Specialist Suppliers Hold an Early Lead in IoT Enablement, Heavy Reading Finds

As the IoT enablement platforms are establishing, specialist suppliers are quickly gaining foothold in the market, says Heavy Reading Insider

May 23, 2014, 12:00 ET from Heavy Reading

NEW YORK, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Specialist suppliers of IoT (Internet of Things) enablement platforms are establishing early market leadership and have announced some significant customer wins with Tier 1 mobile network operators, but big competitors are in good position to make up ground quickly, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Insider (www.heavyreading.com/insider), a subscription research service from Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com).

IoT Platforms: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis examines the strengths and challenges of nine leading developers of IoT enablement platforms using six basic technology and market metrics – range of functionality, product customization, uniqueness of approach, product availability, customer base, and brand recognition in the IoT sector. The 17-page report also evaluates the current state of IoT deployments and frames the vendor and network operator opportunity in IoT enablement.

For a complete list of companies covered in this report, please click the following link: http://twimgs.com/audiencedevelopment/LRHR/PDFS/hri0514_companies_2.pdf

"The array of vendors trying to help mobile network operators expand their presence and their revenue opportunities in the IoT market points to both the complexity of the challenge and the fact that despite some momentum and even some large-scale IoT deployments by operators, the mobile operator ramp-up in IoT is still early days and far from sorted out," says Jason Meyers, contributing analyst with Heavy Reading Insider and author of the report. "Executives from both Cisco and Ericsson have forecast that by 2020, 50 billion connected devices will comprise the IoT marketplace."

Mobile network operators are eyeing opportunities for enhanced revenue by equipping large enterprises and many smaller ones to be able to develop those applications and make their networks the platforms of choice to deliver them, Meyers says. "The sizeable opportunity that now exists to help enhance mobile operators move beyond supplying undifferentiated connectivity and into providing solutions for applications creation, delivery and management has, not surprisingly, attracted the attention of a wide range of technology developers," he continues. "Making sense of the need for and functionality of these platforms is critical to the evolution of mobile operators from IoT connectivity providers to full IoT enablers that can help their customers facilitate, customize and manage IoT services."

Key findings of IoT Platforms: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis include the following:

  • IoT platform specialists such as Jasper Wireless, Aeris Communications and Axeda have a first-mover advantage over larger technology suppliers in this sector and have racked up some impressive contract wins with Tier 1 clients.
  • Among the big-name suppliers, Ericsson and Amdocs are in good position to claim market leadership, while Cisco Systems still has a lot of ground to make up.
  • Network operators have a substantial opportunity to add revenue in IoT if they can expand beyond just providing connectivity for IoT applications.
  • Vendors are taking varied approaches to how they enable service providers in the IoT space, ranging from comprehensive platforms that address service creation and management to point solutions that address more limited functions.

IoT Platforms: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (12 issues) to Heavy Reading Insider, priced at $1,995. Individual reports are available for $900 (single-user license).

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