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Aeris CTO Hosain elected chairman of IMC

Steve Rogerson
December 19, 2017



Syed Zaeem "Z" Hosain (pictured), a founder and the chief technical officer at Aeris, has been named the new chairman of the IoT M2M Council (IMC). With more than 25,000 members worldwide, covering 24 different vertical-market sectors, the IMC is the largest and fastest-growing trade organisation serving the IoT industry.
 
Announced as chairman at the IMC’s recent annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, Hosain has been with Aeris since 1996, when the company was founded, and has more than 38 years of experience in the semiconductor, telecommunications and computer industries. He has held leadership positions for several industry associations and technical standards bodies, and is the author of the book: "The Definitive Guide: The Internet of Things for Business."
 
"By reaching out to buyers of IoT technology on such a large scale, the IMC can provide solutions providers with a natural platform to promote their products and services, and also learn about enterprise users and OEMs that are deploying the technology," said Hosain. “For example, we have data that show a plurality of them self-identify as ‘operations' – not 'IT' or 'R&D' – and now we're digging deeper, and tracking if there are movements in these categories.”
 
To cultivate interaction between buyers and sellers in the IoT sector, the IMC has recently introduced a number of programmes, including a software widget survey-tool that tests a user's readiness for IoT deployments and a template RFP programme for its members that are interested in sourcing IoT software platforms.
 
The group has also been named as the exclusive organiser of the Consumer Electronics Show's (CES) new area dedicated to IoT infrastructure – more than 600 square metres of exhibition space has already been booked for the January 2018 event in Las Vegas.
 
"This is the first time CES will host a dedicated IoT area of this kind, and it's a major achievement for the IMC," said Hosain. “Our IMC mission is about bringing buyers and sellers together, and CES attracts tens of thousands of OEMs from markets that are crucial to the IoT.”
 
The London-based IMC is the largest and fastest-growing trade group dedicated to the global IoT and M2M sector. Founded in February 2014, the IMC’s board member companies include Aeris, Arrow, Avnet, Digi International, HPE, Ingenu, Inmarsat, Intel, Kore, Laird, MultiTech, Orbcomm, PTC, Re-Teck, Semtech, Sigfox, Teleena, Telit, U-Blox, Verizon and Vodafone.
 
Aeris has a proven history of helping companies unlock the value of IoT. For more than a decade, it has powered critical projects for some of the most demanding customers of IoT services. It strives to improve businesses by reducing costs, accelerating time to market and enabling new revenue streams.
 
Built from the ground up for IoT and road tested at scale, Aeris IoT services are based on what is said to be the broadest technology stack in the industry, spanning connectivity up to vertical implementations.