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The companies that are leading the Internet of Things (IoT) — now and in the future — are beginning to make themselves known. Appinions, in a recently published report, identified the most influential companies and what is driving them.

It probably comes as no surprise that Apple is at the top of the list, followed by Nest and Google. But there are a number of less expected companies in the mix, including — wait for it — BlackBerry.

Why These Companies?

Before looking at the findings, it is important to look at the methodology. Appinions is an influence marketing platform that helps B2B businesses identify, manage and measure the people and ideas that impact companies and their products.

Every month, the Appinions platform reviews nearly a billion documents from offline, online and social sources to help marketers gain an understanding of whose opinions are driving market awareness and perception. To find out more about this study we asked Jonah Bliss, director of marketing at Appinions, how the research had been carried out:

We feed it [the platform] tens of millions of docs every day from everything from sources that are online and offline and from news, TV radio and social media. From this, we are able to identify what topics and what people are influential a given filed and what the wider, general public is taking about."

It is important to keep this in mind, he said, as it explains where the lists they have devised come from and how they were created. Because the platform is agonistic and works on the terms that are fed into it, he said it provides marketers with unbiased views of who is who is any given market place.

For the purpose of the Internet of Things Influence Report Appinions reviewed 40,000 opinions in 100 million documents between March 31 and June 27 this year.

The IoT Top 10

According to Bliss, the main thing that comes out of the research is that the market is extremely volatile and no one single leader has yet emerged.

There is no one clear leader, there is no one clear definition, there is no clear roadmap. There is a lot of companies duking it out, for want of a better word, to figure out where lies the path forward and who will lead that forward. That’s maybe what’s so exciting about. In search Google is the clear leader, and in mobile advertising its Google also leads while in social media the clear leader for the moment is Facebook. However, with the IoT, its we were back in the 90s again, where everything was open and anything could happen."

Even still, over the three months, Apple is the clear leader in the IoT. However —  and Bliss is clear about this — this is not set in stone and is likely to change again.

In order of rating the list is as follows: Apple, Nest, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Cisco Samsung, Vodaphone, MediaTek, SecureRF.