1,468 IoT companies in 20 categories across 46 countries, with $25 Billion in funding
Agriculture: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the productivity of the agricultural and farming industries. Examples include livestock software, moisture-sensing technology, and smart irrigation.
Automotive: Companies that enable machine-to-machine communication in the automotive industry. Examples include mobility status sensors, driving habits applications, and vehicle health handhelds.
City and Buildings: Companies that create connected devices to facilitate smart cities or manage the infrastructure of buildings. Examples include urban projection screens, smart building controls, and parking space locators.
Components: Companies that manufacture the internal technologies of IoT hardware systems. Examples include IoT circuit boards, chips, and semiconductors.
Drones and Robotics: Companies that create unmanned aerial vehicles that could be controlled through remotes or smartphone apps. Examples include aerial cameras, aerial delivery drones, and ocean data collection robots.
Education and Toys: Companies that produce connected devices that facilitate the education process or those aimed at the kids market. Examples include app-connected toys, programmable bracelets, and computer building kits.
Enterprise: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the productivity of corporate enterprises. Examples include product management solutions, business intelligence platforms, and smartglasses for work.
Fitness: Companies that create connected devices that track fitness and exercise metrics. Examples include healthy eating trackers, exercise tracking wristbands, and smartphone-controlled shoes.
Hardware Platforms: Companies that manufacture finished hardware systems that provide infrastructural support for connected devices. Examples include IoT routers, modems, and device controllers.
Health Care: Companies that create connected devices that track health metrics or help improve health well-being. Examples include breathing mobile games, sleep trackers, and pain relief wearables.
Home: Internet of Things devices focused on the residential real estate segment. Solutions include home security, home automation, and energy management.
Industrial: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the productivity of industrial enterprises such as manufacturing. Examples include industrial data analysis, supply chain management, and factory robots.
Lifestyle and Entertainment: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the overall lifestyle of the user. Examples include connected bikes, outdoor gaming systems, and smart mugs.
Retail: Companies that create connected devices to help with retail stores’ operations. Examples include store beacon solutions, mobile payment solutions, and smart barcode scanners.
Security: Companies that enable data privacy and data encryption. Examples include IoT vulnerability detection, industrial IoT security, and IoT data erasure.
Smart Watches: Companies that create connected watches with sensors and applications. Examples include motion recognition watches, parental control watches, and voice notification watches.
Software Platforms: Companies that build backend software systems that provide infrastructural support for IoT technology. Examples include wireless communication networks and IoT data analytics platforms.
Tags and Jewelry: Companies that create tags, trackers, and smart jewelry that enable one to track items and products. Examples include smart keychains, smart bike tags, and mini GPS devices.
Utilities and Energy: Companies that produce connected devices that help measure and manage energy and utilities usage. Examples include energy usage monitors, smart sprinklers, and oilfield data management solutions.
User Interface: Companies that produce connected devices that offer new ways to view and control other devices. Examples include virtual reality systems, haptic feedback, and motion-controllers and Natural Language Processing Interfaces.
IoT Connectivity Technologies
3GPP (NB-IoT, LTE CAT M, LTE CAT 0)
IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard
IEEE 802.20 MBWA standard
IEEE 802.22 WRAN standard
LoRa – Long Range
NFC Near Field Communications
RFID, Radio Frequency Identification technology
Short range device, SRD
Ultra Wideband Technology
Weightless M2M white space communications
WHDI – Wireless Home Digital Interface
Wireless Meter Bus, Wireless M-Bus
Major Alliances and Consortiums
Open Interconnect Consortium
Industrial Internet Consortiums
Apples Home Kit
Open Fog Consortium
The LoRa Alliance
The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) says its main goal is to “help unify IoT standards so that companies and developers can create IoT solutions and devices that work seamlessly together.”
The IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF), stated goal is to be “a collaborative, vendor-neutral, international initiative which aspires to be the expert resource for sharing knowledge, best practice and advice.”
The prpl Foundation mission is to: (a) develop, support and promote an open-source, community-driven consortium with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart society of the future; and (b) undertake other activities as appropriate to further the purposes and achieve the goals set forth above.