Notable Internet of Things Companies in 2018
In the digital age of information sharing at the speed of light, the Internet gets most of the credit. But then there’s the Internet of Things. Including your laptop and smartphone, but expanding to your smart TV and the GPS in your car, the Internet of Things bears the full brunt of modern civilization’s obsession with speedy info sharing. Businesses within this realm capitalize on everything from cool gadgets to the network itself. Here’s a few of our favorite Internet of Things companies making headlines in 2018.
“ELIMINATE THE IoT SECURITY BLINDSPOT”
The Internet of Things is infamous for giving up security in exchange for greater convenience, speed, and fun. However, everywhere from hospitals to marketing groups have come to depend on interconnected devices and their security against cyber attacks, hackers, and viruses. Targeted at big brand companies, Armis finally gives companies the ability to police every device.
No agent necessary, this security covers computers, cameras, and even MRI’s. Armis keeps an eye out for threats and keeps management up to date. For instance, computers are put at risk once logged into rogue networks. Armis would immediately alert management of the threat before valuable information could be lost or leaked. In an age where technology has been integrated into every part of life and work, its essential to have protection against such dangers. Current customers of Armis include Samsung Research America and IDT Corporation.
“HARNESS THE POWER OF LOCATION TODAY”
HERE has been around for a few decades now, but the Chicago-based company has done well to integrate themselves into the Internet of Things. Founded with the vision of digital mapping, the company now focuses on mapping entire cities with real-time data. HERE collects data essential to the future of self-driving cars and flying drones. The company website claims that the world’s infrastructure changes by 25% every year, making their data collection more critical than ever.
HERE’s automotive department uses real-time data to map roads and make driving safer. Audi, BMW, Intel, and Pioneer are all partnering with HERE to reach their mission of the Autonomous World:
“KEEP YOUR PEOPLE SAFE, INFORMED, AND CONNECTED”
AlertMedia grants the ultimate network interconnectivity. Employers can send company-wide notifications to any device whether their people are in different buildings, cities, or countries. The system monitors everything from people to data to inventory levels. AlertMedia’s SafeSignal even allows law enforcement to be notified from a locked phone in case of a break-in or robbery.
AlertMedia emphasizes its use in emergency situations, but it can also be used to speed up everyday operations. Receipts, surveys, and requests provide a link between employees and their bosses. Furthermore, AlertMedia keeps data on how a company handles major events. Studying such info could allow a team to improve weaknesses in reactions to catastrophes. Everyone can be kept in the loop for better communication and efficiency. AlertMedia’s customers include Volkswagon, AT&T, and Greyhound.
“EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN IDEA OF COMFORT”
This IoT simplifies and enhances the smart home. Compacted into a phone-charger-sized plug-in, the Zuli Smartplug can monitor thermostats, lights, speakers, and even your coffee pot. Connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth (no unreliable wifi necessary), Zuli Presence will memorize your preferences whenever you enter a room to dim the lights or change the temperature to your liking.
The app allows full control, scheduling, and monitoring of your home systems. Data stored within the system can also help homeowners manage energy costs. In addition, Zuli will shut off lights and other energy-draining units as soon as you leave to save time and money. This device is compatible with the Nest Thermostat and Philips Hue.
IoT Royalty: Microsoft
“WE BELIEVE IN WHAT PEOPLE MAKE POSSIBLE”
As the Internet of Things rapidly expands with new tech popping up every ten seconds, networks are bearing the burden of so much data exchange. New data centers, however, require a lot of money and space. Microsoft may have the solution. With Project Natick, Microsoft may be able to drop submarine-like data centers into the ocean. These off-shore data centers could provide hundreds of more servers, meaning faster internet speed and other advantages, in big cities and isolated beach towns alike.
From cool gadgets to life-saving technology, the Internet of Things exists all around us. These companies are just a glimpse of the innovations taking place every day. All in all, entrepreneurs and big corporations are striving to make the future a safer, faster, cooler place for everyone.