Internet of Things Investments Becoming More Substantial

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The internet of things (IoT) sector has seen vibrant funding and exit activity over the past few years. How have its funding trends evolved over time? On our internet of things research platform, we have analyzed the data through 2017 and can conclude that the investments in IoT have become more substantial over time.

We have come to this conclusion from the following three takeaways:

  •      Funding amounts are seeing robust growth at the annual level
  •      Funding events are seeing a decline in recent years
  •      Average funding per deal amounts are growing

We will illustrate these takeaways with a series of graphics to show the trend of IoT investments over time.

IoT Funding Amounts Seeing Robust Growth Annually

We will start off by examining the IoT funding trends over the years stacked by quarters.

IoT Funding Amount by Quarter

This graph illustrates that IoT funding saw explosive growth at the annual level. Specifically, the CAGR in funding amounts from 2012 to...

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Internet of Things (IoT) Startup Highlights  – Q4 2017

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Here is our Q4 2017 summary report on the Internet of Things (IoT) startup sector. The following report includes an overview, recent activity, and a category deep dive.

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IoT Software Platforms Companies with Largest Funding Amounts

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Internet of Things Sector Overview - Q4 2017

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The Internet of Things sector (IoT) continues to get a lot of buzz in the technology industry. Connected devices have improved our professional and personal lives in every aspect from industrial operations to medical procedures to home security. Yet what are the different components of IoT and how do they make up this startup ecosystem? On our IoT research platform, we have classified the companies in the sector into functional categories. This blog post examines these categories and how they compare with one another through a series of graphics.

IoT Home Is the Largest Internet of Things Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Logo Map for the Internet of Things sector. As of January 2018, we have classified 2,130 IoT startups into 20 categories which collectively raised $50 billion in funding. The Logo Map highlights the number of companies in each category and a random sampling of these companies.

Internet of Things Logo Map

We can see from the Logo Map above that IoT Home is the largest Internet...

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Internet of Things Exits by Category and by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Internet of Things sector. The graphics include data through August 2017.

Internet of Things Exits by Category

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Internet of Things category. The IoT Software Platforms category leads the sector with 8 IPOs and 39 acquisitions. The IoT Home category follows behind with 4 IPOs and 25 acquisitions.

Internet of Things Exits by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Internet of Things by year. 2016 currently leads the sector with 2 IPOs and 53 acquisitions, with 2015 following behind with 7 IPOs and 31 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 2067 IoT companies in 20 categories across 53 countries, with a total of $42.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT market report.

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Venture Investing in the Internet of Things - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. The graphics include data through August 2017.

Internet of Things Venture Investing by Category

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each IoT category to the number of companies in the category. The IoT Software category leads in funding at around $5B. IoT Home leads in company count at just over 300 companies. 

Internet of Things Average Funding by Category

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each IoT category. The IoT Enterprise category leads the sector with around $76M in average funding per company, followed by the IoT Automotive category with around $67M in average funding per company.

We are currently tracking 2062 IoT companies in 20 categories across 53 countries, with a total of $42.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things market report.

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Age by Category in Internet of Things - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through August 2017.

Internet of Things Age by Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Internet of Things (IoT) category. The IoT Industrial category has the highest average age at around 12.1 years, followed by the IoT Hardware Platforms category with an average age of around 11.8 years. IoT Components, IoT Utilities and Energy, and IoT City and Buildings categories all have the highest median age at around 8.5 years. On the other hand, IoT Tags and Jewelry category is the youngest Internet of Things category with an average age of 5 years and a median age of 4.5 years.

We are currently tracking 2055 IoT companies in 20 categories across 53 countries, with a total of $42.1 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT market report.

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Where in the World Are IoT Startups? - Q3 2017

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The analyses below summarize where Internet of Things (IoT) innovations are occurring. The graphics includes data through August 2017.

Internet of Things Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of IoT companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 1200 companies.

Internet of Things VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total IoT startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $27B.

We are currently tracking 2024 IoT companies in 20 categories across 52 countries, with a total of $41.5B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT market report.

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Internet Of Things (IoT) Companies Founded by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through August 2017.

Internet of Things Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Internet of Things companies founded in a certain year. 2014 ranks at the top with around 343 companies founded in that year alone. 2013 is the runner-up with 300 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 2004 IoT companies in 20 categories across 52 countries, with a total of $39.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things market report.

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Internet Of Things Funding by Round - Q3 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Internet of Things space. Please note these graphics are made using data through August 2017.

Internet of Things Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016, we saw a general increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking in 2014 and 2016. Up till 2013 all rounds of funding except for Seed saw approximately equal amounts during these years. After 2013 earlier stage rounds (Series A, B, and C) and Late Stage round make up a larger share of the total amount.

Internet of Things Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016 we’ve seen an upward trend that peaked in 2015 and declined sharply thereafter. Earlier stage funding such as Seed, Series A, and Series B events make up the majority of funding event counts. 

We are currently tracking 1991 IoT companies in 20 categories across 52 countries, with a total of $38.2...

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Internet of Things Exits by Category and by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Internet of Things sector. The graphics include data through April 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in IoT

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Internet of Things category. The IoT Software category leads the sector with 9 IPOs and 35 acquisitions. The IoT Home category follows behind with 4 IPOs and 21 acquisitions.

Exit Activity by Year in IoT

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Internet of Things by year. 2016 currently leads the sector with 2 IPOs and 51 acquisitions, with 2015 following behind with 6 IPOs and 27 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 1970 IoT companies in 20 categories across 51 countries, with a total of $36.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT market report.

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Average and Median Age by Internet of Things Category - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through April 2017.

Average/Median Age by IoT Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Internet of Things (IoT) category. The IoT Industrial category has the highest average age at around 13 years, followed by the IoT Hardware category with an average age of around 12 years. IoT Components, IoT Utilities, and IoT City/Buildings categories all have the highest median age at around 8 years, followed by the IoT Industrial category with a median age of 7 years.

We are currently tracking 1944 IoT companies in 20 categories across 49 countries, with a total of $35.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT market report.

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Internet Of Things (IoT) Companies Founded by Year - Q2 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through April 2017.

IoT Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Internet of Things companies founded in a certain year. 2014 ranks at the top with around 311 companies founded in that year alone. 2013 is the runner-up with 284 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 1930 IoT companies in 20 categories across 49 countries, with a total of $34.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things market report.

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Internet Of Things Funding by Round - Q2 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Internet of Things space. Please note these graphics are made using data through April 2017.

IoT Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016, we saw a general increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking in 2014 and 2016. Up till 2013 all rounds of funding except for Seed saw approximately equal amounts during these years. After 2013 earlier stage rounds (Series A, B, and C) and Late Stage round make up a larger share of the total amount.

IoT Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. From 2006 to 2015 we’ve seen an upward trend that peaked in 2015 and declined sharply thereafter. Earlier stage funding such as Seed, Series A, and Series B events make up the majority of funding event counts. 

We are currently tracking 1910 IoT companies in 20 categories across 49 countries, with a total of $33.7 Billion...

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Internet of Things Exits by Category and by Year - Q2 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Internet of Things sector. The graphics include data through April 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in IoT

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Internet of Things category. The IoT Software category leads the sector with 9 IPOs and 35 acquisitions. The IoT Home category follows behind with 4 IPOs and 21 acquisitions.

Exit Activity by Year in IoT

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Internet of Things by year. 2016 currently leads the sector with 2 IPOs and 51 acquisitions, with 2015 following behind with 6 IPOs and 27 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 1877 IoT companies in 20 categories across 50 countries, with a total of $32.7 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT market report.

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Average and Median Age by Internet of Things Category - Q2 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through April 2017.

Average/Median Age by IoT Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Internet of Things (IoT) category. The IoT Industrial category has the highest average age at around 13 years, followed by the IoT Hardware category with an average age of around 12 years. IoT Components, IoT Utilities, and IoT City/Buildings categories all have the highest median age at around 8 years, followed by the IoT Industrial category with a median age of 7 years.

We are currently tracking 1860 IoT companies in 20 categories across 50 countries, with a total of $32 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT market report.

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Internet Of Things (IoT) Companies Founded by Year - Q1 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

IoT Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Internet of Things companies founded in a certain year. 2013 ranks at the top with around 236 companies founded in that year alone. 2014 is the runner-up with 227 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 1792 IoT companies in 20 categories across 49 countries, with a total of $30.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things market report.

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Internet Of Things Funding by Round - Q1 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Internet of Things space. Please note these graphics are made using data through October 2016.

IoT Funding by Round - Amount

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016, we saw a general increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking in 2016. Up till 2013 all rounds of funding except for Seed saw approximately equal amounts during these years. After 2013 earlier stage rounds (Series A, B, and C) make up a larger share of the total amount.

IoT Funding by Round - Count

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. From 2006 to 2015 we’ve seen an upward trend that peaked in 2015. Earlier stage funding such as Seed, Series A, and Series B events make up the majority of funding event counts. 

We are currently tracking 1738 IoT companies in 20 categories across 50 countries, with a total of $30.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full...

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Internet of Things Exits by Category and by Year - Q1 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Internet of Things sector. The graphics include data through October 2016. 

Exit Activity by Category in IoT

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Internet of Things category. The IoT Software Platforms category leads the sector with 8 IPOs and 26 acquisitions. The IoT Home and IoT Components categories follow behind with 3 IPOs and 13 acquisitions, and 8 IPOs and 8 acquisitions, respectively.

Exit Activity by Year in IoT

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Internet of Things by year. 2016 currently leads the sector with 1 IPO and 34 acquisitions, with 2015 following behind with 4 IPOs and 25 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 1679 IoT companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $29 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

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Venture Investing in the Internet of Things – Q1 2017

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The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. The graphics include data through October 2016.

Venture Investing in IoT

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Internet of Things category to the number of companies in the category. The IoT Fitness category is leading in the Total Funding stat with over $3.7B, whereas the IoT Home category is leading in the Company Count stat with 230 companies.

Average Funding by IoT Category

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Internet of Things category. The IoT Enterprise category leads the sector with around $78M in average funding per company, followed by the IoT Utilities/Energy category with about $69M in average funding per company.

We are currently tracking 1639 IoT companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $27.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

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Average and Median Age by Internet of Things Category - Q1 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016. 

Average and Median Age by IoT Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Internet of Things (IoT) category. The IoT Industrial category has the highest average age at just under 14 years. IoT Components and IoT Utilities/Energy have the highest median age, at just under 10 years.

We are currently tracking 1602 IoT companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $26.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

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Internet of Things Companies Founded by Year - Q4 2016

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The following graph shows the founding date distribution in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016. 

IoT Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Internet of Things companies founded in a certain year. 2013 ranks at the top with 236 companies founded in that year. 2014 is close behind with 227 companies founded.

We are currently tracking 1542 Internet of Things companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $26.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

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Internet of Things Startup Landscape Trends and Insights - Q4 2016

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A report providing an overview of the Internet of Things startup landscape, graphical trends and insights, and recent funding and exit events. Click here to see this entire deck on SlideShare.

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IoT Trends and Insights

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IoT Quarterly Update

Recent IoT Funding Events

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We are currently tracking 1563 Internet of Things companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $26.7 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things landscape report and database.

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Average Funding by Internet of Things Category - Q4 2016

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Average Funding by IoT Category

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Internet of Things category. The IoT Enterprise category leads the sector with around $78M in average funding per company, followed by the IoT Utilities/Energy category with about $69M in average funding per company.

We are currently tracking 1515 Internet of Things companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $26.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

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Internet of Things Category Innovation Quadrant - Q4

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Internet of Things Category Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Internet of Things categories and how they compare with one another.
 
   •  Heavyweights: Categories with high average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
 
   •  Established: Categories with low average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
 
   •  Disruptors: Categories with high average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
 
   •  Pioneers: Categories with low average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.
 
The definitions of the...
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Internet of Things Exits by Category and by Year - Q4 2016

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Internet of Things Exits by Category

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Internet of Things category. The IoT Software Platforms category leads the sector with 8 IPOs and 26 acquisitions. The IoT Home and IoT Components categories follow behind with 3 IPOs and 13 acquisitions, and 8 IPOs and 8 acquisitions, respectively.

Internet of Things Exits by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Internet of Things by year. 2016 currently leads the sector with 1 IPO and 34 acquisitions, with 2015 following behind with 4 IPOs and 25 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 1500 IoT companies in 20 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $25.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

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Internet of Things Market Overview Q3

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The above sector map organizes the Internet of Things sector into 20 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.
 
IoT Agriculture: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the productivity of the agricultural and farming industries. Examples include livestock software, moisture-sensing technology, and smart irrigation.

IoT Automotive: Companies that enable machine-to-machine communication in the automotive industry. Examples include mobility status sensors, driving habits applications, and vehicle health handhelds.

IoT City and Buildings: Companies that create connected devices to facilitate smart cities or manage the infrastructure of buildings. Examples include urban projection screens, smart building controls, and parking space locators.

IoT Components: Companies that manufacture the internal technologies of IoT hardware systems. Examples include IoT circuit boards, chips, and semiconductors.

IoT Drones and Robotics: Companies that create...
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Venture Investing In Internet of Things Q2

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The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Internet of Things category to the number of companies in the category. The IoT Fitness category is leading in the Total Funding stat with over $3.6B, whereas the IoT Home category is leading in the Company Count stat with 207 companies.

We are currently tracking 1343 Internet of Things companies in 20 categories across 45 countries, with a total of $23.2 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full IoT landscape report and data.

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Internet of Things Q2 Update in 15 Visuals

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We at Venture Scanner are tracking 1269 Internet of Things (IoT) companies across 20 categories, with a combined funding amount of $19.2 Billion. The 15 visuals below summarize the current state of Internet of Things.

1. Internet of Things Market Overview

We organize Internet of Things into the 21 categories listed below:

IoT Agriculture: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the productivity of the agricultural and farming industries. Examples include livestock software, moisture-sensing technology, and smart irrigation.

IoT Automotive: Companies that enable machine-to-machine communication in the automotive industry. Examples include mobility status sensors, driving habits applications, and vehicle health handhelds.

IoT City and Buildings: Companies that create connected devices to facilitate smart cities or manage the infrastructure of buildings. Examples include urban projection screens, smart building controls, and parking space locators.

IoT Components:...

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