Everyone and their mother seems to be claiming to have an “Internet of Things” or “Internet of Everything” play these days. From startups to tech giants, competition is fierce, and the offerings seem to be endless – and quite frankly confusing. Machina Research has taken an in-depth look at the competitive landscape and determined that it’s often nearly impossible to understand what distinguishes one IoT platform from another in this very crowded space. If analysts and researchers are having trouble distinguishing between solutions, how are customers feeling?
There’s a lot of talk today about the technology that makes up the Internet of Things (IoT). What fascinates me the most is the impact IoT can have on the way companies can drastically alter their business models to leapfrog the competition.In the past, companies kept track of their key performance indicators (KPIs) by running reports at month’s end. They would then put plans in place to make the necessary adjustments to improve upon those KPIs going forward.
We’re on the hunt for the perfect climate control setup for the CNET Smart Home. If that sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve been down this road before. We’ve been making our living lab in Louisville, Kentucky smarter piece by piece since September of last year, and in October, Megan Wollerton tackled the thermostat.At the time, she picked the Nest 3.0 for our smart-home setup because it looked great, worked well, and was the most well-rounded option available at the time. She mentioned, though, that Nest wasn’t perfect; that the competition, particularly the Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, was catching up; and that we might have to revisit this decision at some point in the future.That time is now. this week, we’re swapping out the Nest for the Ecobee3 in the CNET Smart Home.
Alphabet has a clear and distinct advantage over the competition in the nascent battle to control the smart home.It’s called Nest.Before Google acquired Nest, it was already a popular smart thermostat and darling of the burgeoning smart home and Internet of Things movements. The team was founded by industry veterans in former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers and is now a 1,000-plus person cog in the Alphabet kingdom working to dominate the connected world landscape.
Unlike their fierce competition in the O2O (online-to-offline) market, China’s leading internet giants Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba (often referred to collectively as BAT) are quietly proceeding with deployments in smart hardware devices to build a solid presence in the huge Internet of Things (IoT) market, reports Shanghai’s China Business News.
The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, is announcing the summer winner of its IoT developer competition. Embue, a Boston-based start-up focused on empowering multifamily property managers to tackle energy and operational waste is the next winner of the Alliance’s Z-Wave Labs program. The team at Embue will receive Z-Wave Alliance membership and access to the new Z-Wave IoT ready 500 series development kits. Z-Wave Labs is a brand new competition to support and incentivize IoT innovation on the Z-Wave(R) platform.
The IPSO Challenge, a global competition designed to highlight real-world applications of the Internet Protocol (IP) in the Internet of Things (IoT), sponsored by the Internet Protocol for Smart Object (IPSO) Alliance and Google, has announced the top 10 finalists in its third annual event.
Is it all about competition or will a rising tide lift all boats?What is the business case for the Internet of Things? CBR spoke to Michael Hobbs, Head of Smart Apps, Accenture Digital UK and Ireland, to get a consulting firm perspective. You head up ‘smart apps’ at Accenture. We generally talk about the hardware, but do you think more attention needs to be paid to software in the IoT?
The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, is excited to announce the first winner of Z-Wave Labs. Boston start-up BeON Home, a preventative security and safety company, is the program’s first winner and will receive Z-Wave Alliance membership and access to the new Z-Wave IoT ready 500 series development kits. Z-Wave Labs is a brand new competition to support and incentivize IoT innovation on the Z-Wave® platform.
Alarm.com’s initial public offering filing has lifted a veil on the fast-growing niche of smartphone-controlled home security and automation services. And while there’s plenty of competition, Alarm.com’s results show at least the potential for heady profits beyond just the sale of remote-controlled thermostats and Internet-connected nanny cams.