area should allow Hitachi to mature into an IoT powerhouse.
With the release of LiteOS, a micro operating system for IoT devices, the Chinese mobile communications provider and network supplier set an exclamation point in the Internet of Things market last year. In addition, the company became a member of the Cloud Foundry open source community to drive the development of an open IoT development environment. Huawei wants to establish itself particularly in the IoT market in Asia and the USA and hopes at the same time for new opportunities to market its core products.
IBM has been pushing various smart products with Watson technology for some time and is building on being able to link its AI expertise with IoT services. The Watson IoT platform combines a cloud-based development and production environment for applications, software and services with tailor-made, industry-specific services and analytics.
The devices of a networked world need processors. The US chip giant Intel wants to be the company that meets this demand. To this end, the group has already presented a whole range of IoT products - including the Quark low-power processor family and the Atom processors specially designed for rendering.
The Redmond-based company has an IoT suite for its public cloud environment in its program, which also includes an IoT hub. Also part of Microsoft's IoT portfolio: a service that combines real-time analytics and machine learning, a news service and Power BI. To make it easier for customers to get started with the Internet of Things, Microsoft also offers some preconfigured templates - for example for remote monitoring of IoT devices.
If Oracle has its way, data from the Internet of Things will in future be managed and analyzed with the company's own databases and applications. The company also creates interfaces to its SQL, NoSQL and Hadoop databases in order to record the IoT data and to be able to integrate it into its applications in the future (Sales Cloud, Service Cloud and CRM). Oracle also offers IoT services and a cloud that merge these workflows into one product.
Previously, PTC was best known for its 3D design software and PLM tools. The company is now on the way to becoming an important IoT player. This is primarily due to a sometimes aggressive takeover strategy: ThingWorx has taken over a development platform for IoT applications; with Axeda, a cloud-based service for the management of networked devices and the handling of M2M data; and with Coldlight an AI platform for data analysis.
Semiconductor giant Qualcomm really almost always has a hand when it comes to the Internet of Things. The company is involved in numerous initiatives, such as the AllJoyn project, which aims to establish an open source protocol for IoT devices. In addition, the company of course also offers IoT-optimized microchips (Snapdragon) and a large number of IoT services and platforms.
While many other companies in this list want to penetrate the market by networking devices, Salesforce is pursuing a completely different strategy. The company sees new opportunities in the Internet of Things, especially for the marketing sector, to collect more information and data about its customers. For example, networked devices should help the CMO of a company to understand how their products are evaluated and used and which factors influence purchasing behavior. Salesforce also has an IoT cloud environment in operation.
Samsung wants to trim its entire product range to IoT by 2020. As one of the world's largest manufacturers of smartphones, TV and household devices as well as robots, Samsung wants to be one of the leading companies when it comes to connected devices. The Koreans are currently not only developing a number of ARM processors for their products, but also corresponding interfaces that should allow customers to network their devices with all possible platforms.
Siemens has a wide range of products that can largely be connected to the IoT - regardless of whether it is a washing machine or a magnetic resonance tomograph. And the group is already working feverishly on networking its products. For this purpose, it has also partnered with SAP, which is supposed to contribute its analytics expertise. Siemens also produces software for end users: the so-called "Web of Systems".
This article is based on an article from our US sister publication Networkworld.com.
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