Three SA companies open offices in The Hague

Three SA companies open offices in The Hague

Cape Town legaltech startup NuvaLaw yesterday signed an agreement with The Hague Business Agency and other Dutch authorities to set up in Leiden, The Netherlands to initially partner with large insurance companies in the European country, especially in The Hague and Leiden.

The startup is one of three South African companies that will open offices in The Hague region, the Hague Business Agency said in a press release.

It follows an agreement signed yesterday by the three companies — Hystead Limited, IoT.nxt, and NuvaLaw — with the City of The Hague, The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), The Hague Business Agency, and InnovationQuarter in Cape Town.

Founded in Cape Town in 2016, NuvaLaw creates inter-party negotiation and adjudication platforms that bring together smart technology, processes, and services to reduce the time and cost of legal information exchange and dispute settlement. The startup is currently focused on reducing inter-party costs between insurers.

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Interoperability at the edge not a challenge says SA IoT innovator

Interoperability at the edge not a challenge

MEDIA STATEMENT

28 November 2017

Overcoming the hurdle of retrofitting into existing infrastructure and creating system and device interoperability at the edge is a key differentiator that has contributed significantly to the strong growth of the past two years of South African innovator in Internet of Things technology and strategy, IoT.nxt.

This full end-to-end IoT stack innovation combined with IoT.nxt’s unique capabilities Edge software stack and device the Raptor™ will be showcased when the company exhibits at the IoT Tech Expo North America, which starts on 29 November 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

US based technology news website, Light Reading, noted in a report following the Mobile Edge Computing Congress hosted in Berlin in September, that interoperability at the edge remains a concern for many companies. According to the website’s article the proliferation of groups tackling the edge-computing challenge has exacerbated concern about fragmentation and the risk that incompatible technologies and techniques will begin to appear.

“We believe that the edge will rise to the same prominence as the cloud in the months ahead. Data coming from the edge will solve many challenges so many companies have struggled to overcome. We have also built a custom, fully integrated stack from the edge to the cloud and back; which we believe is currently unique in global IoT development. Talking our innovation to a massive trade show and conference in the USA is a big step forward in our committed plan to expand IoT.nxt to that market, following successful expansion in Europe earlier this year,” says Gareth Rees, Director Global Partnerships at IoT.nxt and team leader for the company’s participation at IoT Tech Expo.

IoT.nxt’s participation at this global event was made possible after the company was crowned the overall winner at the 2017 MTN Business IoT Award event hosted in Sandton earlier this year. As part of the prizes awarded, IoT.nxt was afforded the opportunity to present its technology at an international IoT event.

The North American Expo is part of the world’s largest IoT event series and runs with the 2017 Blockchain Expo and the 2017 AI Expo North America. Speakers include luminaries like Lionel Chocron, Vice President Industry and IoT solutions at Oracle, Maciej Kranz, Vice President Strategic Innovation at Cisco, as well as experts from global giants like Shell, Toyota, Visa, Mastercard, ON Semiconductor and many more.

Rees will be joined by Bertus Jacobs CTO, Rudi du Toit head of research and development for the Raptor™ and Michiel du Toit, head of the IoT.nxt platform.

 

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Interoperability at the Edge not a Challenge: IoT.nxt

Interoperability at the Edge not a Challenge: IoT.nxt

28 November 2017

IoT.nxt’s unique capabilities Edge software stack and device the Raptor™ will be showcased when the company exhibits at the IoT Tech Expo North America, which starts on 29 November 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

Overcoming the hurdle of retrofitting into existing infrastructure and creating system and device interoperability at the edge is a key differentiator that has contributed significantly to the strong growth of the past two years of South African innovator in Internet of Things technology and strategy, IoT.nxt.

This full end-to-end IoT stack innovation combined with IoT.nxt’s unique capabilities Edge software stack and device the Raptor™ will be showcased when the company exhibits at the IoT Tech Expo North America, which starts on 29 November 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

US based technology news website, Light Reading, noted in a report following the Mobile Edge Computing Congress hosted in Berlin in September, that interoperability at the edge remains a concern for many companies. According to the website’s article the proliferation of groups tackling the edge-computing challenge has exacerbated concern about fragmentation and the risk that incompatible technologies and techniques will begin to appear.

“We believe that the edge will rise to the same prominence as the cloud in the months ahead. Data coming from the edge will solve many challenges so many companies have struggled to overcome. We have also built a custom fully integrated stack from the edge to the cloud and back; which we believe is currently unique in global IoT development,” says Gareth Rees, Director Global Partnerships at IoT.nxt and team leader for the company’s participation at IoT Tech Expo.

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SA companies ready to implement IoT strategies

IT in Manufacturing December 2017

Three quarters of SA companies plan to implement IoT strategies in the near future, with 33% saying they have plans to start a strategy in the next six months and 40% planning to start in the next year or two.

This is one of the key findings of a IoT survey conducted by IoT.nxt on technology and IT web platform ITWeb.

“This shows that understanding of the value of implementing IoT strategies and how this can unlock business value and drive efficiencies has grown dramatically in the past two years,” says IoT.nxt CEO, Nico Steyn. “We have experienced rapid growth in interest in what IoT can deliver in the past year and many companies we engaged with fast-tracked their plans once they realise how using IoT can address business challenges.”

Biggest benefit in operations

The survey showed that respondents expected to see the biggest benefit in operations, as 54% of companies indicated this as the business unit most likely to benefit most from IoT according to their understanding. In second place, with 20% of responses, was that using IoT will benefit the company’s executive committee and its strategic guidance for the business.

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Nico Steyn: An IOT pioneer

Staff Writer ITWeb
Johannesburg, 8 November 2017

Nico Steyn, co-founder and CEO of IoT.nxt, attributes much of his company’s success to good fortune, timing and an amzing team that has played in its favour.  “What started off as an integration exercise, led us to where we are today.”

He has always seen great potential in IT, and has had a varied career, building up and selling CCS Software a successful retail software business, and then joining the corporate world as MD of Datanet and Pinnacle Africa Gauteng, till in conjunction with IoT.nxt co-founders he saw an opportunity to become a pioneer in the industrial IoT sector.

Up until recently most of the rhetoric has been around big data, the cloud and smart sensors. “Our first IoT exercise we were required to not only integrate and retrofit but also to be able to have these devices intelligently interact. What we have developed is unique from that perspective.” As it stands we see more and more migrating into the edge and gence we maintain that the Edge is eating the Cloud.

In reality, he says there are very few IoT platforms that allow businesses to be truly technology agnostic, and to retrofit and allow them to leverage not just intelligence in the cloud, but to bring in a layer of intelligence close to the edge.

Currently, Steyn says more than 90% of what is currently deployed in the world is unconnected, and this is where IoT.nxt comes in as the underpin to digitization is getting everything in the ecosystem connected, existing as well as new.

“There are a lot of our industries under pressure, mining, manufacturing and using yesterday’s solutions for today’s challenges is destined for extinction. You must be innovative, you have to do things differently, and embrace technology that can take businesses back from marginal into profit, that is game changing, not just for the business, but for the people. We don’t just make money for the shareholders, we save jobs.”

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SA IoT start-up could see global expansion into the US

2017-11-08  – Kyle Venktess
Johannesburg – South African start-up IoT.nxt is aiming to further its global expansion into the US.

IoT.nxt CEO Nico Steyn and its chairperson, Wayne Fitzjohn, recently visited the US to introduce the IoT.nxt solution to possible partners.

Fitzjohn told Fin24 that the visit was a success and the Pretoria-based firm could soon partner with tech companies for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

IoT.nxt uses its secure field gateway device dubbed the “Raptor” which is interoperable with various input and output devices on the edge of networks.

A practical application of the tech could connect a company’s air conditioners, lifts, alarm systems and conveyor belts to the internet of things.

Subsequently, a company can then react faster when incidents occur and possibly save on costs.

Fitzjohn ‎told Fin24 that the company was strategically planning its next move to deal with providing unique solutions to companies abroad.

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IoT.nxt in select company at IITPSA awards

8 November 2017

Visionary leadership that drives business transformation and innovation in the South African IT industry will be celebrated tonight at the annual award event of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals of SA (IITPSA).

IoT.nxt CEO, Nico Steyn, is in the select company of executives from leading companies in the industry as a nominee for the prestigious IT Personality of the Year award. The award recognises a person who has made an outstanding impact on the SA ICT industry over the past year and a significant contribution to the IT profession.

“The variety of companies and industries represented through the nominees is testament to the vibrancy of the IT and broader technology industry in South Africa and shows that the country is at the level, and in some instances ahead, of international counterparts. IoT.nxt has achieved incredible growth since its establishment at the end of 2015 and the nomination for Nico Steyn is validation of the impact the company has had in Internet of Things technology and strategy,” says IoT.nxt Chairman, Wayne Fitzjohn.

Apart from Steyn the nominees list includes respected professionals including Annette Muller, founder of on-demand workforce platform Flexy and DotNXT; Baratang Miya, founder of GirlHype Coders Academy; Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU South Africa; Sashi Hansjee, CEO of Entelect; Mixo Ngoveni, founder of Geekculcha; Reshaad Sha, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Director of Dark Fibre Africa and CEO of IoT network Sqwidnet; Yvonne Thobile Mabuza, founder of Elangeni Consulting Services and Jaco Maass, Senior Manager ICT at BKB.

The finalists were evaluated by a nine-member industry panel to select the winner. Well-known industry leaders like Prof Helena Barnard of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Neville Willemse, Senior Managing Partner Gartner South Africa, Ulandi Exner, President of IITPSA and Tony Parry, CEO of IITPSA served on the judging panel.

Sbu Shabalala, CEO of AdaptIT, was the IT Personality of the Year in 2016.

IoT.nxt is the winner of the 2017 MTN Business IoT Award, a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platform and was selected as one of six aspiring innovators in SA ahead of the 2016 Gartner ITXpo and Symposium hosted in Cape Town.

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SA IoT innovator to introduce its solutions at US IoT expo

 

Award-winning South African Internet of Things company IoT.nxt will introduce the USA tech market to its ground-breaking technology and solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things at the IoT Tech Expo North America, to be presented from 29 November 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Centre, Silicon Valley.

“We are excited to attend the event to bring our world-leading technology and platform solution to the US market. Recent trips to the US have validated our cutting-edge approach to our seamless edge device interoperability and ability to retrofit onto any existing equipment, coupled with powerful edge data processing and secure two-way messaging to the cloud,” says Gareth Rees, Director of Partnerships: Global at IoT.nxt and team leader for the company’s participation at the expo.

Rees will be joined by Bertus Jacobs CTO, Rudi du Toit head of research and development for the IoT.nxt field gateway device known as Raptor™ and Michiel du Toit, head of the IoT.nxt platform to present IoT.nxt’s software and hardware offering that allows companies to implement IoT solutions without having to replace existing infrastructure or implement completely new software. “We have pioneered an agile, application agnostic platform that leverages off the core principles of the Internet of Things. We have bridged the challenges of big data and the end-to-end data flow of this data from edge to ERP,” Rees says.

IoT.nxt’s participation at this global event was made possible after the company was crowned the overall winner at the 2017 MTN Business IoT Award event hosted in Sandton earlier this year. As part of the prizes awarded, IoT.nxt was afforded the opportunity to present its technology at an international IoT event.

The North American Expo is part of the world’s largest IoT event series and runs with the 2017 Blockchain Expo and the 2017 AI Expo North America. Speakers include luminaries like Lionel Chocron, Vice President Industry and IoT solutions at Oracle, Maciej Kranz, Vice President Strategic Innovation at Cisco, as well as experts from global giants like Shell, Toyota, Visa, Mastercard, ON Semiconductor and many more.

IoT.nxt opened its first international office in The Hague in The Netherlands in September and has its sights set on the US market. CEO, Nico Steyn and Chairman, Wayne Fitzjohn visited several large companies in the States to explore possibilities, and they have reported that the feedback has been tremendous and validates the value of IoT.nxt’s offering.

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Daleen van Wyk Media Liaison Tel: +27 83 302 0827 Email: [email protected]

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IoT.nxt to Introduce its Solutions at US IoT Expo

Gareth Rees Photo

Goo Gou Lourie 7 November 2017

IoT.nxt announced on Tuesday it will introduce the USA tech market to its ground-breaking technology and solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things at the IoT Tech Expo North America, to be presented from 29 November 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Centre, Silicon Valley.

“We are excited to attend the event to bring our world-leading technology and platform solution to the US market. Recent trips to the US have validated our cutting-edge approach to our seamless edge device interoperability and ability to retrofit onto any existing equipment, coupled with powerful edge data processing and secure two-way messaging to the cloud,” says Gareth Rees, Director of Partnerships: Global at IoT.nxt and team leader for the company’s participation at the expo.

Rees will be joined by Bertus Jacobs CTO, Rudi du Toit head of research and development for the IoT.nxt field gateway device known as Raptor™ and Michiel du Toit, head of the IoT.nxt platform to present IoT.nxt’s software and hardware offering that allows companies to implement IoT solutions without having to replace existing infrastructure or implement completely new software.

“We have pioneered an agile, application agnostic platform that leverages off the core principles of the Internet of Things. We have bridged the challenges of big data and the end-to-end data flow of this data from edge to ERP,” Rees says.

IoT.nxt’s participation at this global event was made possible after the company was crowned the overall winner at the 2017 MTN Business IoT Award event hosted in Sandton earlier this year. As part of the prizes awarded, IoT.nxt was afforded the opportunity to present its technology at an international IoT event.

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Imagination is the only limit

Imagination is the only limit

Working with computers has been seen as something cool since the very first machine made its way into consumer homes. Many of us remember the exhilaration and excitement of starting up our first real power machine, our very first Pentium processor with a staggering 4 MB RAM and a dial up internet cable offering us the world wide web at 20kbps. Aaah, the good old days.

Moore’s Law taught us that every two years processing power would double. That’s until Moore was disrupted by the previously unimaginable innovation of the digital world.

We have all seen Terminator and Skynet and the machines that will come back from the future to try and destroy us. This is probably why those who fear AI try and convice Joe public about the dangers of something that is inevitable. By inevitable we mean the congruence of machine learning and AI with integrated and interoperable systems, not being destroyed by angry robots!

But where are we really? What is it like working at a place as innovative as IoT.nxt. After all, IoT.nxt is a global leader in IoT technology in the industrial space. How does the company maintain this position? By constantly innovating. As IoT.nxt CEO Nico Steyn told IIoT World recently, being comfortable and resting on your laurels for just a moment will lead to you being overtaken.

It is with this in mind that we decided to speak to Juan Bothma, a software developer with the envious task of playing for his day job. Juan sits on the cusp of all things exciting. Often he can be seen wondering in his own world with his Virtual Reality headset, interacting with knobs and levers  – and, for all we know, fighting off dinosaurs and aliens too.

What is it like innovating with technology that IoT.nxt is integrating into real-world IIoT applications both now and in the very near future? Is it really as exciting as it looks?

The answer is a resounding “yes”!

Everyday is a challenge, but an exciting one. Working on technology that not everyone gets to play with and experience themselves puts me in a very fortunate and grateful position. You get to learn new things every day, not just about the technologies but also about yourself. Allowing yourself not to be put in a box is one of the best things you can do for your brain as it generates thousands of awesome ideas everyday, says Juan.

Taming the beast

Some of the ideas I have implemented and experimented with myself include a robot arm which looks at you as you walk around the room. In the early days of this prototype I was convinced the robot arm grew a personality as it has tried to escape, clawing itself away from me, hissing at certain colleagues of mine! But it is safe to say that I have finally tamed the beast.

Entering another, yet the same, realm

Other technologies include working with the HoloLens, a mixed reality headset which merges the user around holograms. So the first thing we did was map everyone’s desk with mythical creatures and an item to match their personality. Of course they can not see it, but as the headset wearer – while looking up from your desk – seeing an augmented / holographic unicorn where your colleague sits is quiet entertaining! Some more practical applications include scanning the office into a 3D model and then overlaying our IoT sensor information within this model to gain real-time information of our office in a 3D hologram which we can look at any time and any place.

Want to see what is happening in the board room? No problem, touch the 3D camera icon in the hologram and a magic window appears out of nowhere displaying the video feed of the actual location.

Imagination is the only limit

Working with innovation is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle and thought process. From augmented reality to robot arms to making a AI bot which orders you coffee and opens doors. Creativity and imagination is the only limit here!