6 best IoT simulators for PC

By: Madeleine Dean
4 minute read

IoT simulators allow you to design, create and test IoT apps and devices without actually using real IoT boards. If you’re looking for an IoT simulator but you can’t decide which one to get, read this article to learn what are the best IoT simulators that you can use on your Windows PC.

Best simulators for IoT

Iotify

Iotify is a powerful IoT simulator that allows you to quickly develop IoT solutions in the cloud. This tool lets you simulate large scale IoT installations in your own virtual IoT lab. You can generate customizable traffic from thousands of virtual endpoints and test your platform for scale, security and reliability in order to identify and fix issues before rolling out the final product. You can simulate heavy network traffic to see how network latency affects your overall system performance.

Simulating a connected vehicle fleet or a network of surveillance cameras has never been easier. You can develop your IoT models using Javascript templates and generate traffic in real time via MQTT, HTTP or CoAP to any cloud platform provider.

For more information about Iotify and to sign up for free, go to the software’s official webpage.


MATLAB

MATLAB features an interesting IoT module that allows you develop and test smart devices, as well as collect and analyze IoT data in the cloud.

Iot platforms collect data from smart devices, aggregate it in the cloud and then analyze it in real time. Patterns and algorithms are then extracted and engineers can then use this information to create prototype algorithms and execute them in the cloud.

You can use MATLAB to prototype and build IoT systems. More specifically, you can develop algorithms in Simulink and then deploy them on your embedded hardware. You can also prototype your smart devices using Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

For more information about the IoT solutions offered by MATLAB, go to MathWorks webpage.


Netsim

NetSim is a powerful network simulator that you can use to simulate IoT systems. You can use it to test the performance of real apps over a virtual network. If you’re building a new IoT network from the ground or expand an existing one, you can use NetSim to predict how the respective network will perform.

This simulator supports multiple sources and destination and can be scaled to hundreds of nodes. You can simulate a wide variety of situations with the help of the’What-if’ scenarios and test metrics such as loss, delay, error, quality of service, and more.

For more information, go to NetSim’s official webpage.


BevyWise IoT Simulator

This IoT Simulator is a complex and easy to use MQTT simulation tool that allows you to simulate tens of thousands of IoT devices.

The clean and powerful UI lets you create and add the necessary devices in no time. You can configure the simulated IoT devices so as to publish messages at a very precise time. IoT Simulator can store simulation data in FLAT files or MySQL and SQLite databases.

The tool supports tens of thousands of IoT devices on Windows 7 and later.

For more information, go to BevyWise’s IoT Simulator official webpage.


Ansys IoT Simulator

This IoT simulator can help you develop and test the IoT devices and networks of tomorrow. Ansys collaborated with the best IoT leaders in the world, across industries, to build this comprehensive framework for IoT engineering simulation.

You can use this tool in a variety of fields, including wearables and medical devices, drones, connected cars, industrial equipment, and more. Ansys’ IoT simulation solutions helps you build more affordable and profitable devices.

For more information, go to Ansys IoT Simulator’s webpage.


IBM Bluemix

IBM’s Bluemix is an innovative cloud platform that allows you to sample the company’s Internet of Things Platform even if you don’t have a physical device using simulated data.

The built-in web console dashboards lets you monitor and analyze your simulated IoT data and then use it to build and optimize your own apps. The tool supports a wide variety of functions for manipulating data, storing it and even for interfacing with social media.

For more information, go to IBM’s Bluemix webpage.


IoT simulators are great tools to build and test future IoT devices and networks in a virtual lab. They allow developers to reduce cost, take their ideas from zero to one and then scale from one to million in order to roll out products faster.

The IoT simulators listed above are powerful tools that support complex simulations. Use them to build and test the IoT devices of tomorrow.

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