As the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) continues gaining traction with the proliferation of connected assets and cloud-based services, gateway devices are emerging as a critical component for addressing the diverse set of challenges and requirements in many M2M and IoT applications. In particular, as industrial and commercial applications become more sophisticated and data-hungry, gateways are becoming more intelligent and able to provide more advanced capabilities than simply network and protocol bridging.
In this report, ABI Research provides an overview of this market, analyzing the current M2M / IoT gateway / router market both from a technical and a market point of view.
The first section is dedicated to the technical analysis of M2M / IoT gateway / router devices, where ABI Research discusses the role of gateways in the Industrial IoT and how their role is evolving from the traditional M2M approach. This section also discusses the required functionalitites of the emerging Industrial IoT gateways and the hardware specifications of commercially available products.
The second section presents an overview of the market, discussing in general how current OEMs are approaching the Industrial IoT market, and providing a number of market trends and observations. This section also contains market forecasts on estimated M2M / IoT gateways shipments and installed base.
Lastly, the third section analyzes the range of vendors active in this market, identifying a set of market leading companies that together made approximatively 50% of the market in 2014.