The Internet of Things (IoT) has exploded; It is undergoing a massive wave of innovation due for much of the same reasons that mobile phones underwent a revolution – which is because in part of Moore’s Law (the scalability of computing power) – coupled with the massive reduction in cost of building powerful components and the massive uptake of networked and semantically connected web services due to the advent of the Internet over the past few decades.

However, like all explosions -this has resulted in a super fragmented landscape. Although IoT as a concept has been around for a long time (the term IoT only came into vogue over the past two years or so). This has led to a proliferation of consortiums, alliances, working groups and other various organizations of which the number is almost mind boggling.

Fragmentation of Platform Market

The IoT field has exploded over the past 2 years, and this has resulted in over 200 platforms (estimated) being released. These platforms range from the very large enterprise ones (e.g. Solair – acquired by Microsoft, and Jasper that was acquired by Cisco, Artik Cloud by Samsung) – to the startup platforms (although by no means smaller) that focus on different areas (e.g. DIY etc).

This means that there is a mind boggling array of platforms to choose from – and adoption is fragmented. This is on top of the fact that the infrastructure and standards in IoT (e.g. LoRA, MQTT) are still coalescing – which presents a very confusing view to the consumer or enterprise on how to even start approaching IoT.

Complexity of current platforms

In addition, a majority of platforms are hardware agnostic – which means that to get a “thing” working, connected and integrated into the platform requires developer work to get that done. While this is alright for the enthusiast – in a larger scale scheme of things this can present problems as most consumers are not enthusiasts and makers form only a sub-set of the general population.

In our view, there is still a way to go before there are platforms that become simple enough for the layperson to integrate into. And as part of our work – we are designing solutions towards that.