Emerging from the realm of the smart home, the Internet of Things (IoT) is now transforming various business sectors, including manufacturing, retail, agriculture, healthcare, and the supply chain. This transformation hinges on business IoT applications and IoT in healthcare, manufacturing, retail sectors. Providing a computing framework for more complex enterprise applications, IoT platforms are a leap beyond the straightforward functionality of home automation. Depending on the need, they may be hosted with a cloud services provider, offering cloud-based IoT services, or installed in an on-premise fashion.
As the enterprise IoT market continues to evolve and expand, a few platforms are emerging as leaders. The best among them serve as a framework for businesses to craft their own "Bespoke IoT applications", enhancing a myriad of digital business operations. This article presents a high-level overview of these leading IoT platforms worth exploring in the coming year.
Microsoft’s Azure IoT stands out as a cloud-based platform for developing business IoT applications. It is particularly advantageous for businesses already invested in Azure and Microsoft's software development tools. Offering a seamless connection between the cloud and IoT devices at the network edge, Azure IoT opens opportunities to improve process efficiency and derive actionable information from platform data.
On the other hand, PTC ThingWorx is an IoT platform with a focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sector. It helps businesses, particularly manufacturers, manage remote asset monitoring, including maintenance and service. This platform guides businesses towards operational efficiencies, cutting costs, and enhancing profit margins. Flexible deployment options include the cloud, on-premises, or a hybrid approach.
Amazon’s AWS remains one of the top cloud service options in the business world. Thus, it comes as no surprise their AWS IoT Core also enjoys a status as a leading IoT platform. Massive scalability highlights IoT Core, with the inherent ability to connect billions of IoT devices while routing trillions of messages. It remains an option worthy of exploration for companies already using AWS.
Companies needing a platform-agnostic IoT platform focused on collecting and analyzing real-time data need to explore AVEVA’s PI System. The platform is a platform-agnostic IoT platform that collects and analyzes real-time data. By providing data visualizations and analytics, it encourages "Data-driven decision-making" and ensures companies truly leverage their data investment.
Telit deviceWISE provides clients with an industrial strength IoT platform with a wide range of capabilities. The platform features three different solutions: deviceWISE Edge, deviceWISE Cloud, and deviceWISE View, providing device connectivity, cloud functionality, and SCADA support respectively. With over 20 years of IoT experience, Telit boasts the expertise to help you craft a successful solution.
The LTI Mosaic IoT platform places its focus squarely on data, with its advanced data engineering features, combining state of the art analytics with IoT connectivity. The company also provides an AIOps feature helping companies in the IT operations space improve efficiency and reduce costs. Technology providers wanting to leverage the IoT need to check out LTI’s Mosaic offerings.
The Ayla IoT Platform offers OEMs and retailers an option for quickly building an effective smart home system to provide their customers. While most of the platforms on this list focus on business and industrial use cases, Ayla keeps their eye on traditional home automation functionality. The platform features a managed cloud-based service, devices, and ready to use software allowing retailers to add their own branding.
Oracle’s Fusion Cloud IoT platform offers manufacturing companies with a suitable option for improving the efficiency of their supply chain operations. Like other similar platforms, it uses IoT sensor data for the predictive maintenance of machinery, vehicles, and other assets. Fusion Cloud also offers the real-time monitoring of supply chain vehicles, helping to quickly detect and react to bottlenecks.
With Microsoft and Amazon offering IoT platforms, it makes sense that Google follows suit. Google’s Cloud IoT Core provides companies with edge messaging services, device management, and analytics powered by the company’s renown AI and machine learning algorithms. Notably, Google works with a variety of partners in the IoT space for solution implementation, preferring to stay in the background while providing the wide range of cloud services used to power these IoT systems.
Particle brands its IoT platform as a platform-as-a-service (PaaS), illustrating the company’s focus on being a cloud-based IoT services provider. The full-stack Particle platform includes fully-customizable software, connectivity, and hardware. It’s a solution that fits across multiple business sectors, including manufacturing, smart energy, HVAC, electric vehicle fleets, and more. Particle remains a great option for companies looking for an effective IoT solution right out of the box.
If you have a great idea for the IoT and want to partner with a company experienced in IoT software development, connect with the team at NineTwoThree. We combine strong technical chops with insightful business acumen, helping ensure a successful project. Schedule some time with us to discuss a potential partnership.