Avnet cloud-based platform jump-starts IoT development
January 9, 2018
At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, technology distributor Avnet announced its IoTConnect cloud-based software platform and a portfolio of smart, market-ready connectivity products built around the platform to help organisations jump-start development of IoT-enabled systems and services.
The platform uses Microsoft’s enterprise-grade Azure hybrid cloud computing service to enable the seamless distribution and analysis of data across cloud and on-premise systems. Azure’s security and connectivity protocols give IoTConnect users the flexibility to develop and deploy apps and services using their choice of tools, applications and frameworks.
“Avnet recognises that concerns such as security risk, unexpected downtime, low efficiency and information latency frequently hinder organisations’ ability to capture the full potential of digitisation,” said Lou Lutostanski, Avnet vice president. “IoTConnect, supported by Microsoft Azure, not only helps mitigate these risks, but enables enterprises to generate intelligence that will make their organisations more productive, secure and competitive in the digital age.”
In collaboration with 14 suppliers across its IoT partner ecosystem, Avnet has also developed a selection of smart, market-ready connectivity products that leverage the IoTConnect platform to tackle business challenges common to many industry verticals, including manufacturing, medical, environmental, construction, retail, food processing and smart city.
These digital applications – smart factory, smart asset monitoring, smart connected worker, smart building, smart healthcare, smart retail, smart office, smart fleet management and smart warehouse – can be deployed out of the box or tailored to meet segment-specific requirements. They combine software capability with silicon component technologies to transform real-time operational data into insightful information enabling more informed, strategic decision-making.
“Built on Azure services, Avnet’s versatile IoTConnect platform and its new smart industry solutions include powerful analytics, cognitive services, artificial intelligence and machine learning,” said Rodney Clark, vice president for IoT at Microsoft. “With these repeatable edge to cloud solutions both partners and customers will be able to take full advantage of the digital transformation opportunities IoT represents.”
The Avnet connected ecosystem, which includes Avnet.com, Hackster.io, Element14 and Hardware Studio, supports more than two million users driving IoT innovation around the world. Avnet is also a member of the IoT M2M Council (IMC), the largest and fastest-growing trade group dedicated to the IoT sector.
Following CES, Avnet will launch a series of customer training sessions to help simplify the complexity of building IoT products and services and scaling them for mass distribution.