IoTPilot

The IoT platform landscape

The huge range of IoT Platform products on the market makes assessing which one meets the needs of your enterprise correctly, a sizeable task.

For the first time, IoT Analyst house, Beecham Research, have identified 16 key indicators against which to independently evaluate the performance of these IoT Platforms. *

This free-of-charge tool provides all enterprises these scoring points into 6 macro-indicators and provides all enterprises looking to adopt an IoT platform solution, a unique and more informed understanding of the IoT platform landscape. FIND THE RIGHT PLATFORM FOR YOU!

What is an IoT platform?

An IoT platform is a software middleware suite that facilitates secure monitoring, control and analysis of device and sensor behaviour in the field. In essence, it provides an enabling layer between these connected devices/sensors and user applications. There are two main parts of a complete IoT platform – the part that manages the physical connectivity to the devices and other systems to ensure that essential data is collected (the Connectivity Management platform), and the part that processes the data (the Application Enablement platform). Although both parts are required for an IoT solution they are often provided by different vendors, reflecting their specific expertise.

Why do we have IoT platforms?

The aim of an IoT platform is to reduce the time and cost of getting new IoT solutions built and implemented. There are several layers to an IoT solution and these are becoming increasingly complex as the market develops. The IoT platform takes advantage of the fact that the majority of what is needed in IoT solutions is the same and does not need to be redeveloped for every application. At least 80% of IoT solutions are made from common parts, so can be predesigned and made available through an IoT platform. The platform then also provides the means for customising and configuring the solution for a specific application need.

IoT platform layers*

IoT platform layers IoT platform layers

Applications

IoT platform layers
Application Development Layer
Data Management (Storage - Orchestration - Analytics)
Device Management
Communication Service Layer
Networks / Infrastructure
Sensors - Actuators - Devices - Gateways
S E C U R I T Y

These 6 macro-indicators are constructed by Beecham Research against the following, scoring from 1 = Very Low to 5 = Very High:

Connected Device Capability

Connected Device
Capability

This indicator looks at the various features and services offered for device and connectivity management. It also focuses strongly on the scalability capacity of the platform.

Analytics Capability

Analytics Capability

This indicator assesses the analytics services offered. Therefore, the indicator looks at device management and orchestration features, basic analytics features, event management and more advanced features such as predictive analytics and the use of artificial intelligence.

Application Development Capability

Application Development
Capability

This indicator looks at the features offered for enabling application development. It takes into consideration the presence of the development kit, the ability to interact with different devices (API), API management, visualisation tools and usability tools.

Security Capability

Security Capability

This indicator investigates the security services offered by the platform. It takes into consideration security features from access and authorisation to threat management and concentrates on the security certifications and guidelines held by the platform.

Market Capability

Market Capability

This indicator explores the footprint of the platform assessing the geographic presence, the customer base and, when available, the number of devices connected. It also considered the existence of an ecosystem of commercial partnerships.

Innovation Capability

Innovation Capability

This indicator assesses the capacity of the platform to evolve and be flexible. That is done through an analysis of the developer community, an assessment of innovation partnerships, insights on company R&D capability through indicators such as: R&D FTEs, R&D expenditure and patents.

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* The evaluation of Vendor products or services included in this service is based on a set of pre-determined criteria informed by data received from the Vendor and from independent sources as a cross check. The results of your search will provide the best match against your search criteria according to the Vendor evaluation. Whilst we aim for accuracy in the Vendor evaluation, we do not accept responsibility for any decision you make on the basis of the search results and it is for you to satisfy yourself that the Vendor you select is suitable for your requirements.