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2015/16 Awards

Must-Follow Company

Whether they’ve been in the Internet of Things business for years or are just getting started, some companies seem to have captured more than their fair share of attention this year. The Must-Follow Company award commends the teams that have us all on the edge of our seats, wondering what they’ll come up with next.

Nominees

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Arkessa help smart businesses turn their ideas into real connected products and services that transform the way they work and delight their customers.

1. Mobile Broadband for Fujitsu HyperConnected Van. Transforming business operations and customer service.

  • ‍In-vehicle Wireless Broadband keeps remote workers connected to the Enterprise systems via a secure, fully managed mobile broadband service provided by Arkessa.
  • ‍Enterprise-grade Mobile Broadband with Fail-over protection. Channel Bonding increases bandwidth utilization. Multi-network coverage provides resilient connection.
  • ‍Field service personnel can be fully informed in real-time ensuring they get to the right place at the right time and with the right kit.
  • Eliminates second visits, saves time and fuel. Improves customer experience.

2. Reliable connectivity for Child Angel wearable location/health device. Gives your kids the freedom to roam but keep tabs on them via a smartphone app

  • ‍A new wearable child locator device will launch next month enabling parents to safely give their children some of the freedom they crave.
  • ‍Child Angel is one of the smallest and most advanced child locator devices available in the world today. Safe and reliable location monitoring is provided by combining GPS, Wi-Fi hotspot triangulation and M2M cellular technologies.
  • ‍Arkessa's M2M Connectivity as a Service enables Child Angel to connect straight out-of-the-box and deploy in any country.
  • The first-time cellular connect capability makes it easy and quick to deploy and remotely activate Child Angel while also extending battery life and removing the operational complexities of dealing with the vast array of mobile network operators across the world.
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Bastille is the first company to offer a complete security solution for the Internet of Things (IoT).   The idea is that millions of new Internet connected devices will flood the market over the next 5 years; companies need to know what devices are operating in their environments. Bastille offers intrusion detection and vulnerability assessment solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things. By providing real-time device and behavior data, Bastille provides unprecedented visibility into every emitting device.  

This technology allows companies to easily update software in order to keep pace with the ever-increasing threat vectors associated with the Internet of Things.  For the first time, corporations will be able to have a complete view of what is in their environment in order to appropriately assess and mitigate threats before they can impact people or assets.  Bastille currently has pilots with several top tiered financial organizations and is estimated to add 50 technology jobs in Atlanta and San Francisco in 2016. 

As part of the solution, the Bastille solution allows Enterprises to:

  • ‍Detect unauthorized personnel and/or devicesSecure sensitive areas with a geofence that will alert when unauthorized devices are present
  • Detect rogue devices, such as hotpots and femtocells that could be used to transmit data outside of the corporate network
  • ‍Assist with emergency management control
  • Monitor ingress and egress points within the facility
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Blue Pillar connects, collects and controls all types of distributed energy assets through Aurora®, the world-s first vendor-agnostic Energy Network of Things- platform to increase energy efficiency, resiliency and self-sufficiency. Recognized as one of the 15 fastest growing energy tech companies in North America by the Deloitte Fast 500-, Blue Pillar is disrupting the energy management industry with simplified, ubiquitous connectivity to all energy assets.

As the leading provider of Industrial IoT connectivity and centralized energy management software solutions, Blue Pillar has already connected thousands of meters and distributed generation assets such as back-up generators, central heat and power plants, and other microgrid assets, in order to offer end-customers the control needed to save money on energy bills and the resiliency required to avoid future power outages.

By utilizing IoT technology to redefine how facilities manage energy assets, Blue Pillar's Aurora platform makes it possible for facilities to connect to, and gather energy use data from, any existing facility equipment and all generator and EPSS assets, regardless of vintage, make, model or age. Once assets are connected, the data gathered provides insight into operations as never seen before, and at a lower cost. The Aurora platform makes it possible to collect real-time energy management data from any connected asset through any application. This helps facilities improve resiliency, reduce energy costs and become increasingly more self-sufficient.

This truly disruptive product offering has been used at more than 400 of the world-s most critical and complex facilities and has enabled energy service providers to control more than 400 megawatts of distributed generation. With this market momentum, Blue Pillar is quickly becoming the de-facto Energy Network of Things platform for any organization requiring centralized control over their behind-the-meter assets.

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Bosch has been an early IoT visionary: Bosch Software Innovations emerged out of the two earliest acquisitions in the IoT space (Innovations Software Technology in 2008 and inubit AG in 2011). With our specialist skills in software and systems, we at Bosch Software Innovations spearhead Bosch's IoT initiatives. 

Our goal is to develop outstanding software solutions and products that take our internal and external customers to the next level of the IoT. Bosch Software Innovations designs, develops, and operates innovative software and system solutions for the areas of mobility, energy, manufacturing, city and building. Our IoT platform - the Bosch IoT Suite - allows the interaction of devices, users, companies and partners on a centralized platform. This enables the development of innovative and future-oriented solutions for new business models. 

Just recently, Bosch completed the acquisition of ProSyst Software, an established Java and OSGi specialist for gateway software and IoT middleware. ProSyst's software provides the perfect complement to the device management component in the Bosch IoT Suite. 

With some 700 associates worldwide, Bosch Software Innovations has locations in Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Immenstaad, and Stuttgart), Singapore, China (Shanghai), Bulgaria (Sofia) and the United States (Chicago).

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Mender is an automated over-the-air software updates platform for the Industrial Internet of Things. Safely and securely update embedded devices in the field. Built upon the battle-hardened scalability of a configuration management framework that currently manages over 10 million systems,

Mender provides an OTA software updates solution to mend vulnerabilities and software bugs to field-deployed Linux devices.

With proper authentication and secured communication protocols, Mender is designed for security-sensitive and mission critical devices in the field.

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Netvibes- Dashboard of Things (DoT) revolutionizes the Internet of Things by making it simple to control complex interactions between apps, data and connected smart devices. You pick the Trigger(s) and Action(s), and your custom Netvibes "Potion" makes the magic happen: If A or B triggers happen, then do X and Y actions; otherwise do Z.

Consumers can automate their homes and devices (e.g., Turn on the lights at sunset), while enterprises can automate their business logic (e.g., If the website goes down, text the administrator and automatically begin the reboot process through SSH).

Netvibes DoT is unique among IoT solutions because only Netvibes enables complex interactions involving multiple triggers and conditional actions. This means that users can go beyond simple "If this one thing happens, then do this one thing" programming; rather, users can now design their own Internet of Things to perform exactly as they wish. With Netvibes, users can get very specific and granular about the interactions they want to automate. 

For example:

  • When I weigh myself on my Withings smart scale:
  • If my weight is within my target range, then congratulate myself on Twitter and text my wife. Otherwise, email myself to keep trying.
  • When my Nest Protect detects smoke in my home:
  • If the date is Aug. 13-20 (while I'm on vacation), then text my neighbor. Otherwise, text me.

These are just a few examples; with Netvibes Potions the possibilities are limitless. The magic of Netvibes is that now EVERYONE can put IoT to work for them. The dashboard-s simple interface allows non-programmers to drag-and-drop Triggers and Actions together to easily customize their own Potion. Technical users and engineers can switch to -Advanced Mode- to write their own Potions from scratch, using Netvibes Programming Language. Make magic happen!

Wired: A Dashboard That Lets You Easily Connect Web Services, From Email to Twitter

VentureBeat: NetVibes evolves to become your dashboard and connector for the Internet of Things

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UNLEASH THE POWER OF PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS

Predikto Enterprise provides flexibility and scalability in an easy-to-use SaaS offering that enables anomaly detection and predictive analytics for machine data and the industrial internet-of-things. Predikto Enterprise works with machine data generated by all devices, control systems, sensors, SCADA, networks, and applications.

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Headquartered in San Francisco, PubNub is a secure global Data Stream Network and easy-to-use API that enables its customers to connect, scale, and manage realtime applications and IoT devices. With over 70 SDKs for every platform, 250ms worldwide data transfer times, and scalability for hundreds of millions of devices, PubNub’s unique infrastructure provides the ability to easily connect and operate world-class realtime applications and IoT devices.  The PubNub Data Stream Network delivers a new communication model to ensure secure, global IoT communication offering a ubiquitous, secure, bi-directional protocol. 

By using PubNub, developers have the ability to create the real-time interactions that customers have come to expect. PubNub has over 2,000 customers and partners, and is currently averaging 1 trillion messages per month on over 300 million unique devices worldwide.  Every message published to the PubNub Data Stream Network is automatically replicated to over 15 data centers.  Using a simple Publish/Subscribe and “Channel” model, devices and services can communicate via PubNub quickly and easily.    

The PubNub Data Stream Network connects devices with “always-on” open sockets, delivering ¼-second-latency, bi-directional signaling while simultaneously solving the problems of power drain, excessive bandwidth, and open network ports that are usually road blocks for this kind of solution.  

PubNub recently announced a Series C round of funding of $25 million bringing its total to $40.1 million. 

Examples of IoT Companies/Developers Using PubNub’s platform include: 

  • ‍Atmel 
  • ‍Insteon 
  • ‍Arduino
  • ‍Accedo Dispatch
  • Lyft
  • ‍GetTaxi
  • ‍Keychain Logistics
  • ‍Microchip Technology
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RTI is the world's largest embedded middleware provider, privately held in Sunnyvale, California, and provides the connectivity platform for the Industrial Internet of Things.

Stan Schneider is CEO at Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things communications platform company. RTI is the largest embedded middleware vendor and has an extensive footprint in all areas of the Industrial Internet, including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control.

In 2014, Stan was elected to the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee. With over 140 companies, the goal of the IIC is to develop, test, and promote the standards that are crucial to the success of the next industrial revolution. The IIC is also building use cases, test beds, architectures for the Industrial Internet. Stan serves on the Steering Committee with members from AT&T, GE, Cisco, IBM, Intel, Accenture, Fujitsu, and Vanderbilt University.

RTI is not only a member of both the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), but is also involved in more than 15 standards and consortia efforts. RTI has been a member of the IIC since its conception and Stan serves as the leader of the IIC small business steering committee. The role of the steering committee includes (but is not limited to) fiscal oversight and setting up subcommittees such as research selection, test bed creation and defining standards requirements and priorities. Stan and RTI are working with companies including Duke Energy, GE Healthcare and the U.S. Army to drive real-world adoption of the IIoT. Additionally, RTI was named “The Most influential Industrial Internet if Things Company” in 2014 by Appinions and published in Forbes, ahead of companies such as GE, Google, Apple and Cisco. This supports the fact that RTI has been working with IIoT systems since before the term “IIoT” was coined.

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Semtech's LoRa RF platform (SX127X product family) is a 2-way wireless solution that complements M2M cellular infrastructure, and provides a low-cost way to connect battery operated and mobile devices to the network infrastructure.

By combining our LoRa RF transceiver products with our LoRa concentrator gateway, you can create networks with longer ranges and the capacity to handle millions of devices. You can also improve the battery lifetime of your end-user devices, while minimizing signal interference. The result is a network ideal for Internet of Things (IoT), metering, security, asset tracking, and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

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SIGFOX is the 1st cellular network operator dedicated to M2M and IoT.

Our global network is dedicated to providing long-range, low-throughput, cost-effective and energy-efficient connectivity that is perfectly suited for such two-way communication. It therefore eliminates the cost and energy-use barriers to wide adoption of the IoT and greatly extends the battery and service life of connected devices.

Our network is established in France, Spain, the Netherlands and the U.K., and several European cities through the SIGFOX Network Operator program. We expect to roll it out soon in several more European countries and in North America and Asia Pacific, and go worldwide following..

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Slock.it brings the benefits of the Blockchain - transparency, security and auditablity - to real-word objects.

Our technology can be embedded in almost any device and the first prototypes are already in the hands of developers.

Find, rent and control any Slock from your smartphone

All the objects you rent, own or share - accessible from anywhere in the world.

Give access to an extra tenant to your flat, lock up the shed, immobilize any asset, all through our intuitive mobile application. Indisputable ownership rights on the go.

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ThingPlus (https://thingplus.net) enables customers to build faster, cheaper, reliable and scalable IoT services. ThingPlus helps customers to take full control of their IoT services by connecting, managing, and analyzing their devices in real time.

ThingPlus cloud provides real-time status, rule-based alerts/automatic control, graph analysis, and reports for their devices. ThingPlus cloud offers a white-labeled platform together with the  pre-integrated device middleware and full scale web application while existing IoT solutions require customers to integrate devices with server system and develop client applications by their own efforts. ThingPlus is the best solution on quick start your easy-to-use IoT service.

* ThingPlus Cloud

  - Highly available, horizontally scalable cloud service

  - Private Cloud: We have an option to provide customer specific server space separated physically

  - Virtual sensors created from external data sources can be used together with physical sensors

  - B2B ready features: Business area agnostic modeling of gateway/device/sensor and service/site/user

  - Developer features: Developers can use Free IoT service (https://iot.thingplus.net) with OpenHardware and REST APIs. (http://support.thingplus.net)

* ThingPlus Embedded

  - All level of devices are supported:

    - Windows, OS X, Linux, Embedded Linux, Android and RTOS based low-end devices

  - Readiness for fast integration:

    - Always connected: Offline DB sync and modem connection management

    - Device management and sensor management

    - Security: Secure connection and gateway authentication/authorization to ThingPlus cloud

* ThingPlus Portal

  - Customizable dashboard UI widget

  - Chart and Statistics analysis: multiple charts with zoom and pan, Statistics report

  - Real-time monitoring over web: alerts and real-time dashboard

  - -Trigger-Condition-Action- based distributed rule engine

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Vectra Networks: The company for securing against potential risks posed by IoT. 

The whole realm of IoT security is in its infancy and, as a consequence, currently exposed to a rapidly expanding number of threats that cannot yet be efficiently mitigated. This means that many of these devices are unlikely to be protected by traditional signature based defenses and will almost assuredly be unable to run client-based end-point security solutions. 

Devices such as Wi-Fi access points, heating controllers, cameras, vending machines, or any of the thousands of other B2B and consumer devices on the growing IoT market pose a potential IT security threat.  This is why organizations that embrace IoT need to supplement traditional security with behaviour-based models of threat detection - the best way to detect an active threat or attack regardless of the type of device that was first infected - and this is why organizations adopting IoT need Vectra Networks.

  • Vectra Networks, the leader in real-time detection of in-progress cyber attacks, uses behavior-based analysis, that can detect if any of these devices begin scanning the network, spreading malware or creating covert connections out to hacker sites to funnel data. 
  • Vectra demonstrated the risks associated with even seemingly innocuous IoT devices by successfully reprogramming a WiFi-enabled security web camera and turned it into a persistent backdoor which would give it unrestricted access into and out of the network it was attached to without disrupting its function as a camera. •
  • Vectra can mitigate and stop an attack such as this with behavior-based threat detection network-wide unified security of all devices without the bottle-neck of out-of-date threat databases. Something that signature-based security solutions alone cannot achieve.
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Zonoff empowers the world’s leading brands to deliver smart, seamless living to the mass market through our Consumer Internet of Things software and services platform. Zonoff offers a proven, enterprise-scale Consumer IoT Platform with the interoperability, flexibility and reliability needed to successfully support mass market Smart Home offerings. Zonoff’s end-to-end, white-label solution includes the world-class Z1 Software Suite, an exceptional user interface framework, proven hardware reference designs, robust data analytics, a comprehensive device ecosystem and subscription-based services. Zonoff’s Consumer IoT technology and services platform has been successfully adopted by leading brands in multiple vertical markets. 

In the crowded and confusing Smart Home category, Zonoff’s Consumer IoT Platform provides clients four key benefits essential to implementing mass market solutions: interoperability, reliability, expandability and scalability. Zonoff gives clients the confidence to build their offering on the Zonoff platform because it is protocol and device agnostic, equipped with an industry-leading on-premise/cloud hybrid architecture, and it is future-proofed for the addition of new protocols, devices and services. Zonoff’s robust ecosystem of smart devices from leading manufacturers along with Zonoff’s data analytics tool help clients better capture the market opportunity inherent in the large-scale deployment of Smart Home services.

Additional Resources

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wot.io offers IoT/M2M interoperability middleware for the enterprise. The wot.io data service exchange for connected device platforms is an enterprise middleware product designed to solve connected device interoperability challenges for any size IoT and M2M implementation.

wot.io enables enterprise customers the flexibility needed for real world business scenarios. Our data service exchange™ for connected device platforms is middleware that dramatically accelerates time-to-market for IoT and M2M implementations, while enabling enterprises to get the most out of connected device data. We fuel interoperability by enabling connectivity with diverse IoT systems. Data from multiple IoT platforms can be aggregated into our data service exchange, where data is then routed to best-in-class data services in our exchange. The interoperability wot.io provides gives enterprises choice, flexibility and scalability to build IoT and M2M business solutions for improved ROI and increased revenue.

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