Trends Report

Making Sense Of Sensor Data

A Market Overview Of X Internet Software Platforms And Applications

September 26th, 2007
With contributors:
Elisse Gaynor , Ellen Daley


The Extended Internet (X Internet) revolution is underway, with X Internet software about to take off to make sense of data that comes from technologies like RFID, sensors, and actuators that offer physical and time-specific information about objects. While early X Internet software function focused on device management, data management, and integration tools, the market is progressing into more sophisticated business process support and analytics. To date, complete sensor solutions have come from vertically oriented vendors that offer the entire solution stacks from device management — and sometimes even hardware — all the way up to business applications and services. But as lower-level features like device management, data filtering, and even data management mature and come from software platform giants, new and innovative dynamic business applications will surface. Process owners, application managers, and enterprise architects must look to emerging, vertically aligned ecosystems to get the most from their sensor data.

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