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The IoT Platform Finder

The independent analyst-driven tool designed to help you find the right IoT platform.

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The IoT Platform Landscape

What are IoT Platforms
and why do we have them?

IoT Platform Layers

As an enterprise user you will know that the huge range of IoT Platform products on the market makes assessing which one best meets the needs of your enterprise a challenging and time-consuming task.

To help address this, IoT Pilot has been created. This is a free-to-use, online tool designed to match your needs with the platforms best able to support them, from a growing database of IoT platforms currently available in the market. This database content and the platform matching methodology has been created by independent IoT Analyst house Beecham Research.

IoT Pilot asks you about your enterprise’s baseline requirements through 8 key questions using drop-down, pre-set responses to speed the process. IoT Pilot then assesses these against the platform database to provide you with a shortlist of vendors whose products match your individual needs. From your shortlist you can then access background information on vendors of particular interest, bullet points on the key strengths of their platform, together with a “heat map” visualising the platform’s capabilities. This heat map, as illustrated, is a 5 x 5 matrix comprising performance indicators mapped against generic platform functionality, offering a unique and more informed understanding of the IoT platform landscape.

Sample image of a platform heat map

Note that you will not be contacted as a result of using IoT Pilot unless you ask to be. 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. The results of your search will provide the best match against your search criteria according to the Vendor evaluation. Whilst we aim for accuracy, we do not accept responsibility for any decision you may 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.

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Link to Beecham Research website

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.

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