Internet Of Things: 10 Most Innovative Companies

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Internet Of Things: 10 Most Innovative Companies

Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Internet of Things is an update of our previous Top 10 Companies In Internet of Things In 2015 (released in March 2015).

There is no “next big thing”. Smart, embedded, connected sensors, smart homes, connected cars, digital healthcare, smart cities, are already here. Next is now. From chipsets manufacturers to internet providers, from cloud companies to Big Data analytics platforms, the IoT ecosystem is ready.

UPDATE: INTERNET OF THINGS: 10 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES

Intel – retains the IoT leadership. Intel took 1st place in IoT in 2014 and has remained the absolute leader in the Internet of Things to date.
Samsung – jumped to 2nd place from 9th in 2014. Samsung targets a 90% devices IoT ready by 2017 and 100% by 2020.
Google – for keeping up its IoT’s promise of creating an unified, one language network of interoperable IoT devices.
IBM – from out of top 10 in 2014 Q4 to 4th position in 2015 Q3, thanks to their massive workforce and latest investments in IoT.
Amazon – another new entry to our Top 10, Amazon is the black horse of IoT with many aces up its sleeve.
Microsoft – drops a position for taking too long to deliver on its IoT promises.

Top 10 Companies in the Internet of Things landscape is published by WT VOX on a quarterly basis.

1. INTEL – THE INTERNET OF THINGS ENGINES (RETAINS 1ST PLACE)

[After missing the smartphones wave, Intel is betting big on the Internet of Things.]

After missing the smartphones wave, Intel is betting big on the Internet of Things.

Smart, connected objects, were always a priority for Intel. There is a reason for that as embedded sensors, connected objects, IoT, IIoT, IoE, were  the fastest growing verticals at Intel last year. ($2.1 billion in revenue in 2014) Intel is already making money from IoT.

Intel has also started an IoT consortium together with Dell, Samsung and a few other major players earlier this year. Then again, at the beginning of 2015 Intel launched its own IoT Platform, a platform that helps companies to test, deploy and secure connected devices.

Much of this plays into the company’s vision of the future, a future that signals Intel’s commitment to developing the Internet of Things and most likely its intense desire not to miss out on another major computing shift.

2. SAMSUNG – INTERNET OF THINGS IS INTERNET OF EVERYTHING 

In the IoT era, sensors are key components. Energy efficient, smart, compact. Samsung is working on chips, such as the embedded package on package (ePOP) and the Bio-Processor, which are energy-efficient and compact enough to go into a wide range of devices, especially wearables and mobile devices.

For expanding IoT devices and components, creating an open ecosystem, supporting the developer community and collaborating across industries, Samsung receives a well deserved 2nd place.

“I know in my heart that neither one single company nor one industry alone can deliver the benefits of the Internet of Things,” said Mr. Yoon. “To create this IoT universe, we have to see the potential of the Internet of Things across all kinds of industries. Only if we work together can we improve people’s lives.”

3. GOOGLE – IOT FROM A TO Z 

Google has been quiet on its internet of things plans, especially since they’ve acquired Nest. Apparently quiet, as there is the potential for 50 billion connected devices by 2020 and Google knows that. Behind curtains Google is very active in the IoT space.

It gets a well deserved 3rd place for active work on multiple fronts: Google IoT Cloud Platformwith tools to scale connections, gather and make sense of data. Brillo IoT, the operating system for the Internet of Things. The Thread Group, a Google-backed effort to determine ways for IoT devices to talk to one another. Nest, bought by Google last year for $3.2 billion. Google Beacons, an open-source alternative to Apple.

Google’s mission is to fulfil its IoT’s promise by creating a complete network of interoperable IoT devices and finding answers to key research questions, such as how to preserve privacy and ensure security in an increasingly “smart sensors” environment.

Google has already expanded its Android platform beyond smartphones and tablets to digital health, connected cars, TVs, wearable devices and smartwatches turning them all into a perfect IoT system.

4. IBM – BIG DATA ANALYTICS IN IOT (NEW ENTRY)

Over the past century, IBM has contributed tremendously to rapid advances in technology and its capability in research will continue to impact many industries. IoT is no exception. IBM has engaged in building an interconnected, instrumented and intelligent IoT environment to help providers achieve better outcomes, payers improve operational effectiveness.

IBM is building up a great portfolio in IoT thanks to its big data analytics and cognitive computing (Watson), IBM Bluemix platform/service and educations markets involvement, respectively.

With a dedicated Internet of Things workforce of just over  1,400 employees and with investments of $3 billion (£1.75 billion) over the next five years, IBM has reached the fourth place in IoT out of nowhere last year.

5. AMAZON – IOT STARTS WITH SMART HOMES (NEW ENTRY)

In 2013, Amazon introduced a platform called Kinesis to process and analyse high-volume data streams from any number of sources and in real time, company’s first foray into the IoT business.

The Amazon’s IoT portfolio is vast. From simple devices that let users scan barcodes or speak the names of products into a microphone to Dash Button, an intelligent button that can be glued to various surfaces around the home and when pressed, restocks consumable products like detergents, bin bags or toilet paper, all, of course, through Amazon.

More recently, Amazon has acquired 2lemetry, a startup that has developed an enterprise-focused platform to track and manage IP-enabled machines and other connected devices. Amazon also sells smart home devices such as smart locks and connected thermostats.

All together, coupled with the work Amazon has put into Echo, its own connected-home assistant hardware, pushes Amazon in our Top 10 IoT Companies, straight to position 5.

6. MICROSOFT – WINDOWS 10 FOR INTERNET OF THINGS

Microsoft is already exploring blockchain technology for its IoT world of distributed, connected devices or IoE.

Many tech editors announced that “finally Microsoft stepped into the Internet of Things in a big way, announcing free Windows licenses for devices with screens smaller than 9 inches and a new accelerator aimed at backing home automation startups.

Inviting customers to let Windows span their desktops, phones and embedded devices, the company announced Azure Cloud services for processing data from embedded devices and a version of Windows for Intel’s Galileo processing board for IoT devices.

They forget Kinetic, Xbox, Home Automation, etc. Microsoft knows more about IoT than all top 10 together. It is just a matter of unleashing that knowledge and get it to work. Not only that, but Microsoft is already exploring blockchain technology for its IoT world of distributed, connected devices or IoE.

The old “Microsoft Embedded” team had as priority the industrial customers, not end consumers. Their task was to convince retail, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive industries to embed Windows in their devices. Now, “the embedded” team has morphed into Microsoft’s IoT team.

Microsoft IoT team’s mission goes beyond Windows. In fact, its charter calls for it to address all kinds of operating systems, Linux included given its large embedded-device presence.

Just a few months after launch, Microsoft announced it was working with partners to bring make its technology available to all IoT devices and industries. From agriculture to lifts that know when maintenance is needed and from health-monitors to smart cities.

7. ARM – THE BEGINNIG OF THE INTERNET OF THINGS 

With a long experience in mobile technology (Symbian was the first to provide native support for ARMv6 architecture, in 2002) ARM is a massive player in IoT. Their technology is licensed by partners who have shipped more than 60 billion System on Chip (SoCs) containing ARM intellectual property.

Together with their “Connected Community”, ARM is breaking down barriers to innovation for developers, designers and engineers in IoT. 2015 was a big year for ARM.

In February 2015, ARM expanded its mbed Platform with the ARM mbed TLS providing leading support for TLS and DTLS optimised for embedded devices and complements the Cryptobox technology of mbed OS that enables secure execution and storage.

In April 2015, ARM launched ARM Cordio, a Bluetooth® radio IP series which includes highly integrated and ultra-low power CMOS radio IP cores along with link layer firmware, stack and profiles supporting the Bluetooth Smart standard to target end markets requiring low-power wireless communications.

With almost 11bn devices shipped to date, Cortex-M has become the standard processor choice for IoT and now with the IoT Subsystem for Cortex-M, ARM enables and accelerates the pace of innovation for a wider circle of partners.

Their latest program with Thundersoft (an Android core technology provider headquartered in Beijing), is a fast-track IoT development for China – showcases their understanding of the IoT market and the need or tapping on the asian potential.

8. CISCO – THERE IS NO IOT WITHOUT SECURITY

Cisco, is looking to “connect the unconnected” with open standards and integrated architecture from the cloud to end devices. Nothing new here just that given Cisco’s specific as a company we can rest assured that the IoE era will be achieved with exceptional reliability and security.

In June 2015, Cisco Systems announced a $635 million buyout of OpenDNS.

Ultimately expect Cisco to take over the IoT Security certifications or specialisations as they call them already: Advanced Internet of Things Specialization – Connected Safety and Security, Advanced Internet of Things Specialization – Industry Expert and Advanced Internet of Things Specialization – Manufacturing.

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9. SALESFORCE – INTERNET OF THINGS AT WORK 

Salesforce is one of the later entrants in the Internet of Things landscape. Salesforce, a cloud computing corporation with its “Salesforce Wear” software development kit promised to get enterprise users such as Google Glass, Samsung Gear smartwatches, or the Myo gesture control armband onboard.

Salesforce just released its IoT Cloud powered by Thunder, a scalable, real-time processing engine, with three things as core aims: listen to the world at IoT scale, trigger actions with real-time rules and use Salesforce to proactively engage.

As part of the Salesforce App Cloud, Thunder is an integrated set of platform services that aims to enable businesses to develop connected apps fast. It offers services for app development, modern user experiences, integration, mobile app development, identity management, compliance, governance and more.

The IoT Cloud was launched with initial partners that include ARM, Xively, LogMeln, Etherios, Informatica, PTC just to name a few for better connectivity between IoT devices and the Internet.

As this is the biggest thing in integrated consumer data analytics for the IoT to date, it has the potential to transform the way millions of existing Salesforce customers enter the industry. Sunny days for SalesForce but get ready for thunder!

10. QUALCOMM – CONNECTING IOE

[Qualcomm has the largest ecosystem in digital health through connected devices, with more than 500 partners now.]

Qualcomm has the largest ecosystem in digital health through connected devices, with more than 500 partners now.

Billions, maybe trillions of times a day; that’s how often people around the world touch something, changed forever, for better by Qualcomm. It could be the tablet on your table, the wireless modem in your luggage or the smartphone in your pocket. It could be that action camera strapped to your chest or even the navigation system in your car.

Qualcomm reached $1 billion revenue last year on IoT chipsets: Smart cities, smart homes, wearable tech, connected cars, digital health, etc. Qualcomm covered over 150 million IoT devices in 2014, a number expected to double up by the end of 2015.