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MultiTech joins IMC to promote industrial flexibility

Steve Rogerson
February 9, 2017

Wireless connectivity company MultiTech has joined the board of governors of the IoT M2M Council (IMC) as a sustaining member to promote the IoT. 

MultiTech provides a wide range of modems and other hardware, as well as cloud-based management products, for connecting devices in industrial settings. The IMC is the largest and fastest-growing trade group in the IoT sector, and already counts more than 20,000 enterprise users, OEMs and apps developers from around the world as rank-and-file members.

“By reaching out on a massive scale to those that buy IoT technology – hardware, software, connectivity and other services – the IMC is a unique organisation in the field,” said Sara Brown, senior director of marketing at MultiTech. “The group’s wide-ranging membership covers 24 different vertical markets that are actively deploying the technology, which makes it a perfect fit for our broad ranges.” 

MultiTech produces hardware for virtually every IoT application, and some of its more recent introductions include modems for purpose-built low-power networks and converters for allowing analogue modems to connect to cellular networks.

IMC members come from industries as far afield as automotive manufacturing, healthcare and construction management. The group gains 300 new members weekly by providing content streams that are vertical-market oriented, and its sustaining members get exclusive access to this community for purposes of demand generation, promotion, research and thought leadership. 

“We think the vertical-market approach taken by the IMC is a major reason for its success,” said Brown, “We like the fact that they talk to users in terms of their own market needs.”

MultiTech is expected to play an active role in some of the IMC’s proposed projects for 2017, including the development of business metrics and guidelines for the purchase of IoT products, as well as participating in focus groups of high-level IoT buyers.

The London-based IMC is the largest and fastest-growing trade group dedicated to the global IoT and M2M sector, with more than 20,000 members joining since February 2014. Board member companies include Aeris, AT&T, Digi, HPE, Ingenu, Inmarsat, Intel, Kore, MultiTech, Orbcomm, PTC, Semtech, Sigfox, Telit, Verizon, Vodafone and Wipro.