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IoT Platforms and Software

  • May 2015
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  • Berg Insight AB
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  • 160 pages

IoT Platforms and Software is a comprehensive strategy report from Berg Insight analysing the latest developments on the M2M connectivity, device management and application enablement platform markets.

This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides you with 160 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base your business decisions.

Highlights from this report:

- 360-degree overview of the M2M/IoT ecosystem.
- Summary of the latest industry trends and developments.
- Updated in-depth profiles of key players in the M2M/IoT platform market.
- Reviews of the market strategies of leading platform vendors.
- Perspectives on the evolution from vertical M2M
- solutions to the broader scale and scope of the IoT.
- Extensive global market forecasts lasting until 2020.

Executive summary

The world of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is gradually moving from vertical, single purpose solutions to multi-purpose and collaborative applications interacting across industry verticals, organisations and people – a world of Internet of Things (IoT). It is difficult to make a clear and practical distinction between M2M and IoT. However, the growing use of the new term IoT suggests a transition in the evolution of connected devices, with accelerating scale and scope, as well as higher focus on interoperability. M2M often represents highly customised solutions deployed within single industry verticals or companies to improve existing business operations. IoT puts more emphasis on integration of sensors, devices and information systems across industry verticals and organisations to transform operations and enable creation of new business models. IoT focuses on gaining new insights from analytics based on data from diverse sources to support decision making, and improve products and services. As companies, organisations, governments and individuals adopt IoT, the number of connected “things” is forecasted to grow from 1.7 billion at the end of 2014 to 6.6 billion in 2020. This phenomenal growth is enabled by continuously declining costs of sensors and hardware, communication, data processing and system integration.

Increasingly complex IoT solutions require more advanced communication platforms and middleware that facilitate seamless integration of devices, networks and applications. There is a wide range of software platforms developed for the purpose of supporting and enabling IoT solutions. The intention is to enable rapid development and lower costs by offering standardised components that can be shared across multiple solutions in many industry verticals. Third party IoT platforms are relatively new in the market and display a great diversity in terms of functionality and application areas. Broadly speaking, most IoT platforms fall into one of the following three categories: connectivity management platforms, device management platforms and application enablement platforms. Berg Insight estimates that total revenues for third party IoT platforms will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.2 percent from € 450 million in 2014 to € 2.4 billion in 2020.
Connectivity management platforms facilitate the delivery of data communication services on mobile networks and other communication networks. Features like private APNs, fixed IP addressing and secure VPN communication offer more flexibility and better reliability. Device and subscription management features including automated provisioning, activation and deactivation, as well as activity reporting provide improved visibility and control. Many leading mobile operators still use proprietary connectivity platforms developed in-house, while other operators have adopted third-party solutions from vendors such as Jasper, Ericsson, Amdocs and Comarch. Several M2M managed service providers also provide connectivity management platforms as an integral part of their offerings.

Device management platforms enable remote management of IoT devices. Purpose-built device platforms enable a rich set of functionalities for remote management, diagnostics, OTA software updates and application lifecycle management. It is often difficult to make a clear distinction between the most fully featured device management platforms and application enablement platforms, although the latter category is intended to be truly network and device agnostic. Many platforms from device vendors including Digi International, Eurotech, Gemalto, Sierra Wireless and Telit, as well as platforms from companies like BlackBerry, Bosch, Cumulocity and M2Mi could be described as device clouds or IoT integration platforms that provide both device management and application enablement functionality. Application enablement platforms (AEPs) are designed to accelerate and simplify the development of IoT solutions, providing common horizontal solution components that can be re-used across industries and market segments. AEPs enable companies to focus on differentiation created by unique capabilities and insights from data rather than duplicating non-differentiating functionality such as connectivity integration, device management, data collection, data storage and analytics. Application enablement platforms also provide integration frameworks adapted for common enterprise IT systems such as ERP, CRM and analytics. In order to protect data and enable data exchange across multiple applications and data sources, AEPs need strong security architectures and user authorisation management systems. The market for AEP services is in an early phase with a limited number of specialised providers like PLAT.ONE, PTC, SeeControl, Xively and 2lemetry (acquired by Amazon). These companies primarily face competition from system integrators and companies that develop similar functionality in-house.

Table Of Contents

IoT Platforms and Software
Table of Contents

Table of Contents . i
List of Figures ..... vi
Executive summary ..... 1

1 The M2M and IoT ecosystem ...... 3
1.1 Introduction .. 3
1.1.1 Evolution of M2M and IoT ..... 3
1.1.2 M2M/IoT interoperability standardisation ...... 4
1.1.3 Core elements of M2M/IoT solutions .... 8
1.1.4 M2M/IoT platforms and software... 9
1.2 Devices ...... 11
1.2.1 Chipsets, modules and terminals 11
1.2.2 Device design and machine integration...... 14
1.2.3 Value chain .. 15
1.3 Networks .... 16
1.3.1 GSM and WCDMA/HSPA cellular networks 17
1.3.2 CDMA networks ... 18
1.3.3 LTE networks ....... 19
1.3.4 Non-cellular wireless networks and hybrid solutions .. 20
1.4 Applications ....... 23
1.4.1 Car telematics...... 23
1.4.2 Fleet management ...... 24
1.4.3 Smart grids and intelligent metering ... 25
1.4.4 Fixed wireless communication .... 26
1.4.5 Remote control and monitoring .. 27
1.4.6 Consumer electronics . 27
1.5 Solution providers and system integrators 27
1.5.1 Device manufacturers . 28
1.5.2 System integrators ...... 29
INDEX IOT PLATFORMS AND SOFTWARE
ii SMT2RMA RTEGSEICA RCESHE SAERRCIEHS S ERIES
1.5.3 Vertical ASPs ....... 29
1.5.4 B2B/B2C service providers . 30
1.5.5 OEMs ... 31

2 Software and IT services .... 35
2.1 Embedded software environments ... 36
2.1.1 Embedded operating systems .... 36
2.1.2 High-level general-purpose programming languages 38
2.1.3 Scripting languages .... 39
2.1.4 eCos .... 40
2.1.5 FreeRTOS and OpenRTOS . 40
2.1.6 Java ..... 41
2.1.7 Embedded Linux . 42
2.1.8 MQX ..... 43
2.1.9 OSGi .... 43
2.1.10 QNX ..... 44
2.1.11 ?C/OS .. 45
2.1.12 VxWorks ...... 45
2.1.13 Windows Embedded ... 46
2.2 Enterprise IT systems and services ... 47
2.2.1 Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service solutions 49
2.2.2 ERP, CRM, database management systems and analytics systems . 49
2.2.3 IBM ...... 50
2.2.4 Microsoft ...... 51
2.2.5 Oracle .. 52
2.2.6 SAP ...... 53
2.2.7 CyberLightning .... 54
2.2.8 ParStream .... 55

3 Device management platforms .. 57
3.1 Overview of device management platforms ...... 57
3.1.1 Market segmentation ... 57
3.1.2 M2M module vendors extending offerings into software and services ...... 58
3.1.3 Leading chipset IP and semiconductor vendors enter IoT platform market ...... 59
IOT PLATFORMS AND SOFTWARE INDEX
STRATEGMIC2 RME RSEESAERACRHC SHE SREIERSIE S iii
3.2 Company profiles and strategies ...... 60
3.2.1 Sierra Wireless..... 60
3.2.2 Gemalto M2M ...... 62
3.2.3 Telit (ILS Technology) . 64
3.2.4 Huawei . 68
3.2.5 Novatel Wireless .. 69
3.2.6 Digi International (Etherios) . 70
3.2.7 ARM ..... 72
3.2.8 Bug Labs ..... 73
3.2.9 Electric Imp .. 74
3.2.10 Eurotech ...... 75
3.2.11 Intel ...... 76
3.2.12 Mformation .. 77
3.2.13 Redbend ...... 78

4 Connectivity management platforms . 79
4.1 M2M connectivity platforms ....... 79
4.1.1 Mobile operators adopt multi-platform strategies ....... 81
4.1.2 M2M connectivity platforms become more advanced and differentiated ... 81
4.1.3 Device management and application enablement platform integration ..... 82
4.2 SIM management solutions ....... 82
4.3 Connectivity platform vendors and proprietary MNO platforms ....... 83
4.3.1 Jasper .. 83
4.3.2 Ericsson ....... 85
4.3.3 Amdocs ....... 86
4.3.4 Comarch ...... 87
4.3.5 nTels .... 88
4.3.6 Telenity 88
4.3.7 InterDigital ... 89
4.3.8 China Mobile ....... 90
4.3.9 Deutsche Telekom ...... 91
4.3.10 NTT DoCoMo ...... 93
4.3.11 Orange 94
INDEX IOT PLATFORMS AND SOFTWARE
iv SMT2RMA RTEGSEICA RCESHE SAERRCIEHS S ERIES
4.3.12 SK Telecom . 96
4.3.13 Telefónica .... 97
4.3.14 Verizon Communications .... 99
4.3.15 Vodafone ... 101
4.4 SIM management solution vendors. 103
4.4.1 Giesecke and Devrient .. 103
4.4.2 Oberthur Technologies ..... 105
4.4.3 Safran Morpho ... 106
4.5 M2M managed service providers .... 106
4.5.1 Aeris Communications ...... 107
4.5.2 KORE Telematics ...... 108
4.5.3 Numerex .... 109
4.5.4 Stream Technologies 110
4.5.5 Wireless Logic ... 111
4.5.6 Wyless ....... 112

5 Application enablement platforms ... 113
5.1 Overview of application enablement platforms ....... 113
5.1.1 Why use application enablement platforms? .... 113
5.1.2 Key functionality and components of AEPs ...... 114
5.1.3 Acquisitions, partnerships and ecosystems ..... 115
5.2 Company profiles and strategies..... 117
5.2.1 2lemetry ..... 119
5.2.2 Arrayent ..... 121
5.2.3 Ayla Networks .... 122
5.2.4 BlackBerry . 123
5.2.5 Bosch Software Innovations ...... 124
5.2.6 Carriots ...... 125
5.2.7 Clayster ..... 126
5.2.8 Concirrus ... 127
5.2.9 Cumulocity 127
5.2.10 Device Insight .... 129
5.2.11 EVRYTHNG ....... 129
5.2.12 Exosite ....... 130
5.2.13 General Electric . 131
5.2.14 Kombridge . 132
5.2.15 MachineShop .... 132
5.2.16 M2Mi .. 133
5.2.17 PLAT.ONE . 135
5.2.18 ProSyst ...... 136
5.2.19 PTC .... 137
5.2.20 SeeControl 140
5.2.21 Solair . 141
5.2.22 Wot.io 142
5.2.23 Xively . 142

6 Market analysis and forecasts . 145
6.1 Industry analysis ...... 145
6.1.1 Horizontal versus vertical specialisation strategies ... 146
6.1.2 The connectivity platform market is maturing ... 149
6.1.3 Can application enablement platforms live up to the high expectations? 149
6.1.4 Mergers and acquisitions in the M2M and IoT industry ....... 151
6.2 Market forecasts ...... 153
6.2.1 Connected things by vertical market 153
6.2.2 Connected things by network technology standard . 156
6.3 Revenue forecasts ... 157
6.3.1 M2M connectivity platform revenues 157
6.3.2 Device management and application enablement platform revenues ..... 158
Glossary .. 159

List of Figures

Figure 1.1: Core elements of M2M/IoT solutions 8
Figure 1.2: Cost versus time diagram for wireless technology integration ...... 12
Figure 1.3: Examples of wireless M2M modules and terminals ....... 13
Figure 1.4: System architecture for an end-to-end M2M solution .... 14
Figure 1.5: M2M device value chain overview .. 15
Figure 1.6: Mobile subscriptions by network standard (World Q4-2014) . 20
Figure 2.1: Examples of embedded operating systems for M2M/IoT devices . 37
Figure 2.2: Enterprise IT systems and cloud service providers ....... 48
Figure 3.1: Top wireless module vendors, by M2M sales and shipments (World 2014) . 58
Figure 4.1: M2M connectivity platform selection by mobile operator (Q1-2015) ..... 80
Figure 5.1: Application platform and network operator partnerships (Q1-2015) ... 116
Figure 5.2: The 2lemetry ThingFabric platform ...... 120
Figure 5.3: The M2Mi platform 134
Figure 5.4: The ThingWorx Application Enablement Platform 139
Figure 6.1: Acquisitions in the M2M/IoT industry (2008-2015) ...... 152
Figure 6.2: Connected device market forecast, by vertical (World 2014-2020) ..... 154
Figure 6.3: Number of connected devices by technology (World 2014-2020) ...... 156
Figure 6.4: M2M connectivity platform revenues (World 2013-2020) .... 157
Figure 6.5: Device management and AEP platform revenues (World 2013-2020) 158

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