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Partnership accelerates building automation in Canada

The Network-as-a-Service product will allow building operators and owners to securely deploy a wide range of services with the click of the mouse

 IoTium's NaaS platform will help to maximise the use of the IIoT in buildings
IoTium's NaaS platform will help to maximise the use of the IIoT in buildings

IoTium, which claims to be the first secure network infrastructure company for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has expanded its presence in Canada.


It has formed a strategic distribution alliance with Yorkland Controls, a leading provider of control systems and solutions headquartered in Ontario, and hopes to accelerate the take-up of the IIoT in the building automation systems (BAS) market.


Yorkland Controls will offer the IoTium Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) solution as part of its complete portfolio of BAS products, enabling customers to remotely and securely connect multiple commercial buildings with an array of subsystems to the full range of applications that reside in public, private and hybrid clouds or data centres.


Ron Victor, founder and CEO of IoTium, believes this will help to overcome the complexities involved in securely connecting buildings at large-scale due to inherent network infrastructure requirements. “IoTium provides a simple approach to address deployment and security complexities for buildings of tomorrow.


“This partnership will help increase IIoT adoption by enabling analytics, preventative maintenance and greater production efficiency in a secure manner for Yorkland’s customers.


“They’ll have complete visibility of their building automation network, allowing them to identify connected assets and ensure everything on the network is authorised to be there.


The IoTium NaaS solution enables Yorkland’s customers to gain unprecedented insights into the performance of their buildings without the need for costly truck-rolls, cumbersome usernames and passwords, or changes to existing enterprise IT firewall and proxy policies.


“The Canadian building automation market is eager to embrace the benefits of IIoT but has been slowed by concerns related to security and deployment complexities,” said Gerry Cellucci, vice president of Yorkland Controls.


“By adding the IoTium NaaS solution to our product portfolio, we’re enabling our customers and partners to overcome the barriers to IIoT adoption and securely deploy and manage a wide range of services for diverse building automation systems with the single click of a mouse. This will radically transform the way our customers do business.”


Industry analyst firm IDC estimates that the overall Canadian IoT market will be worth more than USD $4.9 billion in 2018. However, according to a Genpact Research Institute study, adoption has been hinged by security concerns and questions about IIoT integration with legacy systems. Adding to this is the fact that cloud computing infrastructure wasn’t fully realised in Canada until 2016, while it had been widely available in other countries for multiple years.


To compete on a global scale, IIoT solutions must be more broadly available within Canada, a problem which IoTium and Yorkland aim to solve for the Canadian building automation market with the agreement.


“This alliance with Yorkland Controls gives us a direct line to support their customer base in adopting next generation building automation technologies,” said Victor, who adds that IIoT adoption in the building automation market is critical to the success of the smart cities movement as a whole.


“Not only for the financial benefits it offers, but for the increase in productivity it brings and so much more. Eventually, I see every city in the world becoming connected with IIoT."


Since the beginning of this year, IoTium has added a slew of new customers in the building automation space. It offers a unique and completely secure, scalable and extensible open network infrastructure platform so that anyone can connect any device, using any gateway and any physical network, from any operator to any cloud and any application and be guaranteed the security of their data.


It allows those in the building automation industry to capture the financial benefits of IIoT while significantly reducing cyber-attack risks.


The IoTium NaaS solution is immediately available to Yorkland Controls’ customers and partners.


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