Enterprise IT vendor IBM on Wednesday announced the launch of IBM Internet of Things Foundation to strengthen its presence in the IoT market.
IDC estimates that there will be 28 billion autonomous IoT devices installed by 2020 from nine billion such devices at present.
IBM Internet of Things Foundation enables developers to easily extend an Internet-connected device such as a sensor or controller into the cloud, build an application alongside the device to collect the data and send real-time insights back to the developer’s business.
The IoT Foundation service is part of IBM Bluemix.
IBM shared some of the use cases. For instance, equipment and asset manufacturers can use IoT to provide remote service and monitoring to residential and commercial customers. Oil and gas companies can remotely monitor and provide predictive maintenance to critical equipment. Logistics companies can track and monitor the condition of goods in transit.
This apart, IoT will allow insurance companies to provide pay-as-you-go insurance, will allow city administrators to make critical infrastructure smarter and will give automobile manufacturers the ability to provide new connected services for vehicles.
SilverHook Powerboats uses the IoT Foundation service within Bluemix as the basis for its real-time power boat telematics platform, allowing it to run complex diagnostic analytics in real time on racing boats traveling at high speeds on the ocean.
John R. Thompson, vice president, Internet of Things, IBM, said: “While many vendors are talking about IoT, we’ve led thousands of engagements and are one of the first to enable business to rapidly gain access to the big data that billions of sensors, chips, controllers and RFID tags generate.”
IBM also is announcing plans to form a partner program for IoT. The partners are expected to include ARM, B&B Electronics, Elecsys, Intel, Multi-Tech Systems and Texas Instruments.
IoT Foundation is designed to provide clients to compose analytics applications, visualization dashboards and mobile apps that can generate insights when linked with back office enterprise applications.
Offered as a managed cloud service within IBM Bluemix, the IoT Foundation service is designed to allow developers to quickly onboard devices using industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs) and protocols.