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Six of the best internet of things platforms

Christina Mercer | June 27, 2016
AWS, Azure and IBM Watson all provide IoT services, we examine these and other offerings

Cost: You can trial IBM Watson IoT for free. The platform is pay-as-you-go after that.

4. Cisco IoT Cloud Connect

Internet of things platforms: Cisco IoT Cloud Connect

Cisco provides an IoT solution for mobile operators and has recently partnered with the Australian based National Farmers' Federation to invest in IoT solutions within agriculture. Cisco IoT Cloud Connect will provide data and voice connectivity, IP session control, SIM 
lifecycle management, and customisable billing and reporting.

Cost: Available on request

5. Salesforce

Internet of things platforms: Salesforce

Powered by Thunder, Salesforce's IoT solution centres on customer engagement. The platform can build business rules and gather data from devices, sensors and websites to push out automated messages to consumers. The data received is analysed to produce business insight and custom actions.

Cost: Available on request

6. Oracle

Internet of things platforms: Oracle

Oracle's IoT cloud platform provides analytics from IoT applications enabling automated notifications to connected devices. Oracle offers device virtualisation, high speed messaging and endpoint management with big data analysis for real-time IoT data.

Cost: Wearable devices $0.40 per month for 100,000 minimum devices, consumer devices $0.80 per month for 50,000 minimum devices, telematic devices $2 per month for 20,000 minimum devices and commercial/industrial devices $3 per month for 10,000 minimum devices.

7. General Electric's Predix

Internet of things platforms: General Electric's Predix

Aiming to help organisations in industries such as aviation, healthcare, energy and transportation, Predix is a platform as a service that supports the development of apps that can use real-time operational data to provide insight for better and faster decision-making.

Predix runs Digital Twins (a virtual model) to enable small changes to be made and deployed and Predix Machine to provide a communications layer integrated with the cloud, analytics, sensors and controls.

In 2014, General Electric partnered with Verizon, Cisco and Intel to create 'Predix-ready' devices.

Cost: Available on request

Source: Computerworld UK 


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