Following a competitive evaluation of device management for the massive IoT, ABI Search recognized Huawei and nokia to seek to differentiate their offerings by providing advanced capabilities in key areas.
The in-depth study evaluated, compared and ranked platform vendors on thirty different action items for their device management services in ten categories: communication protocol scope, group policies, diagnostics and business rules, configurability remote, device agents, ease of device integration. , secure embarkation/disembarkation capabilities, interoperability, partnership/collaboration and ability to offer business flexibility.
The ranking criteria were divided between innovation and the global implementation, spread and adoption of LwM2M (Lightweight Machine-to-Machine) is set to continue as the next generation LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) connectivity technologies, such as NB-IoT and LTE-Mdeployment is accelerating.
“Beyond scalable deployments, these disruptive platform providers add value by bundling their device management services with data storage, connectivity management and application enablement,” said Abdullah Haidernetwork and IoT services research analyst at ABI Research.
He added that leaders also provide device management services with greater granularity and visibility by offering a unified platform, providing metrics and alerts for physical device and network connectivity.
“Beyond sophisticated device management toolsets, leaders offer a wide range of compatible hardware and leverage deep strategic partnerships for sales and product support channels,” he noted. .
However, ongoing standardization threatens the competitive advantage of leaders in device management as followers seek to catch up with leaders.
“LwM2M is likely to continue to build a standardized suite of services that vendors are increasingly compliant with, especially at the application layer,” Haider explained.
Nevertheless, leaders may still retain advantages due to continued compatibility friction, “module and gateway OEMs have not universally accepted the LwM2M standard in their devices. Thus, delivering effective device management services still requires the providers of these services to provide a catalog of hardware that supports their solution for out-of-the-box operations, at least for the foreseeable future,” Haider explained. .
Moreover, adopting only LwM2M does not solve all the challenges faced by a device management customer.
“Other challenges include providing a unified dashboard for different types of equipment or personnel in different departments. As a result, leading vendor services include custom object development beyond the basic LwM2M application standard, which often provides additional value through remote configuration at a more granular level,” Haider concluded. .
Also evaluated and ranked by ABI Research are:
Main stream: AVSystem, Verizon, IoTerop, Deutsche Telekomand Pelion
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