Top 49 Tools For The Internet of Things

Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things (IoT), but for a long time many weren’t quite sure how to define it. While the IoT is still taking shape, it’s already making incredible strides as a new frontier for the connected world in which people, devices, environments and virtual objects are all connected and capable of interaction. There’s a new wave of technology platforms targeting the need to bridge these sophisticated communications, as well as hardware manufacturers producing physical devices and sensors to power the IoT.

Some leading technology innovators have gone so far as to write off the Internet of Things, noting that it’s more aptly described as the “Internet of Everything.” The IoT, or the IoE if you prefer, doesn’t just center on enterprise applications and Big Data analytics capitalizing on data from millions of devices. It’s seeping into everyday life for the average consumer, with home automation, smart appliances and connected devices that are changing the way people work, live and even sleep.

We’ve rounded up 49 of the most innovative tools and technologies serving the IoT. These companies are providing solutions for developers to build and deploy powerful IoT applications, tools for device manufacturers to quickly add new connected services to products — even legacy and M2M products — and even technologies for everyday users to enable automated communications and actions between devices and social networks and so much more.

Note: The following 49 tools and technologies aren’t listed in any particular order; the numerical ordering system is provided as an easy point of reference only. In other words, it shouldn’t be taken as an implication that #45 is an inferior technology to #3, and so on. These 49 technologies represent some of the most forward-thinking innovations for the IoT today, with some of the most advanced capabilities available to developers, device manufacturers and consumers.

1. mnubo
@mnubo
mnubo

mnubo is an SaaS solution providing a comprehensive Big Data platform catering to the Internet of Things via three solutions: mnubo smartobjects cloud, mnulabs and mnubo smartobjects analytics. Mnubo facilitates business logic modeling and Big Data analytics, speeding up your time to market by allowing you to focus on what you do best — building intelligent objects — with the mnubo platform providing the essential underlying technology support you need. It’s the premier platform for Internet of Things developers to build, deploy and manage real world business rules and applications using machine data and derive advanced analytics and business insights for further innovation.

Key Features:

  • Deploy in public, private or hybrid cloud
  • Build custom analytics, data-rich apps and business logic
  • Handles large velocity, variety and volume of static data and IoT streams
  • Descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics 
  • Customized reporting
  • Enhanced data visualizations
  • Flexible APIs
  • Reusable sensor templates
  • Libraries and SDKs
  • Sandbox environment access

Cost: Contact for a quote

2. Oracle 
@OracleIoT
oracle

Oracle’s Java Embedded solutions aim to reign in the massive amounts of data required for and created as a result of the Internet of Things by facilitating seamless communications between all elements of the IoT architecture. Delivering an integrated, secure and comprehensive platform for the entire IoT architecture across all vertical markets, Oracle enables real-time response and data capture from millions of device endpoints. Oracle offers several solutions, including Oracle Java SE Embedded, Oracle Java ME Embedded, Oracle Java Embedded Suite and Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded to meet your specific technology requirements. Oracle Java SE Embedded is ideal for devices with 11 MB or more allocated storage for Java, while Oracle Java ME Embedded provides a feature-rich platform on devices lacking the resources necessary to run the full Java SE Embedded environment.

Key Features: 

  • Real-time data capture
  • Support millions of device endpoints
  • Integrates with IT systems
  • Lifecycle solution management
  • M2M platform
  • Proven middleware capabilities
  • Facilitate communications between devices

Cost: FREE

3. Swarm
swarm

Swarm is an IoT development platform that facilitates adding new services to products easily. Swarm Dashboards serve as central, device-specific home pages, offering real-time, visual access to device features. Dashboards add value to connected products, enabling event notifications and alerts, historical data, analytics and reporting and other features for turning machine data into actionable insights. Swarm’s parent company, Bug Labs, also provides Freeboard for building and deploying enterprise-class IoT applications and Dweet.io which is fittingly self-described as “Ridiculously simple data sharing for the Internet of Things.”

Key Features: 

  • Event notifications and alerts
  • Real-time visualizations
  • Analytics and reporting
  • Integration with CRM/ERP products
  • Historical activity logs
  • Compliance testing
  • Central device dashboards/customer portals
  • Write device apps using standard web languages

Cost: Contact for a quote

4. Axeda
@Axeda
axeda

Axeda provides a comprehensive cloud-based platform for managing connected products and machines and implementing IoT and M2M applications. The platform is used to transform machine data into valuable insights, build and run applications and integrate machine data with other applications and systems to optimize business processes. Axeda’s platform encompasses the full spectrum of developing and deploying applications and integrating M2M learning into everyday business processes, from preventative data security measures all the way to  device provisioning and configuration.

Key Features: 

  • Application services, integration framework and data management
  • Integrate machine data into mission-critical applications
  • Open API; REST and SOAP services
  • 2-way, cloud-to-cloud communications
  • Least cost routing
  • Intelligent secure agents for internet, cellular and satellite
  • Embedded agent toolkits
  • Asset tracking and monitoring
  • Alerts and notifications
  • Device provisioning and configuration

Cost: Contact for a quote

5. OpenRemote
@OpenRemotePro
openremote

An open-source middleware solution for the Internet of Things, OpenRemote allows you to integrate any device — regardless of brand or protocol — and design any user interface for iOS, Android or web browsers. Using OpenRemote’s cloud-based design tools for developing completely customized solutions, upgrades are streamlined, meaning your devices are literally future-proof.

Key Features: 

  • Integrates a variety of protocols
  • Customized solutions to suit your needs
  • From single accounts to fully-branded solutions
  • Cloud-based design tools

Cost: 

  • Designer: FREE
  • Professional Designer: €150
  • Professional Designer with eBox: €350
  • Professional Designer with eBox with Book: €375

6. Etherios
@Etherios
etherios

Etherios is a comprehensive suite of products and services fully supporting connected enterprises. The Etherios Device Cloud is a PaaS solution enabling you to connect any product or device and gain real-time visibility into your assets. The Social Machine, Etherios’ cloud-based SaaS solution, integrates machine data with your Salesforce.com instance, transforming it into actionable insights for deeper, more powerful CRM capabilities. With full services support for custom solutions and thousands of off-the-shelf wired and wireless solutions, Etherios bridges connectivity for the modern enterprise.

Key Features: 

  • Off-the-shelf or custom solutions
  • Cloud-enable any device with Cloud Connector
  • State-of-the-art wireless lab
  • Manage all connected devices from a single interface
  • Monitor and control devices in real-time
  • Secure and scalable infrastructure
  • Secure multi-tenant, commercial-grade environment
  • Integrate machine data with Salesforce via The Social Machine (SaaS)

Cost:

  • Device Cloud: FREE Developer account (Register up to 5 devices)
  • 30-day free trial for The Social Machine
  • Contact for more pricing details

7. ioBridge
@iobridge
iobridge

Connect any product to a mobile device via the web with ioBridge’s RealTime.io IoT platform and RealTime.io Iota technology. Whether you need to connect a single product or more than one million products, ioBridge speeds your time to market and lowers your cost per connected product. More than 50,000 users in 40 countries are already relying on ioBridge to Internet-able their devices, gather product usage data, perform remote device maintenance and gain real-time, actionable insights to drive decision-making.

Key Features: 

  • Iota available as modules or firmware
  • Simple installation
  • Web API for custom applications
  • Integrate with proprietary or third-party systems
  • Free web-interface and user configurable dashboard
  • Customers can create dashboards without writing software
  • Supports 100,000 to 1,000,000 devices per server
  • No subscriptions required for end users
  • Iota-based gateway for off-the-shelf implementation

Cost: 

  • Iota Wi-Fi Evaluation Kit: $199
  • IO-204 Web Gateway Evaluation Kit: $199
  • Free personal dashboards, Android and iOS apps
  • Contact for more pricing details

8. SAP Internet of Things Solutions
 @SAPTechnology@SAP
sap

SAP’s IoT solutions facilitate connectivity and multi-directional communication to enable users to interact with their devices in new ways. Transforming operations in field service and remote asset management, providing supply chain visibility and predicting and remedying logistics bottlenecks are just some of the challenges solved by SAP’s remote maintenance and service, connected logistics and connected retail solutions for the IoT.

Key Features:

  • Integrate real-time data with distribution analytics
  • Track and monitor assets
  • Remotely update software
  • Real-time, end-to-end visibility into freight, containers, shipped goods
  • Identify and rectify logistics bottlenecks
  • Real-time traffic control
  • Gain insights into retail execution
  • Respond to up-to-the-minute demand signals
  • Use predictive algorithms for product-location optimization

Cost: Contact for a quote

9. Zatar
@Zatar_IoT
Zatar

A new cloud-based infrastructure that automatically detects (or “sees”) your devices and connects them to the Internet, Zatar is an open platform for managing your entire device network. By connecting all your devices to the same platform and facilitating M2M communication, all connected devices and their respective users can share data and collaborate seamlessly. Build new customer experiences or completely reinvent your business with Zatar’s IoT and M2M platform.

Key Features: 

  • User-friendly, tablet-optimized interface
  • Cloud-based platform
  • Out-of-the-box functionality; no development required
  • Individual, device-specific profiles
  • Real-time data visualization
  • Public or private devices with shared access options
  • Enables social media functions on IoT devices
  • Works with all types of devices
  • REST and JSON-based API
  • Scalable
  • Use off-the-shelf or custom apps

Cost: Contact for a quote

10. ThingWorx
@thingworx
thingwox

ThingWorx facilitates rapid, streamlined creation of end-to-end smart applications for agriculture, cities, grid, water, building and telematics. Traditional industries are transformed and equipped with modern-day connectivity and smarter solutions through connected devices that provide comprehensive data collection and analysis for data-driven decision-making. ThingWorx reduces the time, cost and risks of building M2M and IoT applications. Users can build comprehensive mobile interfaces with zero coding, take advantage of ThingWorx Composer for application modeling, as well as real-time dashboards and collaborative workspaces — all with the scalability to support millions of devices.

Key Features:

  • Model-based design with ThingWorx Composer
  • SQUEAL (Search, Query, Analysis) for search-based intelligence
  • Complete design, runtime and intelligence environment
  • Create real-time dashboards and collaborative workspaces
  • Create mobile interfaces without coding
  • Event-driven execution engine
  • 3-dimensional storage
  • Supports scale requirements for millions of devices
  • Supports 3rd-party device clouds, direct network connections and more

Cost: Contact for a quote

11. Arrayent
arrayent

Arrayent is an IoT platform for connected objects, enabling major brands like Whirlpool, Maytag and First Alert to bring smart, connected devices to consumers. The platform addresses both ends of the product spectrum with both enterprise and consumer apps, coupled with data analytics and a mobile framework for a complete plug-and-play installation at a reasonable cost. The platform scales to support millions of devices.

Key Features: 

  • Arrayent Connect Cloud hosts virtual devices
  • Complex application code resides in the cloud
  • Email and SMS alerts
  • iOS and Android push notifications
  • Trigger response actions with alerts
  • Over-the-air firmware downloads and updates
  • 200-400ms end-to-end response times
  • Device Protocol Interpreter (DPI) for legacy endpoint devices
  • Supports a variety of computing platforms
  • Consistent development interface across products

Cost: Contact for a quote

12. Sine-Wave Technologies
@Sine_Wave_Tech
sinewave

Sine-Wave Technologies is a premier Internet of Things platform enabling rapid development and deployment of high-performance, branded remote asset management solutions for enterprise companies. With a hosted set of APIs, the Sine-Wave Platform provides the support required to build, deploy and manage IoT applications. Hardware and network agnostic, Sine-Wave’s open platform supports smart devices from any vendor as well as custom-built devices. You can even integrate with your legacy back-office systems using Sine-Wave’s Business Adapter Framework.

Key Features: 

  • Work with any network infrastructure
  • Front-end API available via JavaScript/HTTP Servlet interface
  • Develop applications using any modern computing language
  • Device Adapter Framework written in Java or .NET
  • Automatically scales for growth; no re-engineering required
  • Interfaces for Transaction, Event, State and Trigger subsystems
  • Cloud-hosted infrastructure
  • Carrier-grade hosting platform
  • Redundancy, failover and scaling without any changes to code base
  • Business Adapter Framework to integrate legacy technologies
  • Pay-as-you-grow licensing

Cost: Contact for a quote

13. Ayla Networks
@aylanetworks
ayla

A cloud-based application enablement platform, Ayla Networks is a simple and cost-effective solution for OEMs to connect any device to the Internet. With an adaptive fabric for building innovative applications that bridge communications between device, cloud and application, Ayla Networks provides powerful software agents embedded in both connected devices and mobile device applications for end-to-end support. With Ayla Networks, you can integrate secure connectivity and data intelligence into any product without significant design or business model modifications.

Key Features:

  • No need to re-architect host processor code
  • Develop connected devices and apps in parallel
  • Fully scalable
  • Full over-the-air upgradeability
  • Manage users, devices, and data with complete visibility
  • Advanced application empowerment features
  • User behavior analytics
  • Cloud-cloud and cloud-enterprise APIs
  • Multiple integration options
  • Role-based permissions; multiple user types
  • Device mapping
  • Rules-based automation
  • Schedule activities with user-defined on/off schedules

Cost:

  • Ayla Design Kit with Murata Module: $399
  • Ayla Design Kit

    with USI Module: $399

  • Contact for more pricing details

14. Echelon
echelon

Echelon is an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform with a full suite of chips, stacks, modules, interfaces and management software for developing devices, peer-to-peer communities and applications delivered via the IzoT Device Stack, IzoT Server Stack and FT 6000 EVK. Echelon is distinct from a consumer IoT platform by addressing the core requirements for the IIoT, including autonomous control, industrial-strength reliability, support for legacy evolution and exceptional security.

Key Features: 

  • Supports wired or wireless devices
  • Chips, modules, routers and management software
  • Collect data from physical sensors and send to other devices
  • REST APIs
  • IzoT Python Package included in IzoT Device Stack
  • Publish-subscribe data model over IP
  • Ready-to-run software for Raspberry Pi
  • Build myriad load control devices

Cost: 

  • Download Beta version FREE
  • Contact for pricing information on royalty-free and premium commercial editions

 15. EVRYTHNG
@EVRYTHNG
evrything

Give any product or object its own Active Digital Identity with the EVRYTHNG Engine, offering rich APIs, secure access and a persistent online presence. With EVRYTHNG, customers can personalize products with unique, user-generated digital content, brands can reward customers for actions or purchases, turn products into virtual objects to enable social sharing to drive sales, and access real-time analytics to capitalize on and improve upon the features and capabilities consumers demand. An end-to-end platform, EVRYTHNG provides everything you need for making products smart, interactive and trackable.

Key Features: 

  • Serve millions of Active Digital Identities
  • Persistent, unique digital presence for any physical object
  • Object data exchange with CRMs or ERPs
  • Supports a variety of technologies
  • Control connected products directly from web
  • Unique and re-programmable short URL for every object
  • Powerful rules engine for personalized applications
  • Organize products with collections, tags or batches
  • Functional search
  • HTTPS and crypto-secure API tokens
  • Manage billions of objects without sacrificing performance

Cost: 

  • Developer Portal: FREE Beta registration
  • Contact for additional pricing information

16. Exosite
@exosite
exosite

Exosite enables developers to unlock the potential of Internet of Things applications with real-time, visual analytics and and scalable cloud device technologies. An end-to-end platform for building and deploying custom IoT applications, Exosite facilitates gaining valuable insights from everyday devices, empowering brands by putting their existing data at their fingertips in actionable form.

Key Features:

  • Hosted, server-based system
  • Web service APIs
  • Quickly prototype and deploy IoT apps
  • Built-in framework eliminates infrastructure complexities
  • Lightweight, flexible backend
  • UDP, HTTP, JSON RPC, and Provisioning APIs
  • Variety of Development Kits available

Cost:

  • Developer Account: FREE (2 devices, 1 user)
  • Device Key: $2/month
  • User Access: $7/month
  • SMS Text: $0.03/text

 17. Xively 
@XivelyIOT
xively

Xively, a LogMeIn product built on the Gravity Cloud, enables companies to leverage the Internet of Things to gain business insights from the physical world. Discover and deploy complete IoT solutions with the Xively IoT Platform, leverage innovations from Xively’s world-class partner ecosystem and integrate your physical devices and associated data with your existing CRM, ERP or other business systems. Xively streamlines development with a PaaS model with searchable libraries of objects and permissions for dozens of languages and platforms, and Xively’s RESTful API supports multiple data formats, including JSON, XML and CSV.

Key Features: 

  • IoT Platform-as-a-Service built on public cloud
  • Elastic scalability
  • Intuitive lifecycle management capabilities
  • Time-series archiving, conditional triggers and fine-grain permissions
  • Device provisioning, activation and management
  • Real-time message management and routing
  • Developer Workbench and Device Management Console
  • Supports millions of devices in real-time
  • RESTful API supports JSON, XML & CSV data formats
  • Client libraries for iOS, Android, JavaScript and more
  • Server libraries for Ruby, Python, Java and more

Cost: 

  • Developer Account: FREE
  • Contact for additional pricing information

18. Marvell
@marvellsemi
marvell

Marvell streamlines the process of bringing connected devices to the market with flexible and cost-effective solutions for OEMs and ODMs with both hardware and software solutions. Marvell’s Wi-Fi Microcontroller Internet of Things Platform is a hardware/software platform enabling seamless connectivity with mobile clients, cloud services and other devices. Marvell’s Avastar Wi-Fi SoCs feature firmware that performs much of the required Wi-Fi protocol handling, and the Easy-Connect Software is a feature-rich software stack for rapid development at a lower cost.

Key Features: 

  • FreeRTOS Operating system
  • Power management framework for low-power applications
  • Enable audio and visual streaming in any IoT device
  • Advanced networking middleware components
  • Built-in libraries to speed development
  • Built-in cloud and mobile client integrations
  • Flexible communications models for P2P, device-to-device
  • Over-the-air firmware upgrade support with minimal coding
  • Linux, Windows and MacOS development platform support

Cost: Contact for a quote

19. Carriots
@Carriots
carriots

Carriots is an IoT platform enabling companies to easily connect devices to the Internet and develop intelligent applications in just five steps. With two-way communication protocols, rule-based capabilities, and support for any device type, any hardware and Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Nanode and more, Carriots is a complete solution for quickly joining the IoT revolution.

Key Features: 

  • Apikeys, checksums and HTTPS
  • Data stored in NoSQL Big Data Base
  • RESTful API
  • Manage configurations and hardware remotely
  • If-then-else development approach
  • Groovy scripts; push and pull strategies
  • Integrate in external data flows or with other sysems

Cost: 

  • Up to 10 devices: FREE (2 API keys)
  • Corporate: 2 €/month/device (unlimited devices & API keys)
  • Private Cloud: Contact for a quote

20. Arkessa
@arkessa
arkessa

Providing connectivity and management solutions for the IoT, Arkessa enables monitoring, management and control of connected devices with the same level of streamlined functionality as though your devices were connected directly to your desktop through its Mosaic IoT platform. Arkessa’s Enterprise solutions empower companies to tap into the IoT to develop new revenue streams, improve customer satisfaction and deliver enhanced value from remote devices. Arkessa’s platform is proven across more than 500 mobile networks spanning more than 200 countries around the globe.

Key Features: 

  • Available as a PaaS, leased or licensed solution
  • Hosted in-cloud, in-data-center or on-premise
  • Compatible with new IoT devices or legacy M2M devices
  • Real-time control and consolidated data
  • Single estate management portal for device management
  • Oracle-certified as ExaStack Ready
  • Integrate machine data with CRM, ERP, big data and analytics systems
  • Fully encrypted data complies with international regulations
  • Supports GSM, GPRS, 3G, 4G, and satellite

Cost: Contact for a quote

21. GroveStreams
@grovestreams
grovestreams

From energy to health care to business, GroveStreams offers IoT solutions for a multitude of industries, including sensor technology for environmental monitoring. GroveStreams’ patent-pending data streaming analytics platform enables you to collect massive amounts of data and analyze in real-time to drive smarter decision-making.

Key Features: 

  • Can store over 60 million data points
  • Supports many data types
  • Accurate sample times to the millisecond
  • Derived streams
  • Interval gap detection for data quality monitoring
  • Drag-and-drop HTML dashboard
  • Role-based access security
  • RESTful API
  • Time-of-use filtering

Cost: 

  • Monthly Charge per Stream:
    • 0-20: FREE
    • 20+: $0.05
  • Charge per Transaction:
    • 0-10,000: FREE
    • 10,000+: $0.000005
  • Monthly Charge per SMS Notification:
    • 0-5: FREE
    • 5+: $0.03 per SMS
  • Email Notifications: 0-500/hour – FREE
  • GroveStreams Notifications: 0-500/hour – FREE
  • HTML Notifications: 0-500/hour – FREE

22. CeNSE by HP
@hpnews
cense

HP is revolutionizing the way data is gathered and analyzed with CeNSE (Central Nervous System for the Earth). It’s a highly-intelligent network consisting of billions of nanoscale sensors capable of taste, smell, vision, touch and hearing. Providing real-time data on the physical environment, CeNSE enables businesses and organizations to detect and respond better to environmental, biological and physical or structural changes. The first commercial application of CeNSE technology is being conducted with Shell, which will entail a wireless sensing system to acquire high-resolution seismic data for a clear picture of oil and gas reservoirs.

Key Features: 

  • Sensors will be able to detect gas leaks and other issues
  • Useful for roads, buildings and other infrastructure
  • Potential use for detecting food/water contamination
  • Useful for disease control and patient monitoring
  • Could lead to 10x gains in production
  • Could extend the life of manufacturing components by 50%

Cost: Custom applications only

23. ARM
@ARMPROffice
@ARMEmbedded
ARM

ARM creates sensors, controllers, microprocessors and other types of embedded intelligence for the IoT, enabling ordinary objects to automatically sense variables in the environment, communicate with other devices and objects and interact with cloud-based applications and other networks. ARM licenses technology to various partners, enabling organizations to add value and differentiate themselves from competitors. 

Key Features: 

  • Cortex processors
  • Develop high-performance, low-cost platforms
  • Processors handle multiple I/O channels and protocol standards
  • Keli Tools
  • PIPD ultra low-leakage libraries
  • Graphics processors and video engines
  • Smart cards, smart meters and other embedded products
  • Peripherals and development tools; DS-5 Development Studio

Cost: Contact for a quote

24. Nimbits
Nimbits

Nimbits is aPaaS that can be downloaded on a Raspberry Pi, Web Server, Amazon EC2, or Google App Engine. The platform is used for developing hardware and software solutions that can connect to the cloud or to each other, logging and retrieving large amounts of data from physical devices, triggering events or alerts, or initiating complex analysis.

Key Features: 

  • Download Nimbits servers on chips, servers or the cloud
  • Open-source platform
  • Event triggers and alerts
  • Record and process geo and time-stamped data
  • Build provided for Google App Engine and Linux Systems
  • Compatible with most J2EE servers (Apache Tomcat, Jetty Server)

Cost: FREE

25. Open Sen.se
@sen_se
sense

Open Sen.se doesn’t address the Internet of Things, but the Internet of Everything — a world in which humans, nature, machines, information, objects and environments all interact and communicate in different ways. Open Sen.se provides a platform for imagining, prototyping and testing new devices, installations, scenarios and applications for this new interconnected world. It’s both free and easy to use, enabling both professionals and amateur hobbyists to experiment with ease.

Key Features: 

  • Turn information into action with triggers
  • Devices, humans and applications post data to Sen.se
  • Real-time interaction with remote devices and objects
  • Rich visualizations
  • Mashup tools

Cost: 

  • FREE
  • Open only to a limited number of users presently

26. Paraimpu
@paraimpu
paraimpu

Paraimpu is a social tool for connecting physical and virtual devices, composing and interconnecting them and sharing data and published objects on the social web. Using Paraimpu, you can create customized applications for the Internet of Things, enabling your devices and objects to react to environmental changes, activities or events. Ultimately, the result is a physical-virtual web mashup in which users can tap into shared data and virtual objects to further their own applications and devices.

Key Features: 

  • Connect things, services, devices and APIs
  • Link things together or connect to social networks
  • Set rules and triggers
  • Easy-to-use facilities for Max/MSP
  • Pre-defined Things categories
  • Create and manage things-based applications
  • Connect up to 8 things
  • 43,200 communications per month
  • 500 data items per thing stored in the cloud

Cost: FREE

27. Sociot.al
sociotal

Sociot.al is a project focused on creating a socially aware, citizen-centric Internet of Things. Today, the IoT is heavily business-centric, with enterprise applications being used to optimize business processes and extract real-world knowledge from environments. In these systems, the data is available only within a pre-defined network or space. Sociot.al aims to bridge the gap between these enterprise, business-centric IoT systems and citizen provided infrastructure, facilitating open eco-systems in which data and information are shared freely and securely. An ongoing, in-the-works project, Sociot.al has a clear workplan and vision for enabling a citizen-centric IoT.

Key Features: 

  • Proposed tools and workplan to lower barriers of citizen participation in IoT:
    • Simple, intuitive user environment
    • API for device integration
    • Simple service creation capabilities
    • Plugins for most common platforms
    • Service creation environment for developers
    • Professional and citizen contributions
  • Piloting 2 services in Santander and Novi Sad:
    • Public safety
    • Resource efficiency

Cost: Pricing information not yet available

28. NewAer
@NewAer
newaer

NewAer’s proximity platform SDK is a lightweight, low-power client for making apps contextually-aware without beacons. It works across all types of devices and platforms, works equally well both inside and outside, and is capable of triggering actions both in-device or in-cloud. NewAer also offers three applications: Share, for exchanging files between nearby devices, Kiosk, enabling proximity advertising without the use of beacons, and ToothTag, for setting actions and customizations without pairing by simply tagging devices.

Key Features: 

  • Build apps for all types of devices
  • No extra hardware
  • Enables communication between any platforms
  • Use anything as a beacon
  • No pairing necessary; utilizes radio technology
  • All radios interact rather than existing in parallel
  • Path rules to applications
  • Low power

Cost:

  • Proximity Platform: FREE
  • ToothTag: FREE
  • Share: FREE
  • Kiosk: Contact for a quote

29. SensorCloud
@SensorCloudNews
SensorCloud

SensorCloud is a solution from LORD MicroStrain, a company that produces smart, embedded transducers, sensors and sensor networks. SensorCloud provides integrated Big Data analytics, automated alerts and actionable reports for predictive maintenance and streamlined monitoring of connected devices. A unique data storage, virtualization and remote management platform, SensorCloud supports any device, sensor or sensor network through an OpenData API.

Key Features: 

  • Unlimited data storage
  • Triple-redundant reliability
  • Collect and preserve long-term sensor data streams
  • Time series visualization/graphing tool
  • Easily navigate through vast amounts of data
  • Drill down to singular points of interest
  • Quickly deploy data processing and analysis apps
  • Flexible SMS/email alert scripting

Cost:

  • FREE: 3 million data points/month
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote
  • OEM: Contact for a quote

30. ThingSpeak
@thingspeak
thingspeak

An open data platform for the Internet of Things, ThingSpeak enables real-time data collection with an Open API and sophisticated data processing and analysis capabilities. With plugins, data visualizations and the ability to integrate your data with a variety of third-party platforms, systems and technologies, including other leading IoT platforms such as ioBridge and Arduino, ThingSpeak is the perfect compliment to an existing enterprise system to tap into the Internet of Things.

Key Features: 

  • Open API
  • Integrate with Raspberry Pi, Adruino, ioBridge/RealTime.io and more
  • Geo-location data
  • Data processing and visualizations
  • Device status messages
  • Social network integration
  • Integrations with data analytics and third-party services
  • ThingSpeak API powered by Phusion Passenger Enterprise

Cost: FREE

31. Yaler
@yaler
yaler

Yaler provides a relay infrastructure providing secure Web and SSH access to embedded systems, even if they’re located behind a firewall, NAT or mobile network router, and it works with any device with a TCP socket. A pay-per-use platform, Yaler is a cost-effective solution offering premium enterprise support. Examples are provided in C, C#, Java and Python for use with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Netduino, BeagleBone and similar devices.

Key Features: 

  • Plug-and-play functionality for end users
  • Access via any browser or phone
  • Addressability and accessibility for devices blocked by firewalls, NAT or mobile routers
  • Access your device from a client such as a browser, Curl, Android, etc.

Cost: Contact for a quote

32. Jasper
@Jasper_IoT
jasper

Jasper is used by some of the world’s largest corporations to launch, manage and monetize connected devices and powerful IoT applications. The highly-configurable Jasper Control Board Platform is customizable to suit your specific operational needs, business models and requirements across all industries and around the world. Jasper serves IoT needs such as connected cars and enterprise mobility, offering full network visibility across all devices and real-time monitoring for precise control and deeper insights to drive decision-making.

Key Features: 

  • Automate and control devices
  • Analyze behavior patterns and performance
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Configure rules for segmentation and scoring
  • Set up offers, campaigns and programs
  • Define service alerts and campaign events
  • Maintain full network visibility
  • Automate activation processes
  • Real-time issue identification and troubleshooting
  • Integrates with existing IT infrastructure

Cost: Contact for a quote

33. XobXob
@xobxobmob
xobxob

Add any project to the IoT with XobXob’s simple cloud service. Connected devices can send and receive messages from Xobs, which function as small mailboxes. By sharing Xobs, devices can communicate and interact with each other, enabling actions such as the remote control of a garage door using a smartphone. Designed to be simple with minimal programming required, XobXob provides a range of sample projects and tools to streamline the process.

Key Features: 

  • Connects physical and virtual devices
  • RESTful API
  • Works with any platform connected to the Internet
  • Arduino libraries
  • Currently in Alpha phase
  • Additional libraries and sample projects to be itnroduced

Cost: FREE (Current Alpha version)

34. Linkafy
@linkafy
linkafy

Linkafy empowers the smart home with a PaaS for appliance manufacturers to easily introduce connected appliances to the market. Linkafy serves as a single application that can control all appliances in the end user’s home or environment, rather than the complex myriad of apps generally required to operate multiple devices from different manufacturers. Manufacturers use Linkafy’s API or SDK to integrate with IoT-ready devices, enabling customers to control, monitor and schedule tasks on multiple home appliances from a central interface.

Key Features: 

  • View appliance notifications in a central interface
  • Handle notifications and schedule tasks remotely
  • Share remote control and monitoring with other users
  • Monitor utilities consumption over time 
  • Notifications based on events and triggers
  • Configure daily schedules for security monitoring or other actions
  • Works across all mobile platforms

Cost: 

  • FREE: 1 appliance, 10 instances
  • Micro Manufacturer: $79/month – 1 appliance, 1,000 instances
  • Small Manufacturer: $349/month – 3 appliances, 5,000 instances
  • Big Manufacturer: $789/month – 5 appliances, 10,000 instances

35. Revolv
revolv

Unify, control and automate all of your smart home appliances and connected devices with Revolv. A future-proofed system with 7 radios and compatibility with hundreds of devices, Revolv is a simple and seamless solution for end consumers to make sense and take control over the IoT.

Key Features: 

  • Home or remote control of lights, appliances
  • Connect to the Hub via local Wi-Fi
  • No Ethernet cable required
  • Flash Link™ technology uses smartphone camera flash to transfer data
  • Central ‘Home’ Dashboard offers birds-eye view of all devices
  • Set up device-to-device automated actions
  • Geo-Sense, Time-Based, Device-to-Device, On-Demand actions

Cost:

  • $299 for iOS (Android coming soon)
  • Free lifetime service subscription
  • Free monthly updates for additional device support
  • Free future firmware updates

36. Wind River
@WindRiver
windriver

Wind River has been providing connected intelligence of the IoT-caliber for decades. Wind River provides a foundation for the reliable and efficient operation of IoT networks and connected devices for highly-regulated industries and mission-critical applications.

Key Features: 

  • Connect legacy devices to the IoT
  • Manage sensor data
  • Real-time monitoring and analysis
  • Powers sophisticated applications for automotive, aerospace and more
  • Converge siloed systems

Cost: Contact for a quote

37. Wovyn
@Wovyn
wovyn

An open, distributed architecture for delving into new opportunities and business models with the IoT, Wovyn is capable of connecting any sensor to any app using any protocol. Used for personal, commercial, industrial and military applications, Wovyn is a powerful middleware platform for the Internet of Things.

Key Features: 

  • Wireless sensors for real-time monitoring
  • Configure notifications via SMS, Text or Email
  • Wi-Fi, 2G and 3G Connectivity
  • Flexible platform
  • Wovyn USB and Wi-Fi sensor products

Cost: Contact for a quote

38. Microsoft Research Lab of Things
@Microsoft
microsoft

A platform for experimental research, Microsoft Research’s Lab of Things is an innovative solution enabling the interconnection of devices and implementation of application scenarios. Enterprises can deploy and monitor field studies and analyze experimental data, as well as share data, code and participants among a connected, cooperative community. Projects span healthcare, energy management, home automation and other sectors, supporting large numbers of sensors and devices at scale.

Key Features: 

  • Deploy sensors and devices
  • HomeOS client side component/source code platform
  • HomeOS deployed on Windows-based PC (HomeHub)
  • Experiments are deployed from HomeHubs
  • Apps and source code samples
  • Alerts, Camera Viewer, Sensor, Lights apps
  • Deploy off-the-shelf or custom devices

Cost: 

  • Non-commercial academic research use: FREE
  • Standard or commercial use: Contact for a quote

39. InfoBright
@infobright
infobright

InfoBright helps enterprises to compete based on analytical maturity with its Knowledge Grid architecture that serves as an analytical database platform for the Internet of Things, empowering businesses to store, analyze and act upon vast amounts of machine-generated data. With a free community edition and an enterprise-class version for companies requiring robust performance and capabilities, InfoBright is compatible with leading Business Intelligence platforms such as Cognos and Microstrategy, facilitating fully interconnected business systems.

Key Features: 

  • No specific schemas required
  • Compatible with Business Intelligence platforms (Pentaho, Talend, Jaspersoft, etc.)
  • Query and load performance remain constant with database growth
  • Distributed Load Processor for loading TBs per hour
  • Scales to handle petrabytes of data
  • No complex hardware infrastructure required
  • Runs on industry-standard, low-cost servers
  • Each server can scale to process hundreds of tetrabytes of data
  • 10:1 to 40:1 data compression
  • Fast response times for complex ad-hoc queries

Cost: 

  • Community Edition: FREE
  • Enterprise Edition: Contact for a quote (30-day free trial)

40. Contiki
contiki

Contiki is an open-source operating system for the Internet of Things, connecting low-cost, low-power microcontrollers to the Internet and enabling rapid, streamlined development. Instant Contiki provides an entire development environment in a single download, and applications are written in standard C. The Cooja simulator Contiki networks can be emulated before burned into hardware; Contiki runs on a range of low-power wireless devices — most of which can be purchased easily via the Internet. There are a variety of hardware platforms available for free within the Contiki code.

Key Features: 

  • Highly memory efficient
  • Memory allocation mechanisms (memm, memb, etc.)
  • Full IP network stack
  • Designed for extremely low-power systems
  • Supports standardized standardized IETF protocols
  • ContikiMAC radio duty cycling mechanism enables sleepy routers
  • Coffee, lightweight flash file system
  • Optional command-line shell
  • Rime wireless networking stack
  • Cooja simulator for emulating hardware devices

Cost: FREE

41. 2lemetry
@2lemetry
2lemetry

2lemetry powers the connected enterprise, transforming raw data into real-time actionable intelligence by interconnecting people, devices and data. Functioning similar to an Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) middleware solution, the 2lemetry ThingFabric platform provides scaled device connectivity, cross communication and data brokerage and storage. But 2lemetry doesn’t stop with data collection, providing predictive computational models and a configurable rules engine for enabling automation and gaining actionable intelligence.

Key Features: 

  • Hardware agnostic
  • Small device client footprint
  • No database design or complex device configuration required
  • Auto-provisioning
  • Makes data immediately available in local business applications
  • No minimum or maximum device limits
  • Capable of storing billions of records per customer (petrabytes of data)
  • Instant read-write capabilities even for major Big Data loads
  • ISO 270001 compliant, with partners completing SAS70 Type II audit

Cost:

  • FREE user accounts
  • Contact for additional pricing information

42. AllJoyn
@AllJoyn
alljoyn

AllJoyn enables compatible smart devices within proximity to recognize one another, communicate and share data across brands, networks and operating systems. Initially developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., AllJoyn is now an open-source project of the AllSeen Alliance, providing a common central language to support the Internet of Things and empowering developers and manufacturers with the tools and technologies they need for forward-thinking IoT innovation.

Key Features: 

  • Powerful engine enabling P2P experiences
  • Proximal peer connectivity
  • Reduce time, effort and cost of adding P2P capabilities to apps
  • Supports a variety of operating systems
  • Optimized for mobile
  • High performance; low latency

Cost: FREE

43. InterDigital
@InterDigitalCom
interdigital

Developing fundamental enabling technologies for M2M communications and facilitating a common framework and roadmap for cellular operators, service providers and device manufacturers, InterDigtial is centered around a standard service layer and API. Both are independent, network- and application-aware, fully enabling manufacturers and developers to harness the potential of M2M communications. InterDigital has been contributing to the IoT standardization process since 2009, building pioneering prototypes and demonstrations to support the emerging oneM2M global standard.

Key Features:

  • Adaptable to emerging oneM2M global standard
  • Network agnostic
  • Removes dependency on proprietary technology solutions
  • Enables development of M2M and IoT applications across verticals
  • Configurable, easy-to-use SDK
  • Greatly reduced CAPEX and OPEX; re-use service packages
  • Standardized Service Delivery Platform (SDP)
  • Minimizes M2M/IoT traffic in the core network
  • Set of common APIs for scalable/horizontal M2M and IoT services
  • Integrate multiple applications and manage entire ecosystems

Cost: Contact for a quote and request access

44. Superflux Internet of Things Academy (IoTA) 
@Superflux
superflux

Design and research lab Superflux is working on an ongoing project commissioned by Sony to experiment with building IoTA, an open, educational Internet-of-Things platform to encourage innovation and creativity and enhance technological literacy. It’s a part of Sony’s Futurescapes project in collaboration with Forum for the Future, first a proposed concept that has now evolved to the investigation of actually developing the proposed model. A film documents the experience to date, conducted in conjunction with Forum for the Future and Technology Will Save Us. The project is currently in talks with potential partners with the goal of developing experience prototypes.

Key Features: 

  • Currently in investigation phase
  • Pilot project at Oasis Academy in Manchester
  • Goals:
    • Balance accessibility with complexity to encourage broad use
    • Adaptable to grow with vast amounts of user-generated content
    • Well-connected with networks and companies outside the Academy
  • Dedicated design and experience prototyping phase next

Cost: Pricing information not yet available

45. HarvestGeek
@HarvestGeek
HarvestGeek

HarvestGeek is an excellent example of an innovative IoT application in real-world use. HarvestGeek enables sustainable agriculture with smart technology that builds sensors into gardens and crops, providing essential data on temperature, light, moisture and other conditions that impact plant growth. Data can be used to trigger automated actions, meaning users can control equipment to rectify environmental conditions to maximize yield.

Key Features: 

  • Monitor conditions remotely and in real-time
  • Detect and rectify problems
  • Log data for detailed review and analysis
  • Create customized alerts
  • Automate greenhouse operations
  • Open-source platform

Cost: FREE

46. MediaTek Labs
@MediaTek
mediatek

MediaTek Labs is a developer-centric ecosystem supporting device creation, application development and services surrounding MediaTek’s other products and services. A provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, MediaTek Labs is a central hub for all MediaTek developer and creator offerings, including SDKs, HDKs, technical documentation and support. Recently, the company introduced MediaTek LinkIt, a platform enabling the development of wearable devices and IoT applications.

Key Features:

  • MediaTek Aster, the smallest SoC for wearable devices
  • Reference designs for various form factors, functionalities and connected services
  • Software architecture modularity
  • Plug-in SDKs for Arduino and VisualStudio
  • Supports over-the-air updates for apps, algorithms and drivers

Cost: 

  • Contact for a quote
  • Currently pre-registering interested partners
  • Slated to open Q3 2014

47. Streamlite LTE
@Sequans
streamlite

Sequan’s product line for the connected devices market, Streamlite LTE provides both functionality and throughput to empower cost-effective IoT devices. The Colibri LTE platform is the core Streamlite LTE offering, delivering an ideal set of IoT-compatible features for high efficiency and cost-effective solutions. Suitable for adding connectivity to to M2M and IoT modules, Colibri LTE provides a comprehensive software package for  over-the-air device management.

Key Features: 

  • Throughput up to Category 4
  • Sequans AIR™ interference cancellation technology
  • Android, ChromeOS, Linux, Windows, MAC OS host environments
  • Enhanced, integrated network and application CPU
  • Carrier-proven LTE protocol stack
  • Suitable for designing tablets, CPE, mobile routers, PCs, residential gateways and more

Cost: Contact for a quote

48. Bosch Software Innovations Suite
@BoschSI
bosch

The Bosch Software Innovations Suite is modular for advanced flexibility, enabling device management, business process management, and business rules management for the IoT. It integrates seamlessly with existing IT infrastructures for streamlined connectivity and enhanced data analytics. The Bosch Software Innovations Suite is powering the IoT by connecting the four key elements of the ecosystem: People (Users) , Things, Enterprises and Partners.

Key Features: 

  • Modular system
  • Quick, easy integration with IT systems
  • Process, rule and device management
  • Proven technology
  • Improve existing projects
  • Initiate new business models
  • Deployed in 600+ international projects

Cost: Contact for a quote

49. RIoTboard
riotboard

RIoTboard is revolutionizing the Internet of Things with its open-source platform serving demanding applications that require high levels of processing power. It’s an open-source board with detailed schematics downloadable for use in any design, and it offers an Android OS distribution for applications requiring tablet or mobile experiences, as well as a Linux download.

Key Features: 

  • Peripherals, expandability and processor power
  • Freescale i.MX 6Solo applications processor
  • ARM Cortex-A9 architecture
  • Sophisticated graphics and video processing capabilities
  • Freescale’s Kinetis MCU (K20) MCU integration
  • Variety of interfaces and connectivity options

Cost: $79