Nov 17, 2013

The IoT Gets Real as Corporates Commit

2013 has witnessed a strong growth in the number of corporate initiatives that make explicit reference to the Internet of Things (IoT) in contrast to terms such as M2M and “embedded solutions”. It seems that large companies are committing to a market where much of the recent activity can be attributed to start-ups and academia.

A few weeks ago in early November, Intel demonstrated its commitment to the IoT market by creating a special division called the IoT Solutions Group, combining its Intelligent Systems Group with its Wind River acquisition. This development seems like the product of a progressive evolution in Intel’s strategy for the ‘connected devices’ market dating back to its mid-2009 acquisition of Wind River for almost US$900m.

It will be interesting to see how well Intel’s internal re-organization efforts now proceed as it develops more of an IoT market presence, especially as one of its main rivals in the mobile computing market, ARM, has also been active with its own IoT plans.