Are the IoT platforms really confusing?

by | Feb 14, 2019 | IoT News

IoT trends have been doing the rounds for quite some time now, with almost every vendors talking about selling IoT platforms to various enterprises. But surprisingly many do not know what exactly these IoT platforms are about, how they help and which one do they actually need. These make the IoT platforms much more confusing than they actually are. Here are the reasons that make IoT platforms confusing at times.

Overlapping definitions

What is IoT? This simple question has been answered several times in several ways so much so that there have emerged a lot of overlapping and confusing definitions. There are hundreds of definitions as to what exactly this IoT platform is all about. Some say it is a linking bridge of the devices to the applications. Yet some others say that it is a means to protect hardware devices, leveraging protocols and providing security to the data.

Multiple platform vendors

There are hundreds of vendors selling IoT platforms ranging from AWS to IBM to Salesforce to Oracle and many others thriving the market and thus creating more confusion. The number has reached to 450 IoT platforms till date. The confusion stays as there are different categories of IoT platforms coming into the forefront. Application enabled, Device management, Analytics, Cloud storage, and Connectivity backend are the major categories of IoT platforms being sold by the various vendors. Yet some experts say there are only 2 broad categories of IoT platforms, namely broad-based and specialized. Broad-based platforms include Microsoft Azure, AWS and many more. Specialized platforms include GE Predix, Cisco Kinetic, and C3 IoT etc.

These platforms are yet again categorized into vertical markets and segregated as Hobbyists, Consumer IoT, Industrial IoT, and Industry Driven IoT.

Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes technical contents periodically and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He’s an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He’s got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation engineering.