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2022 Internet Of Things 50: The Need For IoT

Wade Tyler Millward

Companies are seizing the IoT opportunity like never before. Here are 50 key IoT players across connectivity, hardware, industrial IoT, security and software.

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Headline after headline around the growth of 5G and tech giants coming together to further its spread means managed service providers will see new demand from customers on how sensors and the internet of things (IoT) can bring in more revenue or shrink operational costs.

Market research firm IDC forecasts worldwide private LTE and 5G wireless infrastructure revenues will reach $8.3 billion by 2026 after totaling $1.7 billion in 2021, according to a recent IDC release. A need to support IoT endpoints and sensors is part of the push for this wave of private cellular network deployment.

A recent blog post from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) provides examples of how MSPs can make money on the IoT explosion happening across various verticals – from upgraded facilities and vehicle fleets to improved quality control on the production line and inventory tracking, and not to mention securing all the IoT devices enabling these services.

And with all of this opportunity, where is a partner to begin? To keep service providers up to date with the latest and greatest IoT technologies, CRN presents the 50 coolest IoT companies of the year. Our companies span connectivity, hardware, industrial IoT, security and software.

The 10 Coolest IoT Hardware Companies: The 2022 Internet Of Things 50

Innovations in hardware enable artificial intelligence, 5G and other IoT capabilities. That’s why CRN has recognized some of the biggest names in this space, from Dell Technologies and Cisco to Lantronix and Advantech. These are the 10 coolest IoT hardware companies of 2022.

The 10 Coolest IoT Software Companies: The 2022 Internet Of Things 50

Vendors in IoT software range from startups to the largest cloud providers. From Deeplite and Zyter to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, see who made the grade in CRN’s 10 coolest IoT software companies of 2022.

The 10 Coolest IoT Connectivity Companies: The 2022 Internet Of Things 50

IoT connectivity is no easy feat, and vendors are in a race to create new capabilities in how devices connect to networks and send data. The proliferation of IoT connectivity involves giants such as Verizon and Comcast and other players such as Kajeet and Celona.

The 10 Coolest Industrial IoT Companies: The 2022 Internet Of Things 50

The demand for more ways to connect industrial assets and analyze the newly generated data has led to an ecosystem of vendors that range from PTC and Johnson Controls to Cognite and Seeq. Here are the 10 coolest industrial IoT companies of 2022.

The 10 Coolest IoT Security Companies: The 2022 Internet Of Things 50

As part of CRN’s 2022 Internet of Things 50 list, here’s a look at the tools and vendors leading the way in IoT security.

Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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