Top IoT Tools and Platforms for IoT Development and Developers

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internet of things (IoT) is the new tech buzzword making the rounds in the internet-centric space. It is one of the fastest growing industries. IoT is an emerging technology that connects billions of smart devices and sensors to the Internet in an efficient, secure and convenient way.

Many IoT developers are dominating the industry by trying out IoT devices and applications for various organizations. The One Technologies is an offshore IoT application development company that provides end-to-end Internet of Things application development services at affordable prices.

Here are the best IoT tools and platforms for IoT developers and development.

1. Eclipse IoT

Eclipse IoT is an open source platform that enables IoT developers and IoT development companies to develop applications in Java. With the help of Eclipse IoT, you can build IoT devices, cloud platforms, and gateways. This tool focuses on the development, adoption and promotion of open source IoT technologies.

These protocols, frameworks and application services and IoT tools are promoted as the most suitable programming language for IoT using the Lua programming language.

2. Node-RED

Node-RED is a simple, open-source visualization tool based on Node.JS that is used to connect devices, services, and APIs together for the Internet of Things. Node-RED is a user-friendly interface, developed by IBM’s Emerging Technology department, to connect, hardware, API or online service with tight integration. It helps you connect devices easily and quickly, manage data flow, and integrate with APIs.

3.Tessel 2

Tessel 2 is a robust IoT platform used to create basic IoT solutions and prototypes. It integrates additional sensors and modules. This card has the capacity to hold up to a dozen modules including RFID, GPS, camera and accelerometer.

This Tessel is very simple for developers familiar with Node.JS programming. This way, Tessel can be used to host multiple hardware firmware servers and IoT solutions. You can take advantage of all Node.JS libraries to unveil a multitude of devices in minutes with Tessel.


Arduino is an open source prototyping platform offering both IoT hardware and software. Arduino is a hardware specification that can be applied to interactive electronics and a set of software that includes the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the Arduino programming language. It is one of the most preferable IDE in all IoT development tools, easy and simple to use.

Arduino may be your first choice if you plan to build a computer that can sense and control more of the physical world than your normal standalone computing device.

5. Create Kinoma

Kinoma Create is a device that allows you to establish a connection between two devices without having too much programming knowledge in JavaScript. Kinoma Create includes many features necessary for developing small IoT applications such as connecting light, temperature or motion sensors for a specific purpose with mobile notifications when changes occur.

Kinoma Create has a few fundamental components which are as follows:

  • Touchscreen
  • 800MHz ARM SoC processor
  • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Multiple ports for connecting peripherals, including a USB 2.0 port
  • 128 MB memory and 16 MB flash memory
  • microSD card slot
  • Speaker and microphone specifications
  • Linux distribution

6. Device Hive

Based on Data Art’s AllJyone, Device Hive is a free and open source Machine to Machine (M2M) communication framework. Launched in 2012, it is considered to be one of the preferred platforms for developing IoT applications. Since Device Hive is a cloud-based API, you can control it remotely without having any network configuration. A similar thing applies to libraries, portals and management protocols.

7. Home Assistant

Home Assistant is an open-source tool used for home automation and works with a Python-based coding system. Mobile or desktop browser can easily control the developed IoT system with this tool. It is very easy to configure and is reliable for operations, security and privacy. The software supports all systems that run on Python 3.

IoT hardware platforms

iot hardware platforms

1. is an end-to-end IoT platform that provides an IoT hardware development platform, connectivity, device cloud, and apps. To build and manage your IoT fleet, it offers robust and reliable infrastructure features. Cellular (2G/3G/LTE), Wi-Fi or Mesh are provided for connectivity. It also provides Device Cloud, IoT Rules Engineer, Device OS and development tools as IoT software.

2. ThingWorx

ThingWorx is an emerging IoT platform designed to accelerate digital transformation in manufacturing and deliver cost-effective, reduced-risk, and reduced-development-time solutions. It provides the flexibility to access data and IoT from on-premises, off-premises or cloud and hybrid environments.

It provides flexibility and scalability for future developments and upgrades, helping to manage the development cycle of IoT applications.

3. IBM Watson IoT

IBM’s cloud-based Watson is a leading IoT development system that collects data from devices, equipment and machines and processes it in real time to derive value and better business decisions. IBM claims to have developed a strong analytics solution for cognitive analytics in the IoT.

The platform provides complementary services such as analytics, artificial intelligence, and blockchain services.

4. Samsung Artik

Samsung has launched its IoT development platform solution named Artik Cloud. It provides a wide range of modules to quickly connect devices to the cloud and start collecting data. Artik Cloud has a set of connectors that can be used to connect to third-party services. With this platform, we can store data from connected devices and aggregate this information.

Artik Cloud simplifies the development process by providing an out-of-the-box SDK and set of APIs. One of the main features of Artik modules is a miniaturized solution for multiple applications.

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