26 Essential IoT Resources

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fancy way of to talk about the of all the smart objects that permeate our world. But it’s no longer an abstract concept: it’s here to stay, and it’s growing. The IoT market is projected to be worth $8.9 trillion by 2020. The industrial internet of things (or, in other words, the interconnection of different industrial ecosystems like supply chains) is set to be worth some $890 billion.

And this is all on top of the staggering $6 trillion (with a T!) that’s going to be invested between 2015-2020 in IoT solutions.

But for all that money, it’s surprisingly difficult to learn more about the Internet of Things.

So we put together the complete guide of IoT resources so you can understand what the internet of things is and how you can leverage dense technical networks to deliver positive business results.


Resource for IoT Producers

1. Stack Exchange IoT

Stack Exchange is a Q&A website that started in the developer world with Stack Overflow. Since then, it’s been expanded to include Q&As about all sorts of other topics, including the internet of things.

For those looking to get into building their own personal internet of things environments, it’s an invaluable resource. Not only are all previously-asked questions stored, but it’s an active community that upvotes quality answers and is keen to engage with unaddressed ones.

Stack Exchange IoT is perfect for all the inevitable problems that crop up when you’re building any sort of technology.

2. Pi My Life Up

Pi My Life Up is a site dedicated to, you guessed it, Raspberry Pi.

Among its huge variety of guides, news, and forums, there’s an entire section about how Raspberry Pi can be used to fuel the internet of things. In their words:

If you love data, automating things, and just seeing cool stuff then you’re going to love the internet of things.

We think that’s about right. There are plenty of Pi projects to keep most DIYers busy for a while, and if you get bored they run a great newsletter too.

3. Arduino

Arduino is:

An open source platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software.

It was developed to enable fast prototyping and design, but since then it’s been co-opted by the interent of things maker community to help people with their IoT projects.

The community and blog are both focused on helping users build their own IoT hardware and code their own software.

With the Arduino blog/community, people can start building smart devices that talk to the world around them in no time flat.

4. Hackster.io

Hackster started five years ago and is still going strong. They’re all about hardware and hacking stuff together. They try and focus on projects that help create social capital, like tools for weather forecasting, but often end up producing things like self-balancing jousting knights.

Either way, for a strong community that actually gives back to its participants, it’s hard to look past Hackster.

5. Eric Brown’s IoT Series on Linux.com

A little old, but still extremely relevant.

In 2016, Eric Brown wrote a series all about the internet of things. In his words:

In this series, we will focus primarily on automation solutions that rely on numerous wireless, low-power sensor endpoints. However, we will also explore the many concepts and technologies IoT shares with emerging mobile autonomous devices and wearables. A drone, for example, can be used as a flying sensor array that is integrated within a larger IoT network.

Given the Linux.com platform, it’s hardly surprising that it looks primarily at open source solutions to achieve IoT goals, but since that’s how most internet of things builders start, it’s definitely relevant. Annoyingly, you can’t link to the series as a whole, but you can find the posts below:

6. AdaFruit

AdaFruit is another Raspberry Pi content hub and store that is focused on making the internet of things fun for the people who are building it. In addition to their blog, which has an “ask an engineer” section with over 1,000 article and a how-to section with an additional 1,000 posts, they run an active forum where you can get help with AdaFruit products. These products include all the raw components that a budding internet of things builder might need, which means they’re a great place to get started.


IoT Content Hubs

7. IoT Council

The IoT Council is a think tank for the internet of things and a global community of IoT leaders, practitioners, and thinkers. They’re a great resource to go to for high-level thought leadership, IoT news, and both formal and informal IoT events.

What makes them such a powerful resource is that they offer in-depth reports and articles completely for free. There is a membership option, but it’s hardly required to get lots of value from the Council.

8. IoT One

IoT One is an odd little web property.

They cover mostly the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and are squarely aimed at helping senior executives.

Here’s the thing though: a huge amount of their content, reviews, and more are all available for free.

If you’re in the market for vendors (hardware or software), use cases, case studies, or just want to know what other companies are doing/where you stand, then IoT One is the place to go.

9. Connected World

Connected World is one of the few thoroughbred internets of things content companies out there.

Run by the tech futurist Peggy Smedley (who also runs the Peggy Smedley Institute), it’s constantly asking (and answering) the question: ‘what’s next for the internet of things?’  

10.IoT For All

IoT For All is the internet at it’s best. Founded by developers to create a central resource for all things IoT-related, it’s full of useful content (including audio) for consumption. Topics range from how to guides for designing the internet of things to technical deep-dives that get under the hood of what makes the internet of things run.

In general, IoT For All is true to its name and is more accessible than other resources, so is a great place to get started.

11.  IoT Institute

The IoT Institute is what it says on the tin: an institute that looks at all things Internet of Things-y.

What’s especially useful about the IoT Institute is that in addition to looking at the usual IoT topics like healthcare, manufacturing, supply chain, infrastructure, and building, they also look at things like IoT strategy, analytics, and what the internet of things means for actual people, not just industries and businesses.

They also run and advertise lots of IoT events all over the world.

12. Stacey on IoT [podcast]

Stacey Higginbotham is a long-time tech journalist and editor, who now runs a podcast all about the internet of things (as well as a newsletter). Because of her 18 years covering technology, she has the incredible knack to get fantastic guests onto her show and interview them in an accessible and engaging way.

Plus, she generates all sorts of blog posts, articles, about the internet of things. She’s always worth a read/listen.

13. TechTarget IoT Agenda

TechTarget is a B2B marketing firm that produces tech content then sells its user’s behaviour to tech companies who want to target them.

It’s pretty brilliant.

Of course, for this to work they have to produce valuable content that people want to read. And when it comes to the internet of things, that’s spawned the TechTarget IoT Agenda.

Generally, they focus on industry news, and trends/thought leadership pieces, but also build out plenty of downloadable, high-value content and IoT guides.

14. IoT Analytics

IoT Analytics is a market research company specifically for the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and the M2M world. Its goal is to help IoT decision makers access the data they need to make informed decisions, and to that end, they produce extremely detailed, useful, and (unfortunately) expensive reports.

But they also produce lots of content that readily available on their site. They freely distribute industry company information, trends, predictions, and more — all backed by their diligently collected data and research.

15. IoT Now

IoT Now is a dedicated product resource for you and your team.

They combine a huge amount of IoT content on a single domain, including industry news, thought-provoking blogs, white papers and other high-value content, events, webinars — they even have a regular magazine.

Of course, so much content can be a little overwhelming. We especially liked their blog and their webinar work (despite the fact you can’t watch them on double speed).

16. The IoT Magazine

The IoT Magazine says its:

The number 1 place to learn about IoT.

We’re not sure if that’s true, but regardless it is a superb tool.

They have a breadth of content that’s almost unmatched, offering fast, fun reads like the future of work alongside much more in-depth pieces about stuff like the intersection between blockchain technology and the internet of things.

Plus, they’re hosted on Medium, so they offer a cleaner, less cluttered reading experience than other IoT resources out there. 


Other IoT Resources

17. /r/IOT

It’s not surprising that there’s a subreddit totally dedicated to the internet of things.

There are of course lots of different ones but /r/IOT is great balance of content aggregation, informed discussion, and common IoT pitfalls.

While lots of other resources we recommend for a specific user or industry, we’d say this is essential for everyone.

Why?

Because like its parent Reddit, /r/IOT covers the internet of things from all angles.There’s a world of questions about IoT for cities, companies, DIYers, and more.

Check it out. You’re bound to learn something!

18. High Mobility’s Beginners Guide to the Internet of Things

Most of these resources are databases or content producers.

Basically, lots of interesting stuff.

But sometimes, a single piece of content is so good that it gets a mention on it’s own.

High Mobility’s beginners guide to the internet of things is one of those rare pieces of content that combines technical proficiency, comprehension, and third-party data in a simple, accessible way. For anyone trying to get their head around IoT, then this is a must-read resource.

19. Enterprise Integration Patterns

The Internet of Things is essentially an exercise in integration. If our devices talking to each other is the shiny end result, then integration at every level is the blood, sweat, and tears to get there.

But it’s also the technology piece that is so often misunderstood, underestimated, or overlooked completely. And while services Like Zapier, IFTTT, and Stringify are all excellent examples of user-driven integration efforts, none of them address how enterprises need to get their systems talking.

Enterprise Integration Patterns (especially this chapter) delves into this world so even non-developers can understand the basics.

20. Smart Industry

While not a dedicated IoT resource, they talk about smart industry… which basically means the internet of things.

For trending news and thought pieces, Smart Industry is the way to go. They also cover IoT and smart technology news from a business/enterprise angle without going overboard on their partner promotion.

21. LinkLabs

LinkLabs helps organizations connect their disparate smart devices in a way that allows rapid data processing and top-of-the-line security.

But for us, it’s all about the content they produce. Their blog, white papers, and other resources offer fairly technical commentary on the internet of things. For people looking for more technical content like how real-time location systems can be used in healthcare settings, and “Costs in IoT: LTE-M vs. NB-IOT vs. SigFox vs. LoRa” then LinkLabs is the place for you.

22. Postscapes

For up-to-the-minute IoT ideas, products, and concepts, Postscapes is hard to look past.

They cover the typical IoT news but also delve into new startups, new funding, and acquisitions.

It’s the best place on the internet to stay up to date with what’s going on in internet of things universe.

What’s more, they produce a staggering number of niche IoT guides, covering everything from IoT platforms to DIY IoT.

23. Exosite

Exosite is:

an IoT-enablement platform and paradigm.

Which essentially means they connect complicated stuff to other complicated stuff.

But beyond that, they have in-depth white papers, blog posts, and thought-leading webinars perfect for senior leaders leading or championing IoT transformation projects.

24. IoT Directory

Sometimes when you’re looking for a vendor, it’s nice to just see all of your options in a single place.

IoT Directory does that for IoT providers.

Of course, there is never going to be a truly 100% comprehensive list, but we think that IoT directory gets pretty close.

What’s more, they split it out into software, hardware, end-to-end providers, and connectivity providers, enabling rapid exploration of the product/service you need.

25. IBM’s Big Data Hub [podcast]

You’re probably tired of reading by now.

Which is why we’ve included the IBM Big Data Hub’s IoT section. They have hundreds of podcast, videos, infographics, and more all about the internet of things.  They talk to experts, look at trends, and actually bring some numbers into their conversations. It’s a superb resource that focuses a little more on the reality of IoT for enterprises, rather than the concept of an interconnected world.

26. Sidewalk Labs blog

Sidewalk Labs is Google company whose goal/purpose is to reimagine how cities work in the 21st century. They’re currently working on building a “smart city” on some under-used land on Toronto’s waterfront.

Generally, they blog about a range of urban problems. But as one of the only organizations actively working through the challenges of building a “smart city”, they also have tons of interesting stuff on what the internet of things means for municipalities.

For the urban enthusiasts out there curious about what the future holds for cities, Sidewalk Labs is a great place to start.

Summary

There you have it. 26 resources that will get and keep you up to speed on what’s going on in the interconnected world of interconnected devices.

Plugged in, so to speak, to the internet of things network (see what we did there)?

Because the internet of things is coming. Maybe not as fast as we first predicted, and maybe not as pervasive as Black Mirror usually predicts, but it’s definitely on its way.

The way we engage with products, from the second they enter the supply chain to when we take them off the shelf will be an interconnected experience, complete with feedback loops and automated processes. We’re building a world that will, eventually, empower AI to make our lives easier.

And it all starts with building an interconnected network of smart devices.

Don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited.

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