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Portainer is a centralized container management platform for containerized apps and IoT device management. It helps accelerate container adoption and reduce time-to-value on Kubernetes, Docker, and Swarm with a management portal, allowing users to deliver and manage containerized…

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Portainer is a centralized container management platform for containerized apps and IoT device management. It helps accelerate container adoption and reduce time-to-value on Kubernetes, Docker, and Swarm with a management portal, allowing users to deliver and manage containerized…

Cisco IoT Operations Dashboard

Cisco IoT Operations Dashboard is a cloud-based dashboard to deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and gain insights into networking devices and connected equipment at scale. The dashboard supports cybersecurity, application management, Secure Equipment Access, and integration with Cisco…

Microsoft Azure IoT Hub

Microsoft's Azure IoT Hub is a managed service for bidirectional communication between IoT devices and Azure. Azure IoT Hub provides a cloud-hosted solution back end to connect virtually any device. Users can extend their solutions from the cloud to the edge with per-device authentication,…

Microsoft Azure IoT Central

Microsoft Azure IoT Central allows users to connect IoT devices to the cloud and offers centralized management to configure and updated connected devices.


Particle, from Particle Industries in San Francisco, is presented as a developer-trusted IoT platform to gain insights into operations, accelerate productivity, and build new revenue streams. The platform also supports IoT device management, enabling users to monitor IoT products…

JFrog Connect

A plug & play device management platform for IoT and Linux devices. With JFrog Connect, users can deploy OTA updates, control, monitor, access, and secure IoT and Linux devices remotely. It is designed to enable users to connect any type of Linux or IoT device in less than 60…

Watson IoT Platform

The IBM Watson IoT Platform is an Internet-of-things is a managed cloud-hosted solution supporting device connectivity, control, visualization, and overall device visibility and management. It provides a UI where users can add and manage devices, control access to IoT service, and…

Google Cloud IoT

The Google Cloud IoT Core is a fully managed service that allows you to easily and securely connect, manage, and ingest data from millions of globally dispersed devices. Cloud IoT Core, in combination with other services on Cloud IoT platform, provides a complete solution for collecting,…


ThingsBoard is an open-source IoT Platform supporting IoT device management, data collection, processing and visualization for connected IoT solutions.

Altair SmartWorks

Altair SmartWorks, or SmartCore (formerly Carriots) offers an end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) platform. SmartWorks is available as Platform as a Service (PaaS) or on-premise, and designed for machine to machine (M2M) and digital twin projects. SmartWorks accelerates your IoT…


IDEMIA IoT Over-the-Air Platform (IoT OTA Platform) enables mobile operators (MNOs and MVNOs) to provide their IoT partners with a reliable, fast and secure service. It is designed to meet specific IoT connectivity requirements and update files and applets on any type of secure element…

Syook InSite
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Syook’s Insite platform helps companies build their digital map of ongoing operations. The real-time view of assets and people provides visibility at all times.

Luna XIO
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Luna XIO provides a low-code, open, secure BLE-to-cloud-and-back communications service used by system integrators and application developers who create asset tracking, inventory management, logistics, and compliance applications. It is a BLE-to-cloud communications standard that…

Taoglas Insights

Taoglas Insights is a cloud-based software platform that allows for flexible, reliable and efficient gathering of data and life-cycle management of edge devices. Its features provide:Device managementSensor managementConnectivity managementSecurity managementReal-time insights and…

IoT Catalyst Studio

IoT Catalyst Studio is the IoT Edge Application Management platform for creating and managing future-proof IoT edge computing solutions where things, devices, edge applications, and external systems are connected effectively and securely to create a future-proof, cohesive IoT domain.…

Canopy by CT4
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Canopy, by CT4, collects and controls data from IoT and connected devices using a single control plane. Data is aggregated, unified, visible and usable. Automated device actions deliver tangible outcomes.

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Cuurios is a digital workflow optimization solution for asset rich businesses, that aims to provide a broader and more accurate view of the state of the assets, to operate more efficiently and lower the risk of failure and unplanned downtime.

Velocity Smart Cloud Platform

Velocity Smart Technology headquartered in London offers the Velocity Smart Cloud platform, supporting connected IOT for Enterprise devices including Velocity Smart Lockers and Smart Vending.

Juniper Mist IoT Assurance

The Juniper Mist IoT Assurance cloud service streamlines IT operations while securing network connections for headless IoT and BYOD devices. It uses Multi Pre-Shared Key (MPSK) or Private Pre-Shared Key (PPSK) as new types of identity and policy vectors to provide a simple yet…

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Mainflux Labs is a technology company offering end-to-end, open-source patent-free IoT platform, edge computing gateway and consulting services for the software and hardware layers of the internet of things technology.


BehrTech (or Behr Technologies) headquartered in Toronto offers MYTHINGS as a wireless connectivity platform purpose-built for complex industrial and commercial IoT sensor networks. At the core of MYTHINGS is MIOTY; a low-power wide area network protocol which is, according to the…

Ayla Platform
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Ayla Networks headquartered in Milpitas offers what they describe as an agile IoT Platform that enables manufacturers to quickly and securely bring connected products to market, focusing on device management and virtualization.

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OpenBalena is a platform to deploy and manage connected devices, supported by Balena headquartered in London. Devices run balenaOS, a host operating system designed for running containers on IoT devices, and are managed via the balena CLI, which users can use to configure application…

PwC Connected Solutions, Indoor Geolocation Platform (IGP)

PwC's IoT-powered Connected Solutions tracks operations assets status, location, and identity to harness real-time data and inform business decisions. An IoT geolocation solution, Connected Solutions’ IGP uses no in-room infrastructure, but leverages pre-existing signals like WiFi,…

Huawei Cloud IoT Device Management

Huawei Cloud's IoT Device Management connects any number of IoT devices to the cloud, manage them in a visualized manner, integrate and analyze data, and invoke open capabilities for service innovation. The IoT platform provides comprehensive device management capabilities such as…

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What are IoT Device Management Platforms?

IoT Device Management Platforms, sometimes referred to as “connected devices platforms”, allow businesses to remotely manage their fleets of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This management entails provisioning and authentication of IoT devices, remote configuration and management, data collection and reporting, real-time monitoring, and over-the-air (OTA) software deployments for updates, patches, device onboarding/offboarding, etc.

The two biggest factors of IoT device management platforms are the automated functions and security features. These products aim to make as many management functions automated. This enables scalability for hundreds or thousands of IoT devices, minimizing the resources necessary to manually manage the entire network of devices. These platforms also add another layer of IoT-specific security, both in securing individual devices and in preventing breaches from spreading across IoT devices.

IoT device management platforms should be able to unify management across multiple device types, vendors, locations, etc. This centralization poses several benefits. As previously discussed, it has massive scalability benefits. A related benefit is the time savings and efficiency improvements that a single management platform affords. Some platforms can also make IoT device management more accessible by limiting the coding knowledge necessary to manage IoT devices within the platform.

Open Source IoT Device Management Platforms

There is a wide range of open-source IoT device management platforms. The open-source format generally allows administrators and businesses to self-deploy and self-serve the platform if they prefer. However, platform vendors will usually offer customer support and extended services, such as implementation assistance. Organizations that don’t have a resident IoT expert will often want to utilize these services.

IoT Device Management Platforms Comparison

When comparing IoT device management platforms, consider these factors:

  1. Device compatibility: While most products will be broadly compatible with common IoT device types and protocols, few will be universally compatible. Buyers should evaluate what kinds of devices, from which vendors, they will use the most, and ensure that the platforms on their shortlist can demonstrably support those devices.

  2. User accessibility: IoT device management platforms’ user accessibility can be measured in two ways. First, there’s the efficiency and ease of use within the platform’s portal, especially when managing large amounts of devices. Another distinction to consider is how reliant each platform is on coding skills, which can tradeoff user capability with user accessibility.

  3. Open-source vs. paid: Open-source is a popular option for this kind of platform, given how customized they have to be in-house in most circumstances. However, the open-source products will cost extra for support that is usually standard for paid platforms, and they may lag in the newest advancements or improvements. Either option is valid, but will vary in attractiveness case-by-case.

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Pricing Information

Pricing is still extremely varied, and is made more complicated by the prevalence of open-source products. These platforms are free to download and are monetized via paid consulting and support, although specific pricing for those services is generally not public.

Paid platforms can range in pricing from $10/month for up to 20 things to hundreds of dollars a month for enterprise scaling. Some vendors, such as AWS, will segment pricing both by the volume of devices and by the kinds of actions being taken with or by each device on their platform.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are IoT device management platforms used?

They are used to centrally manage an organization’s entire fleet of IoT devices remotely.

Who uses IoT device management platforms?

IoT device management platforms are generally used by IT or IoT specialists, although IoT device management platform vendors are improving to make the products more accessible to lay users.

What can IoT device management platforms do?

They can provision and authorize new devices, remotely collect and report on device data, provide real-time monitoring, and often automatically push software updates.

When do I need an IoT device management platform?

When the manual management of IoT devices become overly burdensome or inefficient, or when security risks to the IoT devices becomes a business liability.

How much do IoT device management platforms cost?

IoT device management platforms scale up in price based on volume of devices and the range of actions that should be taken for each device.