Avnet’s cloud platform, supported by Microsoft Azure, aims to facilitate rapid smart app and solution builds
Global technology distributor, Avnet, has introduced a cloud-based software platform and a portfolio of smart, market-ready connectivity solutions built around the platform in a bid to help organisations jump-start development of IoT-enabled systems and services.
Its scalable IoTConnect platform utilises Microsoft’s enterprise-grade Azure hybrid cloud computing service to enable the seamless distribution and analysis of data across cloud and on-premise systems.
According to Avnet, Azure’s security and connectivity protocols give IoTConnect users the flexibility to develop and deploy apps and solutions using their choice of tools, applications and frameworks.
Avnet will showcase the new platform and a selection of smart solutions at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, which runs from 9-12 January.
“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, vice president, Internet of Things, Avnet.
“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 leading suppliers across its comprehensive IoT partner ecosystem, Avnet has also developed a selection of smart, market-ready connectivity solutions that leverage the IoTConnect platform to tackle business challenges common to many industry verticals, including smart city, manufacturing, medical, environmental, construction, retail, and food processing.
These digital solutions – including smart building, smart factory, smart fleet management, smart office, smart asset monitoring – can be deployed out of the box or tailored to meet segment-specific requirements.
They combine advanced software capability with state-of-the-art silicon component technologies to transform real-time operational data into insightful information enabling more informed, strategic decision-making, said Avnet.
“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,” added Rodney Clark, vice president, IoT, 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.”
At CES 2018, Avnet will be exhibiting on booth 2609 at Tech East, Westgate.
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