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What is an IoT platform?

In an IoT system, we need to have a software infrastructure that helps us to manage the “things” and process data.

IoT platforms are designed for such purposes.

In simple words the purpose of any IoT device is to connect with other IoT devices and applications (cloud-based mostly) to relay information using internet transfer protocols.

The gap between the device sensors and data networks is filled by an IoT Platform. Such a platform connects the data network to the sensor arrangement and provides insights using backend applications to make sense of plethora of data generated by hundreds of sensors.

IoT Platforms: Attributes and Examples

An IoT platform is a software service that has the following characteristics:

  • Cloud based
  • Connect IoT devices
  • Collect data
  • Manage devices
  • Visualize data
  • Perform analytics
  • Also called middleware​
IoT Platform Examples:
  • AWS IoT
  • Microsoft Azure IoT
  • Intel IoT Platform
  • Watson IoT Platform
  • Oracle Internet of Things
  • Cisco IoT Cloud
  • Salesforce IoT Cloud
  • General Electric Predix
  • B-Scada
  • Greenwave AXON Platform
  • Xively
  • Digi Device Cloud
  • ThingWorx IoT Technology Platform
  • Carriots
​There are more than 300 IoT platforms in the market today and the number is continuing to grow. However, as discussed not every platform is the same – IoT platforms are being shaped by varying entry strategies of different companies trying to capitalise on the IoT potential.

Innovative Startups, hardware and networking equipment manufacturers, enterprise software and mobility management companies are all competing to become the best IoT platform on the market.


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