Top 12 most commonly used IoT protocols and standards
The volume and reach of connected things are rapidly expanding, with 2020 marking the first time that the number of IoT connections surpassed the number of non-IoT online connections, reaching 11.7 billion IoT connections. Researchers estimate the number of IoT connections will reach 30.9 billion by 2025.
The availability and expansion of IoT protocols, including 5G and low-power WANs, drives and supports much of that growth. IoT protocols are as critical to the existence of IoT as the things themselves. There are multiple IoT protocols available, with each one offering certain capabilities or combinations of features that make it preferable over other options for specific IoT deployments.
Technologists can select from multiple communication protocols when building a network to serve their IoT ecosystem. In this infographic, we list the most common ones and their main features.