By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk
May saw two new players emerging in the Internet of Things, as well as big players buying up smaller ventures for the same reason. Afero raised a significant round of funding to push a combination of Bluetooth and cellular-enabled gateways to roll out the IoT without WiFi, and that has been the strongest story through the last part of the month. This eclisped the earlier seed round of funding for DevicePilot as it pivoted from its original startup proposal of 1024.io. Microsoft is also looking to play significantly in IOT with the purchase of Solair to add to its Azure IoT offering. Expect more consolidation from other large players as the IoT technology landscape shakes out.