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Whitepaper: Five requirements of a leading IoT edge platform

Enterprises are building IoT solutions to increase productivity, reduce operational costs, improve safety and provide higher levels of service. But they face a number of challenges when deploying IoT solutions in many types of environments. For example, the environment for a national freight railroad system is so geographically dispersed that intensive IoT data transmission costs would undermine total project ROI. The environment for a manufacturing plant has so many brownfield assets that a solution not […]

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Functional architecture for IoT platforms

Today, MachNation has created the industry’s first vendor-agnostic, functional architecture for IoT platforms. While much literature exists on the types of enterprise IoT platforms available, until now there was no independent source that described the detailed functional components that enterprises demand in an IoT platform. This publicly available document defines the 29 micro-services required by enterprises in their IoT platforms. IoT platform architecture (Publicly available): Enterprises are using this functional architecture to ensure IoT platform […]

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IoT for small and medium businesses (SMBs): requirements

Over the last 7 or 8 years, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions have generally been marketed to and purchased by large enterprises. There are hundreds of IoT solutions for countless use cases including remote asset tracking, factory automation, fleet services, energy/utilities management, parking management, facilities management, smart vehicle enablement and many others. But what about sales of IoT to the world’s 200 million small and medium businesses (SMBs)? While MachNation forecasts 24 billion connected IoT […]

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2017 Platform-Enabled Solution ScoreCard rates 11 vendors

MachNation announces availability of its second annual Platform-Enabled Solution (PES) ScoreCard, an in-depth review and rating of 11 Internet of Things platform-enabled solutions. Executive summary (Publicly available): Full report (Client-only access): A Platform-Enabled Solution (PES) is a solution-centric offering optimized to reduce the time to deliver a fully-enabled, end-to-end, vertical IoT solution to customers. MachNation makes a clear distinction between an IoT PES and an IoT Application Enablement Platform (AEP). Buyers of these two types of […]

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The digital thread comes to life at PTC LiveWorx 2017

LiveWorx 17 opened with quite some flash… literally. A dazzling and intricately choreographed laser show, complete with dancing industrial robots and audience participation through LED wrist-bands, wowed journalists, analysts and industry professionals in attendance at this year’s opening keynote. Many customers involved in the IoT space may primarily associate PTC with its IoT application enablement platform, ThingWorx. However, PTC is also a leading provider of CAD software and product lifecycle management (PLM) with its Creo and Windchill […]

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