In a bid to prepare its enterprise technology for the internet of things, in 2014 Dell opened an IoT Lab in Silicon Valley in partnership with Intel, and later in 2015, Dell launched a similar project in Limerick, Ireland.
In January 2016, Dell launched its first Asia Pacific IoT lab, working out of Singapore (again in partnership with Intel). This lab provides a hub for end-to-end IoT development and testing of IoT devices and infrastructure.
Area vice president, Dell OEM for Asia Pacific and Japan, Glen Burrows said: "The IoT market continues to experience strong growth across APJ. We see vast opportunities from IoT with companies benefiting by identifying new business models, increasing operational efficiency and fueling innovation. With a strong connectivity infrastructure and the government's vision to create a Smart Nation, Singapore is the ideal choice for the location of our first IoT lab in the region."
While Facebook is not a traditional IoT company, it is making sizable strides towards IoT connectivity and with financing not being an issue, Facebook could become an IoT key player in no time.
Facebook reportedly announced at the F8 developer conference earlier this year that it would move forward with an IoT initiative by supplying a developer kit for Parse (a company it bought in 2013). Parse is Facebook's back-end mobile platform that now enables developers to create apps with IoT capabilities that support major chip manufacturers such as Intel, Atmel and Broadcom.
The kit enables its users to create apps to share data with connected devices.
The underpinning of the company's efforts is Predix, a software platform that integrates machine-generated data with traditional and cloud databases. GE already has products for hospital operations management, airline fuel optimisation and Grid IQ solutions for utility companies. Other industrial suppliers like Schneider Electric are making a big IoT push, too.
Google made waves in the IoT market when it bought Nest for $3.2 billion, which sells thermostats and fire detectors that are "smart", meaning they learn patterns and interact with their owners.
Google's Brillo uses a language called Weave to smooth the lines of connections between devices and ain their 'talking'.
HP acquired networking vendor Aruba Networks for $3 billion earlier this year in an attempt to tap in to the Internet of Things market. They aim to produce connected hardware like routers and switches.
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