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Drones: enterprise IoT in the air, part one

Unmanned aerial systems (UASs), more commonly known as drones, have made huge technological strides in the past decade. From military applications, both as surveillance and weapons platforms, to consumer toys, and finally as enterprise tools, drones have gone from being a weekend hobby for a few dedicated enthusiasts to a fast-growing and rapidly evolving multi-billion dollar market. Some estimates predict $12 billion in sales by 2021, with a CAGR of 7.6% (Business Insider). With all […]

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The Colliding Worlds of Enterprise and Consumer IoT

Enterprise and consumer IoT technology are starting to look very much alike, even though the reasons that consumers and enterprises adopt IoT can be very different. MachNation has observed significant parallelism in the technology stacks that underpin enterprise and consumer IoT solutions. With the explosive growth of consumer digital assistants like Google Home/Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri, many are now welcoming IoT-enabled solutions into their homes. As these deployments expand beyond smart speakers into smart […]

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MQTT and LWM2M: choosing the right IoT data protocol

MachNation has engaged many enterprise clients on the topic of IoT data communication protocols. In particular, there is tremendous interest in understanding the nuances of two of the most debated protocols: MQTT and LWM2M. MachNation’s 2018 IoT Device Management ScoreCard noted that almost all IoT device management vendors emphasized the LWM2M data communications protocol in their discussions with us, a tremendous difference from the 2017 ScoreCard when virtually no vendor mentioned LWM2M. In this short article […]

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Recommendations for enterprises needing high-quality IoT data visualization and dashboarding capabilities

Introduction MachNation has found that very few IoT application enablement platforms (AEPs) provide best-in-class IoT data visualization and dashboarding capabilities. This leaves enterprises and service providers without a way to quickly visualize IoT asset states and associated ingested data using a productized and easily deployed solution. In this short article, we define IoT data visualization and dashboard; provide recommendations for selecting a top-quality solution; and briefly discuss 5 visualization and dashboarding vendors. Definitions According to […]

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Canonical’s Ubuntu Core and Snaps: a Q&A article

Ubuntu Core is a fully managed containerization platform that combined with a marketplace enables an effective and easy method for deploying Snaps to either cloud or on-premises machines. Canonical’s Ubuntu Core and Snaps are important to enterprises as they provide an application-agnostic managed software platform, designed specifically for IoT and similar embedded use cases. In addition, Ubuntu Core and Snaps are important to the IoT ecosystem, because they leverage a well-known technology stack (Linux kernel […]

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