Tech Data expands IoT offering with relayr agreement

Tech Data's Technology Solutions business, formerly a division of Avnet, has signed a new agreement with Berlin-based IoT solutions provider relayr to supply its IoT middleware platform to partners across EMEA. The announcement expands the agreement that Technology Solutions announced with relayr in the US in November 2016.

Amscreen expands IoT partnership with Vodafone

Manufacturer of digital screens Amscreen has extended its partnership with Vodafone UK for IoT connectivity management.

The new 36 month agreement sees Amscreen expand its collaboration with Vodafone as it develops its Smart Cities solutions and explores the use of digital screen infrastructure to capture and analyse city information at street level.

Avnet builds collaborative IoT ecosystem

Avnet is gearing up to host a ‘Monetising IoT event' on 25th January in partnership with Cisco, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM and Informatica.

Avnet sees its role as supporting and bringing partners and vendors together, as any single organisation is unlikely to have the skills and portfolio necessary to create an IoT solution from edge to enterprise.

IoT connected devices to triple by 2021

IoT devices, sensors and actuators will reach over 46 billion in 2021, according to Juniper Research, representing a 200% increase from 2016 driven in large part by a reduction in the unit costs of hardware.

Juniper forecasts that it will average close to the ‘magic' $1 throughout the period.

Zest4 set to launch vehicle telematics solutions

Zest4's M2M channel expansion strategy is set to enter a new phase when the firm rolls out a range of end-of-end solutions, kicking off with a vehicle telematics offering that, according to the company, is not currently available to partners via any other UK provider.

Bamboo unlocks M2M channel potential

Bamboo Technology Group's M2M channel business is booming with a growing posse of reseller partners embracing its M2M proposition.

M2M was first introduced to Bamboo's Total Partner Programme in October last year and since January 2016 the firm has witnessed 31% average month-on-month growth in connected M2M devices and 71% average month-on-month growth in data volume.

IBM invests $200m in Watson IoT's Munich HQ

IBM say it is investing $200m in Watson IoT's Munich HQ based on rising demand for solutions blending IoT and AI technologies.

Globally, this is part of a $3bn overall investment to integrate Watson technology with IoT projects.

LPWANs set to unlock IoT potential

LPWANs (Low Power Wide Area Networks) are set to drive UK IoT growth according to Beecham Research. The company is backing the Digital Catapult ‘Things Connected' open IoT initiative that aims to jump-start the LPWAN ecosystem by lowering barriers for technology access, innovation and application development.

LTE to dominate M2M market post-2021

Cellular M2M connections (not including NB-IoT) will reach 733 million globally by 2021, according to Ovum's latest report, 'Cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Forecasts: 2016-21', which also predicts that total cellular M2M service revenues will reach a global annual total of $67bn in 2021.

BullGuard bags IoT security specialist

BullGuard, a European consumer security company, has bought Dojo Labs, a specialist in IoT security. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

M2M: It’s decision time says Comms365 chief

Decisive and dynamic action should be the channel's only response to the fizzing M2M market, according to Comms365 Managing Director Mike Van Bunnens.

IoT technologies 'go mainstream' says Vodafone

IoT spending is on the up, driven by the promise of significant RoI and business transformation benefits, according to Vodafone's fourth annual IoT Barometer Report that found 89% of companies investing in IoT have increased their budgets over the last 12 months; while 76% believe that taking advantage of IoT technologies will be critical for the future success of any organisation.

Smart farming in growth mode

Smart farming is not just for large farms and research centres, but is starting to impact small and medium-sized farms, says Beecham Research, an IoT analyst and research firm that looks closely at the agriculture sector.

IoT industry needs to focus more on demand

The Internet of Things industry is confusing need with demand according to Mischa Dohler, Professor King's College London and Co-founder of Worldsensing.

"People don't care about smart homes and smart cities, they care about better healthcare and less congestion," said Dohler.

oneM2M welcomes CEN and CENELEC as new partners

oneM2M, the global standards initiative for M2M and the IoT, has welcomed two new partners - CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation, and CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation.

As contributing Type 2 partners, both CEN and CENELEC can now influence oneM2M specifications and help raise awareness of oneM2M in the industry.

Comms365 appoints IoT and wireless big hitters

Comms365 has appointed Nick Sacke as Head of IoT & Products and Situl Shah as Head of Business Development in a push to drive IoT solutions via partners. They bring 45-plus years joint experience including expertise in developing and implementing IoT, M2M, wireless, IT security and managed ICT solutions.

Arrow to distribute Connect One in Europe

Privately-owned Israeli firm Connect One has done a deal with distributor Arrow Electronics for the distribution of its IoT products in Europe.

There has been a 15-year distribution relationship between Arrow Electronics and Connect One in the North American market.

Pangea and Solar Log sign global smart metering partnership

Monitoring company Solar-Log is to provide its customers with GPRS connectivity in the 85 countries it services by using the Global M2M network provided by Pangea.

Pangea provides M2M connectivity in over 200 countries across 400 networks.

For the last decade NWT Solar, a division of NWT Energy, has been developing solar power plant solutions across Europe

24 Seven rolls out enhanced M2M connectivity service

Leeds-based 24 Seven is providing connectivity for the M2M and IoT market having linked up with the main networks and leveraging its own national roaming solution.

IoT moves beyond hype, states IT Europa white paper

Having been a buzzword for a few years, 2016 could see the emergence of recognisable real solutions using IoT, and an engagement by the wider market and IT channel.

IoT is linked to other emerging trends such as big data, and has a primary relationship with both cloud, and naturally, security.