Industrial companies are using IoT platforms as an integral part of their overall Industry 4.0 strategies. To understand this further, IHS Markit illustrates below in Figure 1 how an automaker might make use of various types of IoT platforms to offer enhanced services to its customers, enable closer collaboration with its suppliers, and develop new partnerships with other industry stakeholders.
IHS Markit segments the IoT platform market into three sub-categories of platform, namely:
- Connectivity Management Platforms (CMPs): manage IoT connections (typically SIM-based) over a public network. Cisco Jasper’s Control Center is an example of a CMP.
- Application Enablement Platforms (AEPs): develop and manage IoT applications, focusing on data and devices. Telit’s deviceWISE is an example of an AEP.
- Data Exchange Platforms (DEPs): enable data ingestion, exposure, and entitlement across third-party data sources and users. InterDigital’s Chordant is an example of a DEP.
Figure 1. Example of automaker use of various types of IoT platforms
Source: IHS Markit
Figure 1, above, provides further explanation of how different IoT platform types function together, through our automaker example. The key points to note are:
- The CMP resides in the mobile operator’s private cloud, but is also accessible by the automaker, either through a web interface or, more likely, APIs. The CMP enables both the mobile operator and the automaker to have a role in managing the connections to the automaker’s estate of connected vehicles in the field.
- The AEP resides in the automaker’s private cloud, though there is also likely a local device agent on each connected vehicle to facilitate integration into the connected vehicle service.
- This figure illustrates tow DEPs: the first resides in a public cloud an enables the automaker to monetize appropriate data from its connected car program to third-party service providers, such as insurance companies seeking data for usage-based insurance programs. The second resides in the automaker’s private cloud and is used to interconnect its suppliers with its manufacturing processes, for increased efficiency.
The connections between the various parties listed below (e.g. Mobile Operator to Automaker and Automaker to Automotive Service Provider/Automotive Supply Chain) are primarily cloud-to-cloud connections. The Mobile Operator enables the Automaker to manage many aspects of connecting a car over a mobile network. This, in turn, enables the Automaker to pull data from its estate of connected cars. Then, via DEPs, the Automaker can partner with various types of Automotive Service Providers. Likewise, the Automaker can share manufacturing data with its Automotive Supply Chain partners to increase the efficiency of its supply chain operations.