Horizontal IoT Platforms and Their Potential Use Cases in Industrial Manufacturing
The Swiss manufacturing company Ronal Group is evaluating an Integration of an IoT
platform. On the market, there are different providers and design approaches
(vertical or horizontal). It is the purpose of the thesis to recommend the best suitable
platform provider and design approach for Ronal.
Dominic Weber, 2021
Bachelor Thesis, Ronal Group
Betreuende Dozierende: Thomas Hanne
Keywords: Internet of Things, IoT, Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, IIoT, IoT Platform
More and more suppliers, customers or competitors have already started to
implement an IoT platform. It can provide a company with loads of benefits and can
therefore be very valuable. Nevertheless, there is a huge number of IoT platform
providers on the market all providing an individual solution for companies in different
niches or segments. Therefore, it is a challenge to decide on the best suitable
provider and the design approach.
First, the requirements of the company have to be defined, which is done with the
help of internal interviews. In total, 6 internal interviews are held in order to
determine all needs Ronal has. Afterwards, different IoT platform providers are
analyzed in terms of functionality and ranked according to the requirements given. In
the end, a recommendation about which IoT platform provider suits best is made.
The first result of the work is the complete set of requirements. In total, 18 individual
requirements are collected, described, and weighted according to their importance.
Next, six IoT platform providers are analyzed in detail including Amazon Web
Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Watson, Hitachi Lumada, and PTC
ThingWorx. Additionally, the design approach of the platform providers (vertical or
horizontal) is described. The description of the functionality leads to the ranking of
the platform. Each platform is ranked and graded according to the requirements
given and the offered functionality. In the end, there is an overview of all rankings of
the IoT platform providers which leads to the recommendation of implementing the
IoT platform provider with the highest score and a horizontal platform design approach.
Studiengang: Business Information Technology (Bachelor)
Fachbereich der Arbeit: Business Information System & IT-Management