Intelligent gateways set to become standard for bridging device networks
A new VDC Research report indicates that the market for IoT and intelligent gateway hardware will grow fast through to 2019.
With solution providers and manufacturers pushing more intelligence to the network edge for new connected services and applications, the IoT and intelligent gateway hardware market will see strong growth over the forecast period.
Gateways are becoming a standard component to deliver end-to-end IoT solutions and mitigate the complexities of emerging wireless technologies and lower-level application protocols. The market is being split into two major segments: IoT gateways and intelligent gateways.
IoT gateways are generally optimised for certain industry applications with limited support. On the other hand, intelligent gateways have a flexible platform that allows the integration and addition of customised and third-party services and platforms. Both segments continue to be critical to supporting emerging and existing connected solutions, especially connected cars and in the fields of industrial automation and energy/power.
Gateways are also setting up a foundation for various new collaborations, partnerships and acquisitions among hardware suppliers, IoT solution providers, MNOs and ISVs within the broad IoT ecosystem. In the past 12 months, there have been significant acquisitions and partnerships among gateway technology providers, including Sierra Wireless, Digi International, CalAmp and Advantech. They help add to the portfolios of gateway suppliers and enable new distribution channels for organisations trying to enter the market.
Daniel Mandell, analyst at VDC, said: "Gateways present a natural migration path for traditional embedded hardware suppliers of chips, modules, and small-form-factor integrated systems to extend into the IoT domain while still leveraging and improving the value-proposition of current products and offerings.
"Leading semiconductor technology providers such as Freescale and Intel have undertaken a particular stewardship for supporting the development of gateway systems with new chipsets and reference designs featuring comprehensive connectivity support."
You can access the report here.
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