Internet of Things World 2016 took place in Santa Clara this week, and it was a great way to see what people are working on and thinking about in IoT today. Thousands of people represented the industry by speaking in keynotes, debating in panels and showing off their products at exhibition booths. Due to the enormity of the conference, I was only able to participate in a fraction of the activities; but I learned a lot. Here are my takeaways from the conference:
- People were excited to see the amount of participation. Apparently the number of companies displaying IoT solutions increased immensely from last year, and people were excited to see the noticeable growing interest and developments in the field.
- More than half of the IoT companies represented at the expo were IoT platforms providing end-to-end software solutions from device monitoring to data storage and analytics. Though it was great seeing so many companies attempting to create a framework for developers to build IoT solutions, it did not seem like a lot of these platform companies were able to differentiate themselves from each other. If you are planning on developing an IoT platform, you better