As Cisco Systems closes its $1.4 billion acquisition of Internet of Things provider Jasper Technologies and AT&T creates an IoT Control Center for solution providers, it’s clear that IoT will have a major impact on the channel this year.The pace of new technologies, strategic partnerships and acquisitions in the growing IoT space is enough to make your head spin. Research firm Gartner said 6.2 billion connected “things” will be used this year, up 30 percent from 2015. IoT services spending will rise to $235 billion in 2016, an increase of 22 percent over 2015, according to Gartner, leading to a massive amount of opportunities for solution providers.Here are eight important moves in the IoT space in 2016 thus far that solution providers need have on their radar.
In the race to build success off the Internet of Things, Samsung boasts it has created the “largest IoT ecosystem” with its SmartThings products and platform.Samsung America COO Tim Baxter said SmartThings has “20,000 developers working on the platform and over 200 SmartThings compatible devices.”
A few years ago, home automation was only a concept in futuristic movies,- but the rise of the Internet of Things and connected devices has brought “smart homes” to the consumer market.The Consumer Electronics Show, held last week in Las Vegas, revealed the popularity of home automation, as dozens of vendors showed off their platforms with innovative security, connected device and sensory features.
Buckle up! CES 2016 kicks off this week in Las Vegas, so prepare for gadget overload from car tech to wireless everything, IoT everywhere and flocks of drones buzzing high above the 3,631 companies exhibiting this year at the world’s largest gadget fest.Virtual reality pioneer Oculus Rift along with a big Internet of Things push by Intel represent two major themes we’ll be hearing a lot about this week. Carmakers are also putting the pedal to the metal by demonstrating everything from autonomous vehicles to new ways to turn the back seat of your car into an Internet-enabled entertainment center.
AT&T is doing big things in the IoT arena, but the carrier is developing products that really need to become solutions. That’s where AT&T needs help from the channel, the carrier told partners during its second annual Partner Exchange Summit in Dallas this week. Abhi Ingle, senior vice president of big data and advanced solutions for AT&T, told an audience of solution providers that business process around mobility is one of the largest opportunities facing the business world today. AT&T has embraced the opportunity and has gotten busy building sensors and platforms for various use cases — such as connected cars and cargo management. But partners will be critical in constructing complete solutions that allow end customers to respond to the data they’re now taking in.
“So, how real is this Internet of Things opportunity anyway?”It’s a question that many solution providers are asking as the buzz continues to mount and the projections continue to rise. The figures are staggering: Gartner says there will be 25 billion connected “things” in use by 2020; IDC predicts the market will hit $7.1 trillion by 2020 and Cisco Systems says $19 trillion of cost savings and economic benefits will be driven by IoT.
At the recent The Channel Company’s XChange 2015 conference, CEO Bob Faletra asked a panel of solution providers the simple question: Is anyone actually making money through the Internet of Things?The value proposition of the Internet of Things has been reported on extensively, but Luis Alvarez, CEO and president of Salinas, Calif.-based Alvarez Technology Group, was able to offer concrete examples of how the IoT has transformed his business.
The Internet of Things is booming, and on the leading edge of that explosion are startups. These are the firms that are defining the future of an industry that some say will be the next big thing in IT, estimated to be a market worth $1.9 trillion in 2013.With this collection of IoT startups CRN profiles cutting-edge IoT 3-D visualization technology, ones that let anyone create bridges between social media and IoT, and a company that is pioneering the limits of how video can be incorporated into the world of IoT.
Cisco Systems is giving both its channel and its industrial partners a jump-start into the Internet of Things marketplace by training them in the skills needed to try to capture some of the $19 trillion in projected opportunities.The San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant Wednesday unveiled a new Cisco Certified Network Associate Industrial IoT certification along with two new cloud certifications to help partners deliver optimal business outcomes.
The Internet of Things took the forefront during the Intel Solutions Summit last week, as partners showed off innovative solutions in retail, transportation and other vertical markets.Chris O’Malley, director of mobility marketing at Intel, stressed that it was critical for partners to tap into niche markets to drive new opportunities in the Internet-of-Things space.