Tech Data Announces European Agreement with Advantech for Industrial IoT Solutions

Tech Data Announces European Agreement with Advantech for Industrial IoT Solutions

Tech Data Announces European Agreement with Advantech for Industrial IoT Solutions

Enables business outcomes for edge-to-enterprise Industry 4.0 smart manufacturing projects.

Tech Data today announced a pan-European agreement with Advantech, a leading global provider of Industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions.

The Advantech product portfolio covers a comprehensive range of technologies from hardware and software to specific industry solutions for intelligent industrial automation and control.

Tech Data resellers and system integrators across Europe can now access Advantech’s extensive range of innovative products, which enable business outcomes for edge-to-enterprise IoT projects in industrial spaces, extreme environments with harsh conditions, transportation or outdoor applications.

Advantech is the latest addition to Tech Data’s IoT Solutions partner ecosystem, bringing special focus on data acquisition sensor capabilities, IoT networking infrastructure and data interfaces supporting a variety of environments. With this partnership, Tech Data reinforces its commitment to closing the gap between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) in the IoT market and driving adoption of industrial IoT through the channel.

Victor Paradell, vice president, IoT & Analytics Solutions, Europe, at Tech Data said:
“Success in IoT requires strong partnerships and collaboration. With this agreement, we will help our channel partners to deliver a complete solution, including the required IT and OT elements for the industrial sector. Industry 4.0 is driving growth in the IoT sector and Tech Data is now able to provide reliable end-to-end industrial solutions to help our partners resolve end-customer needs and deliver transformative business outcomes.”

The partnership between Advantech and Tech Data allows the creation of end-to-end solutions that open up new markets to Tech Data customers, such as predictive and prescriptive maintenance, remote field support and asset condition monitoring across Europe.

Jash Bansidhar, sector head of Industrial IoT Europe at Advantech, said:
“Advantech has selected Tech Data to accelerate its go-to-market for Industry 4.0 and Smart City systems integrators.”

“The partnership enables both companies to offer enhanced customer value by rolling-out international solution ready platforms (hardware and software) in industrial markets. Our cooperation enables us to offer one-stop-shop IIoT products and solutions that bridge the gap between OT and IT in factories and provide best-in-class customer service.”

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Vodafone IoT signs agreement with NIU to connect smart electric scooters worldwide

NIU smart electric scooter

NIU smart electric scooter

Vodafone has announced a new global connectivity agreement with leading Chinese electric scooter brand, NIU.

The agreement will see Vodafone provide all global connectivity services for NIU’s smart electric scooters – adding another advanced two-wheel provider to Vodafone’s Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio.

The NIU scooters, characterised by cutting-edge battery and motor technologies, a dedicated app and award winning design – will now all come pre-installed with Vodafone IoT SIM cards and one-year pre-paid data contracts. The new Vodafone services will mean that scooter customers can have a full dashboard of their vehicle’s status in regards to battery charge and journey range. There are also additional security alerts which will send a text message to the owner’s phone if the scooter is moved without authorisation.

NIU has already sold over 330,000 smart electric scooters worldwide. Vodafone’s global network, leadership in IoT and unmatched scale and scope was a natural fit to support NIU’s global ambitions.

“This is a truly exciting agreement and another great example of how Vodafone and our partners are redefining transportation around the world”, said Vodafone’s director of IoT Erik Brenneis. “Strong and reliable connectivity is critical in the global connected marketplace and vital for NIU’s success, as its seeks to provide peace of mind to its global customers and the ultimate ride experience for scooter users everywhere. Vodafone provides that trusted connectivity and more, in more places.”

NIU founder Token Hu added:

“Vodafone’s global coverage will allow us to easily move into new markets with as little friction as possible. This partnership allows NIU to reduce costs for global customers through lower data plans, while simultaneously building a robust connected device that is capable of connecting with global networks.”

NIU’s smart connected scooter also enables regular “Over the Air” updates of the vehicle software, enabling the company to constantly improve the performance of its scooters and the customer experience.

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Tech Data Announces Agreement with Vodafone to Offer IoT Connectivity Services in Europe

Tech Data Announces Agreement with Vodafone to Offer IoT Connectivity Services in Europe

Tech Data Announces Agreement with Vodafone to Offer IoT Connectivity Services in Europe

Tech Data today announced a pan-European agreement to offer managed Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity services from Vodafone, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies.

Through this agreement, resellers and systems integrators across Europe can access Vodafone’s value-added IoT services, which enable end customers to securely integrate and tailor IoT solutions into their businesses in segments such as manufacturing, logistics and transport, retail, or smart spaces.

Vodafone’s managed IoT connectivity services join Tech Data’s extensive IoT Solutions portfolio, comprising a range of best-of-breed, interoperable solutions, ranging from sensing devices and gateways at the edge of the network to data aggregation and analytics in the datacenter or the cloud, as well as augmented reality devices and smart displays for user interfaces.

Victor Paradell, vice president, IoT & Analytics Solutions at Tech Data, said:
“The agreement is a breakthrough as Tech Data is now able to offer a comprehensive, end-to-end Vodafone IoT connectivity solution across Europe. We’re excited to partner with Vodafone and help solution providers grow their businesses with new recurring revenue streams based on connectivity for IoT applications.”

“Interest in IoT is stronger than ever, enterprise investment is increasing, and so is the number of IoT connections. Tech Data is well positioned to support partners as this market accelerates.”

Tech Data’s offering includes IoT SIM-enabled devices, hardware and software that, in combination with Vodafone’s Managed IoT connectivity services, will allow reseller partners to provide complete IoT solutions to their customers. This will enable business outcomes such as remote monitoring and control for industrial operational applications, mobile asset tracking, fleet management, building security, network access and worldwide device management solutions.

Erik Brenneis, director of IoT, Vodafone, said: “Strong partnerships within the ecosystem are a significant driver to the continued growth of IoT. Tech Data’s strength in the SME and mid-market IoT segments across Europe will help to broaden the adoption and use of IoT.”

Tech Data will conduct a phased roll out of this offering, starting in the UK in the coming quarter and following up across the rest Europe during 2018.

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Device Authority and MultiTech sign agreement to secure IoT gateways and cellular routers

Device Authority and MultiTech sign agreement to secure IoT gateways and cellular routers

Device Authority and MultiTech Systems today announce their technology partnership, which introduces robust security options for customers utilizing MultiConnect Conduit IoT gateways and MultiConnect rCell 100 Series routers.

The partnership provides existing and future customers with access to Device Authority’s KeyScaler Platform including automated, secure gateway registration and provisioning, credential management (PKI Certificates and Passwords) and, in the future, encrypted data protection during data transfer between gateways and the cloud.

KeyScaler uses unique patented Dynamic Device Key Generation (DDKG) technology and provides a strong root of trust, securing the MultiTech Conduit gateways’ identity and offers an automated approach for registering and authenticating gateways to KeyScaler. Data is encrypted from the gateway, in transit and persists encrypted at rest, defined and controlled by customer policy.

“It is crucial to be able to trust the device and specifically our gateways and to provide additional IoT security services to our customers. Integrating Device Authority KeyScaler platform with our DeviceHQ device management service enables MultiTech with a new set of IoT security services to address the increasing IoT security concerns of our enterprise customers,” said Stefan Lindvall, CEO of MultiTech.

“Devices used in industrial IoT solutions across industry verticals must be secured from the cloud to the edge in remote locations over private or public networks. Device Authority’s KeyScaler platform addresses the security concerns that any industry would have by providing Identity and Access Management (IAM) for IoT devices.”

KeyScaler delivers automated provisioning, encryption and delivery of PKI certificates to each enabled device after device authentication. Through unique Automated Password Management technology, account passwords are automatically set and managed, including automatically changing default passwords.

“KeyScaler will be integrated as part of MultiTech DeviceHQ to deliver credential management to their deployed gateways”, said Darron Antill, CEO of Device Authority. “We’re delighted to formally progress our partnership and announce our 5-year contract with MultiTech, to continue solving IoT security challenges.”

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NetComm Wireless and Telefónica announce global IoT supply agreement

NetComm Wireless and Telefónica announce global IoT supply agreement

NetComm Wireless Limited and Telefónica today announced the signing of an IoT Device Supply Agreement.

The agreement further strengthens NetComm Wireless’ presence in the US and Europe; and offers new 3G/4G M2M/IoT capabilities for smart city, mobility, retail and energy applications across multiple geographies as Telefónica extends its IoT reach to over 2,500 enterprises worldwide.

Philip Micallef, General Manager M2M, NetComm Wireless:

“Telefónica is driving digital transformation on a global scale with a focus on IoT innovation and we are pleased to join Telefónica’s partner ecosystem as the need for smart remote communication between business assets and machines becomes ever more critical for enterprises globally.”

Both Telefónica and NetComm Wireless have received notable recognition for IoT innovation with NetComm Wireless having received the Australian communications industry’s highest accolade for IoT innovation, the IoT Innovator ACOMMS Award; while Telefónica appeared for the third year running in the “Leaders” quadrant of independent analyst firm Gartner Inc.’s report “Magic Quadrant for Managed Machine-to-Machine Services, Worldwide” published in October 2016.

Under the agreement, NetComm Wireless will supply a range of 3G/4G M2M/IoT devices including the 4G M2M Router (NTC-140); 3G M2M Router Series (NTC-6200) and its 3G Serial Modem (NTC-3000).

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