The IoT Companies that You Should Know

October 29, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Consultist Blog | No comment


Our previous post had an overview for the the Internet of Things. At this post, we will look at the market leaders and inspiring start-ups on the IoT.

Leaving the industrial use of the IoT for an upcoming article, we will focus on three major areas:  Healthcare, Home Automation, and Smart Cities.



The IoT has very exciting implications on healthcare. The ability to collect and share real time data enables access to remote care, early stage diagnosis, and prevention of complications of chronic diseases. The major trend in healthcare is linking the healthcare devices with mobile phones/tablets, which is also named m-health (mobile health).

Apple Healthkit & iHealth : Keep track of your health 


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In June 2014, Apple has introduced Healthkit, the platform that connects various apps and smart devices for health and fitness monitoring.

Just two months after, in September 2014, iHealth announced the expansive integration of nine of its mobile health devices with Apple’s Healthkit. With this integration, users can measure their body functions, sleeping, and exercise activities via  iHealth devices, and track all the data from their iphones/tablets.

A diabetics patient, for instance, can measure the glucose level with the iHealth glucometer, and seamlessly receive results at his/her iphone, compare the results with previous records, and can even share the data with a healthcare professional.

Adheretech: Take your medicine on time 


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Adheretech uses the IoT to ensure that the patients take their medication on time. The smart bottles remind the medication time by flashing light, making noise, and sending messages to the smart phones. If the patient (especially the elder) does not use a smart phone, the bottle can send a reminder call to the landline.

Adheretech’s smart bottles do not only target medication adherence of patients, but also aim to increase reliability of clinical trials by ensuring the trial participants have the maximum adherence.

AliveCor: Turn your mobile into a ECG device


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Alivecor turns mobile phones into instant ECG (electrocardiogram) machines. The product consists of a special phone cover and a mobile app available at the App Store and Google Play.

The ECG can be taken in two ways: Put your fingers on the receptors, or place the cover on your chest. You can compare results with the previous measurements, and share them with your doctor when necessary.

Google & Novartis Cooperation: The Smart Lens


In July 2014, Novartis announced that its eye division will collaborate with Google by licensing its smart lens technology. The announcement has been one of the most exciting news on the healthcare use of the IoT, as the lens carries the smart wearables concept to another level.

The smart lens is aimed to serve for two main purposes:

- Diabetics: Providing seamless, minimally invasive measurement of glucose levels through the fluid in tear, and sending results to a mobile device.

- Cataract treatment: Helping the eye to cover its natural autofocus.

BleepBleeps : Small helpers for parenting 


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BleepBleeps is a London based start-up that provides small and cute IoT devices for every stage of parenting. The devices are synchronised with a smart phone app over Bluetooth.

With the order at the image:

-GPS tracker, Lilly Loco

- Ovulation tester, Olivia P Sticks

- Baby monitor, David Camera

- Male fertility tester, Master Bates

-Buggy alarm, Sally Screamer

-Pregnancy ultra sound scanner, Ultra Stan

-Child-tracking GPS bracelet, Cecil G

-Digital ear thermometer, Tony Tempa

The company is at early stage, and you can pre-order Sally Screamer- the small triangle motion alarm that beeps and sends message to your smartphone once the attached object is moved: it can be your bag, fridge, door, or even the cap of the candy jar.

Home Automation

Home automation is one of the most popular areas of the IoT. According to Gartner’s study, a typical home in a developed country will be equipped with over 500 smart devices by 2022.

Nest : Smart thermostat and smoke alarm 


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Nest, acquired by Google in January 2014, is one of the pioneers of  home automation. The company has two popular products: Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect (the smoke alarm).

Nest Thermostat learns about your habits and temperature preferences, and sets itself for the most convenient heating schedule with maximum savings. Its mobile app also enables you to control your home’s heating remotely.

Nest Protect defines the problem (is it fire, or CO) and its location, and alerts you via mobile phone or tablet. You can also customize the mobile app to prepare yourself and your family for emergency cases by setting up meeting points and adding phone numbers of local police and fire departments. 

Navetas : Know your energy consumption

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Navetas is a spin out company from the Univeristy of Oxford, delivering solutions on energy measurement, management, and conservation for residential and industrial use.

With Navetas Energy Monitor, you can track how much energy each appliance consumes, and how much it costs.

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Loop is another product of Navetas. Connected with your mobile device or computer, you can  track utility expenses, and control your consumption by setting targets and budget limits. Collaborating with uSwitch, Loop also provides comparison of your utility costs with the alternative providers.

Belkin: Control your home appliances 

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Belkin is one of the leading innovators on the IoT. With Belkin products connected to their smart phones/tablets, users can control plugged devices and lights, and track activities at home through the smart sensors.

The company is also developing new IoT technologies to provide further energy savings.

Ninja Blocks: Control all smart devices from one place


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Ninja Sphere is created by Ninja Blocks, an Australian start-up funded by over 1.7 thousand backers at Kickstarter.

With Ninja Sphere you can control plugged devices, lights, temperature, and energy consumption; and track the location of your items and pets. It can alert you if you’re about leaving home without your keys or wallet, or when a valuable item at your home is being removed.

The Sphere serves as a smart hub integrating all IoT applications into a single system. With the machine learning algorithm, it learns about the user’s environment and habits, and acts accordingly. For example, if you receive a phone call when the TV is on, a notification appears on the TV screen: “Incoming call from X. Your phone is in the living room.” What’s more, the smart TV turns its volume down during the phone call. You can also receive clever suggestions such as: ‘There’s nobody in the kitchen, turn off the lights?’

Ninja Sphere does not provide all these solutions on its own: It works compatible with various IoT products; including Nest Thermostat, variety of smart bulbs, Belkin Switch, and smart tags. 

Smart Cities


The Internet of Things is also expected to make our cities more eco-friendly, efficient, and easier to live in. Below we introduce four companies  addressing some major issues of the urban life.

Streetline: The smart way of finding a parking spot 


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There are two problems that every urban driver faces: Traffic, and finding a park space. What’s worse, these two make a vicious cycle: It’s way more difficult to find a parking spot in a congested traffic, and drivers looking for parking spot make the traffic even worse.

Streetline addresses these issues by helping users to find parking spots in a smart way. The US-based company provides real-time parking guidance through smartphones and car navigation systems at outdoors, garages, parking sites, and airports. It has already done over 250 million parking events over the US, Canada, and Europe.

Apart from the Parker mobile app, Streetline has two more products:

ParkerMap is the free embedded map for business and organisation websites, showing the real time parking availability nearby their premises. The map is available for over 30 cities, and is expected to expand soon.

ParkSight provides analytics for city management to utilise the parking spaces, and contributes data-based operational decisions, and policy making.

Oxford Flood Network-Love Hz


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Oxford Flood Network is a great example for the use of the IoT at cities. What’s more, it is a community project calling for citizens to build their own smart city.

Oxford Flood Network aims to build an early warning system for floods in Oxfordshire by providing real time information on water levels. The project is planned to start with 30 sensors to monitor Thames and Cherwell Rivers, and aims to expand with the help of local volunteers. The sensors will be using the gaps in the TV spectrum, named white space networks.

The project is led by Love Hz, an Oxford based company delivering IoT applications empowered by the local volunteers.

Enevo: Waste management for smart cities 


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Finland based Enevo delivers waste management solutions for smart cities, providing up to 50% savings at direct costs. Wireless sensors placed in the waste containers measure the fullness level and temperature inside, forecasts when the container will be full, and delivers the most efficient schedules and routes for waste collection.

Seamless: Hear your car’s alarm everywhere 

Seamless is a Cambridge-based, pre-launch start-up that utilises the IoT to create a car alarm connected to your mobile.  With Seamless, you can track your car’s location, and get alarmed if anything unexpected happens. 

The examples above represent just a small fraction from the growing world of   the IoT , where the number and variety of smart, connected products constantly increase. Want to know more IoT products? Please enjoy the video below, where David Rose, author of “Enchanted Objects” demonstrates a home that you can “live like a wizard”.


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