In a recent blog post (What the IoT Global Awards shortlist tells us about the state of IoT) I talked about the fascinating short-list of companies that had been nominated for one of We Know Media’s IoT Global Awards, for which I was one of a panel of VIP judges. The awards included some hotly contested categories in verticals like automotive and manufacturing, as well as key areas such as security.
The winners were announced on the 22nd November and can be found here. Congratulations to Inauro, Nomos System, KORE, Lantronix, IoT.nxt, Kigen, PSA Certified, and the Moscow Department of Information Technologies. Particular congratulations to TCS which managed to pick up three gongs.
Also, a word of congratulations to all the short-listed entries, many of which are referred to in my earlier blog post. The standard of entries was incredibly high and you made the process of judging tough, exactly as it should be.
What was most highlighted to me was the degree to which the award winners were focused on applied innovation. These weren’t just technically sophisticated solutions. You need to do more than that nowadays to stand out from the crowd. These were real-life deployments tackling real-world challenges. When we advise companies on how to choose their vendors in IoT, one of our key recommendations is to find suppliers who have demonstrated experience; it’s not just “we can” that matters, because almost anyone can, it’s “we have”.
Also noticeable amongst the short-list and winners is the number of relatively new companies. For instance, Inauro was founded just last year and Kigen was spun out of ARM in 2020. A fantastic result for these organisations to already be winning awards.