Connected devices are expected to continue to proliferate at a blistering pace. The number of IoT endpoints worldwide numbered around 14.9 billion at the end of last year, according to IDC. And by 2025, the research firm expects there to be 82 billion IoT devices. Meanwhile, IDC says, the amount of data generated by the IoT will increase by 10 times.
That means the companies that deliver, implement, and support IoT deployments and devices need to be sure that they are manageable, scalable, and secure. Only that way will IoT solutions meet their promise.
To recognize those companies working to ensure that happens, IoT Evolution and its parent company, Technology Marketing Corp., stage this annual awards program.
We now present to youthe IoT Evolution Product of the Year award winners.
Service Relationship Management aPaaS
This platform is a fully integrated, end-to-end service event management solution for commercial assets. It connects the service supply chain to enable real-time communication and collaboration. And it puts controls in place to ensure service event management consistency.
It allows users to track, manage, and measure service events regardless of asset type or service location. It provides real-time visibility into what is being worked on along with a new level of transparency and accountability throughout the entire service event management process.
It also helps automate key service event processes, ensures access to in-context information, and eliminates the need to manually enter data. That cuts down on errors and speeds up the service event management process.
Bayshore Industrial Cyber Protection Platform
This solutionhelps stop cyber threats before they can damage critical industrial assets and systems, and allows for secure connection to the industrial internet of things.
Its real-time monitoring and deep content filtration of industrial protocols offers actionable insights by identifying changes to assets and traffic, anomalies from baseline behavior, and violations of specific pre-established policies. Active alerting and optional blocking of offending communication and commands prevent cyber threats from affecting targeted objects and data. And because Bayshore operates at wire speed, and protection is provided at a fine-grained transaction level, authorized traffic continues to flow unimpeded – allowing normal operations to continue even in the face of ongoing cyberattacks.
Bayshore also can establish trusted communication channels with outside entities, while controlling the content communicated over those channels. Third-party contractors, for instance, can be allowed remote access to a specific machine. And their interactions with that machine can be policy protected to prevent unauthorized activity. This solution also does automated identification and inventory of devices, networks, and systems. And it can convert industrial data into formats consumable by business analytics programs.
Dojo by BullGuard
This enterprise-grade, multi-layered security software is capable of handling a wide range of cybersecurity threats, with a major focus on protecting smart home devices.
The solution includes hardware, which Dojo refers to as a pebble. It’s easy to set up and can be moved around a home while its dock remains connected to the Wi-Fi router. Italerts users when there’s suspicious or malicious activity detected on their Wi-Fi network. The Dojo smartphone app, for iOS and Android, allows consumers to interact with the Dojo pebble via a messaging interface.And Dojo's cybersecurity engine provides and enforces a tailored security policy for each device on the home Wi-Fi network.
Dojo by BullGuard is list priced at $199, which includes the first 12 months of service. It is available on Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and in physical BestBuy stores.
Cisco Jasper Control Center
Cisco introduced its Control Center IoT connectivity management platform to the market more than 10 years ago. Today, Cisco says, it represents the largest IoT platform out there, managing more than 43 million devices and gaining 1.5 million new devices monthy.
In June, Cisco introduced Control Center 7.0. It features advanced security solutions, automation, and analytics. And in addition to supporting cellular networks, it now delivers support for multiple LPWAN technologies, including NB-IoT and LTE-M.
This new platform is also paired with a new set of Premium Services.That includes the Threat Protection & Smart Security service, which provides an IoT-specific solution to protect against malware and other cybersecurity threats, and is built on Cisco Umbrella. It also includes the Traffic Segmentation service, which supports different types of revenue generation models.
Digi Xbee Cellular
In JulyDigi International introduced the Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem for use by original equipment manufacturers.Digi customers can simply drop this modem into their existing designs to instantly achieve 3G cellular integration, without the need for a complete redesign.
By adding the Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem to their projects, users create a longer life design with flexibility to switch between wireless protocols, or upgrade to LTE-M or NB-IoT as those networks are deployed in certain regions. Featuring Digi TrustFence security, the Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem offers Secure Boot, Encrypted Storage, Protected JTAG, and SSL/TLS 1.2. And it is FCC/IC, PTCRB and AT&T certified, which eliminates the cost, complexity, and risk involved in certification.
Programmable, with support for custom MicroPython applications running directly onboard, the Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem allows developers to add unique features to their devices while eliminating the need for an external microcontroller in certain usecases. The device can be configured locally with Digi’s XCTU configuration platform, or remotely with Digi Remote Manager. It also features low-power modes for battery-powered applications, and updates are made easy via over-the-air updating.
Gemalto Trusted Key Manager
The Gemalto Trusted Key Manager authenticates IoT devices and secures data exchanges on both cellular and non-cellular networks. It does that by employing secure keys provisioning, remote credential activation, and lifecycle management.
In that way it prevents unauthorized devices from joining the network, ensuring the integrity of IoT devices and the data they exchange, and expediting secure IoT deployments.
This solution can be deployed in cloud-based or in-house infrastructure.
This end-to-end embedded and cloud-based delivery and IoT management solution is for companies looking to implement a voice interface in a variety of environments, including industrial, commercial and consumer segments.
The solution leverages Nuance Mix to deliver voice recognition, text-to-speech, voice biometrics powered wake-up word, and AI-powered language understanding. Nuance Mix supports access to cloud services such as news, weather and Q&A.
In addition, the Axon platform introduces new network features expected by carriers for HD Voice, media optimization, security and IoT endpoint management. The reference implementation streamlines product development and gives providers direct control over managed services.It also does microphone beam-forming, acoustic echo cancellation, barge-in capabilities, speech signal enhancement, Bluetooth audio, and Wi-Fi and Z-Wave connectivity. And the platform can be fully customized and is scalable enough to be used by the world’s leading service providers.
M800 Comunication SDK Suite
This CPaaS company delivers a secure and reliable OTT white-label communication suite in the form of a white-label communication app. Businesses use M800 OTT White-Label Communication Suite in 2 ways – as a CRM tool with their customers to increase engagement and sales, or as a protected communication tool for internal communication.
The suite featurescarrier-grade voice calling, video calling, group calling, instant messaging, SMS messaging, and verification through four main verification methods. And its advanced dashboard analytics allow businesses to access in-depth data to understand user behavior and discover new ways to increase engagement.
Mocana IoT Security Platform
This full-stack security solution was designed to protect industrial IoT devices, industrial clouds, and device-to-cloud communications. The platform provides software capabilities, a set of simple APIs, and a path to use Mocana’s planned management and analytics capabilities.
The latest version of the platform features the Mocana Trust Engine,a vendor-agnostic trust abstraction layer that allows device manufacturers to take advantage of the latest security chip technologies, such as the Infineon OPTIGA Trusted Platform Module, ARM TrustZone, Intel SGX and Intel EPID. The platform now also supports automated certificate management using Enrollment over Secure Transport and trust chaining to ensure a lifecycle of trust for secure boot, secure firmware updates, and trusted operations.And the platformsoftware abstracts the underlying hardware, enabling applications to call cryptographic functions through a single API. Its OpenSSL-compatibility interface allows customers to replace OpenSSL with a lightweight defense-grade crypto library.
Launched in June, Thingstream uses GSM connectivity but doesn’t require data, offering a ubiquitous solution for a broad range of IoT applications. The company says its solution is ideally suited to devices which move, are in remote locations, or need to be super secure before being connected to the cloud.
“Designed to provide a simple solution to IoT connectivity challenges, Thingstream’s solution weaves MQTT support into Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, universally available via the platform’s global roaming SIM, creating a unique IoT proposition,” the company says.
This is a wireless LTE backup service for communication service providers that cater to businessesthat depend on high-speed internet service for their business connectivity. It ensures the continuity of service by using Numerex's cellular network service as a backup connection in the event of broadband network outages.
The turnkey offering includes multiple cellular network services, an intelligent router provided by Cradlepoint, and an online management portal. The router instantly detects loss of the broadband signal and then seamlessly reconnects using a network selection feature. Upon power-up, this feature checks multiple options and optimizes the connection based on the fastest, most reliable network available.
IoT Development Kit
This is a configurable rapid prototyping platform for Industrial IoT, smart city/building, and mHealth applications.
It provides an integrated development environment, including cloud software; complex C code examples adapted to multiple applications; and full documentation of system hardware and software design. It features a comprehensive portfolio of sensors, connectivity, and actuator devices. And it delivers an individual API for each device.
Striim for IoT
This streaming data management solution for the Internet of Things helps companies address three of the most difficult data challenges of IoT infrastructure.That includes managing the tsunami of data generated by IoT devices, integrating IoT data with the enterprise and analyzing it in real time, and addressing security issues associated with connected devices.
Through enterprise-grade, real-time data integration combined with streaming analytics and visualization, Striim enables IoT-driven companies to make fast, informed decisions based on context-rich, real-time insights.
Tellient Data Enablement Platform
Tellient is an analytics platform built specifically for the Internet of Things.
It is used by connected device makers, providers of the technologies that power IoT devices, and the network operators that those devices connect through. They use this platform to collect and process the enormous quantities of data generated by the IoT. And that can enable them to turn that data into a new revenue source.
This module delivers the functionality of a single mode LTE Category 1 modem and a Global Navigation Satellite System positioning engine. Designed entirely by u-blox and for use with IoT and M2M devices, it is ideal for use in such applications as smart utility metering, connected health and patient monitoring, smart buildings, security and video surveillance, smart payment and POS systems, as well as with wearable devices such as action cameras.
It comes in a 24 x 26 mm LARA LGA form factor, making it ideal for use in compact IoT devices. It is pin-compatible with the u-blox LARA-R2 series, which supports multimode LTE Cat 1 with 2G/3G fallback. And it marksthe first move in u-blox's long-term strategy to create modules based on the UBX-R3 LTE modem technology platform, an internally developed, flexible, software-defined modem architecture for IoT and M2M.
Wind River Helix Device Cloud
This device management platform for the Internet of Things helps organizations greatly reduce the complexities of building and operating large-scale device deployments.
Device Cloud connectivity services enable device health monitoring, bi-directional file transfer, and remote access to help service engineers detect and diagnose problems before they impact critical data collection. With Device Cloud, users get the tools they need for deploying, monitoring, servicing, updating, and decommissioning IoT devices.
Edited by Ken Briodagh