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By Rich Handley

MachNation Publishes IoT Device-Management ScoreCard

MachNation has announced the availability of its "2019 IoT Device Management (DM) ScoreCard," an in-depth rating of 15 Internet of Things device-management platform vendors.

In order to capture the key trends in the ecosystem, the firm analyzed the following vendors: Amplia, AVSystem, Amazon, Ayla Networks, Blynk IoT, Bosch, Harman, Microsoft, Nokia, Particle, PTC, Software AG, Telit, VMWare and Zededa. This is MachNation's third year producing its "IoT Device Management ScoreCard." According to the company's forecasts, worldwide IoT application enablement and device management revenue was $3.3 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow to $64.6 billion by 2026 at a compound annual growth rate of 45 percent.

"As more industries look to incorporate IoT into their business models, the ecosystem will continue to increase in complexity and diversity," said Josh Taubenheim, an IT analyst with MachNation, in a prepared statement. "Taking a deep look at device management capabilities within IoT platforms is an excellent way to gain insight into how platform vendors are reacting to developing trends in the IoT world."

MachNation is an independent testing and benchmarking company for IoT platforms. Its "IoT Device Management ScoreCard" offers a technical review of relevant vendors, providing a detailed review of product capabilities, software development kits, applicating programming interfaces and documentation to help businesses and service providers manage IoT sensors, devices and gateways at scale.

"For the third year, MachNation has focused on the nuances of IoT device management to help enterprises, service providers, systems integrators and distributors understand the strengths and weaknesses of platform microservices," said Sam Hale, an analyst and IoT implementation specialist at MachNation, in the prepared statement. "Our recommendations are based on technical reference materials, extensive developer documentation review and countless live demos."


Paul Drolshagen 2019-08-07 01:18:08 AM
There is a big challenge with RFID on forklifts in avoiding unwanted tag reads, especially in high metal environments. Also load would need to be picked up again from the same side, else it would require a second tag. And what about moving more than one pallet at a time? There are other options available. One is based on tracking forklifts with 2D LIDAR sensors (laser localization) and using x,y,z coordinates to automatically identify pallets and storing bins in racks and bulk storage areas. This works with almost any kind of load, indoors and out. And it avoids recurring cost for tagging the load to track.

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