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What follows is the prestigious Connected World magazine CW 100 annual ranking of the elite technology leaders based on their contributions to the connected devices marketplace. Rather than just listing the industry’s top 100 technology innovators, each company is being ranked on their game-changing technologies, products, services, and commitment to enable connectivity as determined by the editors of Connected World. Published since 2003, this annual list has recognized companies across the globe. This ranking is considered the most definitive and influential directory when it comes to looking at the shifting demands of the market.

According to Connected World Editorial Director Peggy Smedley, “The CW 100 is a very elite group within the technology elite. Every company believes it belongs on this list, but only 100 deserve the honor. Every company within the CW 100 swears they understand the Internet of Things, but very few will have the wherewithal to withstand the ultimate rigors to keep their position year-after-year, while others will adapt to the shifting market unseating their competitive counterparts.” Only time will tell which companies are hanging on by a thread and which ones will surpass the competition and move up the ranks.

The CW 100 (Connected World 100) includes companies that share a vision for promoting the connected world. This is more than simply selling a product used in connected solutions; the company needs to show it is committed to the idea of the connected world and is helping to make connecting devices a simpler, secure process. Companies should be dedicated to providing solutions, products, and services that make connectivity and M2M/IoT (Internet of Things) communications easier to implement. Overall, the companies ranked on this list are doing their part to enable a connected world, whether that is through a stated vision, the solutions they provide, or the impact they are currently having in the world of connected devices.

The editors’ rankings are compiled from many different types of data for inclusion in the CW 100. To determine the rankings of each company Connected World must first standardize all of the measures. Based on making comparisons between companies and simplifying a methodology of these standardized sums each is given a score to determine strengths, weaknesses, and customer perceptions.

If a company wishes to be considered and nominates itself Connected World will always consider it, but keep in mind only 100 firms can be included. Some, not necessarily, all of the methodology are used to consider companies for inclusion in the CW 100.

See Our Methodology

  • Strength and number of customer references
  • Strength of business model and product/service portfolio
  • Establishment in the market: revenue, partnerships, employees
  • Momentum/activity during the past 12 months
  • Growth potential based on respective fiscal year and comparison with prior year’s figures
  • Stability of M&A or uncertainty due to M&A
  • Ongoing and productive working relationship with the editorial staff of Connected World
  • Other intangibles including input from market observers, industry experts

 

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1Cisco Systems, Inc.

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2Qualcomm, Inc.

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3Google

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4Verizon

5Honeywell Intl., Inc.

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6AT&T

7General Electric

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8ARM Ltd.

9Intel Corp.

10NXP Semiconductors

11IBM

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12Texas Instruments Inc.

13NEC Display Solutions

14Apple Inc.

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15Disney

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16Ericsson

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17Zebra Technologies Corp.

18Alien Technology Corp.

19Broadcom Corp.

20RacoWireless

21Microsoft

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22BlackBerry

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23Marvell

24Hewlett-Packard Co.

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25Telit Wireless Solutions (ILS*)

26Toshiba/Landis+Gyr

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27Atmel Corp.

28Amdocs Inc.

29Samsung

30Gemalto

31ORBCOMM

32Linear Technology

33Echelon Corp.

34PTC (ThingWorx,* Axeda*)

35Sierra Wireless

36Oracle Corp.

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37Mesh Systems

38Amazon

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39Trimble Navigation Ltd.

40Silver Spring Networks

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41LG Electronics

42Digi International Inc.

43Red Bend

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44Elster Group GmbH

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45Iridium Communications, Inc.

46Jasper Technologies,
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47Microchip Technology, Inc.

48Sprint

49Cycle30, Inc.

50EnerNOC, Inc.

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51Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.

52Airbiquity

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53Accenture

54T-Mobile USA, Inc.

55u-blox AG

56Garmin Ltd.

57Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

58Tendril

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59Synchronoss

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60AirStrip Technologies

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61SAP

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62Siemens AG

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63NetComm Wireless Ltd.

64Symantec Corp.

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65Aeris Communications

66DataOnline LLC

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67EUROTECH S.p.A.

68Itron

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69salesforce.com, Inc.

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70Tesla Motors, Inc.

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71Whirlpool

72Maingate

73Wyless Inc.

74Good Technology

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75Rogers
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76Nokia Solutions and Networks

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77Lowe's

78Inmarsat plc.

79Silicon Laboratories, Inc.

80Motorola Solutions, Inc.

81Sequans Communications

82151 ADVISORS

83Deutsche Telekom AG

84Connected Development, LLC

85Vodafone Group

86Fargo Telecom Holding

87Bell Canada

88Globalstar

89Telenor Group

90Ethertronics Inc., U.S.A.

91BSH Home Appliances Corp. (Bosch)

92CradlePoint, Inc.

93KORE Wireless Group (Jazz Wireless*)

94orange

95Quake Global, Inc.

96ESPRIDA Corp.

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97ADT LLC dba ADT Security Services

98CETECOM

99Skywave Mobile Communications

100Xirgo Technologies

*Past companies that have been acquired