Gateways can perform several critical roles in IoT implementations: such as protocol conversion/bridging, providing connectivity to the cloud or enterprise applications through wide area network connectivity, managing the security on node devices and data/filtering, processing and storage. The ability to support local or edge compute is becoming more important as more applications that require real-time responses to changes in the physical environment, monitored by sensors, are being developed. In this report, IHS Markit:
- defines the current and evolving role of gateway devices in the Internet of Things (IoT);
- provides an update on recent developments in this space, spanning not only gateway vendors themselves, but innovations by partners such as chipset vendors and IoT software and platform providers;
- assesses 3 key strategic trends that will impact on IoT gateway design and capabilities: the impact of cellular and non-cellular Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies, the growing importance of local analytics capabilities and IoT gateways’ role in driving business transformation by vendors’ customers and the gateway vendors themselves.
- analyses the impact of gateways in specific markets and verticals such as cellular IoT, industrial, lighting, medical, and residential and smart home.
Senior Principal Analyst, IoT
Julian Watson is the senior principal analyst of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity research at IHS Markit. He is responsible for analyzing IoT technologies, applications and business models.