IoT.nxt partners with hardware giant Dell

Nico Steyn

By Kgaogelo Letsebe, Portals Journalist 28 March 2018

auteng-based Internet of things (IOT) technology innovator IOT.nxt has announced a strategic partnership with computing hardware giant Dell in a deal that will see the launch of ‘IOT in a box’- a solution that aims to fast track businesses’ ability to deploy IOT solutions into their operations.

IOT.nxt chief executive officer Nico Steyn the partnership is one that is mutually beneficial, “IOT.nxt’s edge IOT gateway, the Raptor, has been combined with Dell Gateway technology to develop what we call ‘IOT in a box’. It provides an off-the-shelf solution suitable for any company in any industry. With this solution companies can quickly see a return on investment and achieve digital scalability. It will allow them to fast-forward unlocking efficiencies and drive earnings.

“Dell is extremely specialised around hardware technology they have developed at the gateway level. This tech is also supported by Dell globally which means we have worldwide access for our product and we can leverage off the global support footprint as well. What IOT.nxt brings to the table is technology that allows us to quickly enable the gateway, the hardware. Additionally through our software, we allow it to get intelligence at the edge and to deploy into verticals in multiple industries and also have that same Dell box perform multiple functions as a result of our technology.”

Steyn adds that the ‘plug-in-and-play’ solution will be available to the mass market. “The association with the trusted international brand like Dell is also likely to drive rapid adoption as companies know that their implementation will be supported by the company’s vast offering.”

Ben Vernooij, IOT and embedded computing solutions lead for Dell EMC, adds that Dell has developed partnerships to help customers rapidly implement IOT solutions, which is exactly what the Dell Raptor will deliver. “Customers can now speed up their IOT projects and make sense of the volumes of data produced at the edge.”

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Is Centurion-based IoT.nxt Finally Ready to Take the World by Storm?

Is Centurion-based IoT.nxt Finally Ready to Take the World by Storm?

Gugu Lourie 27 March 2018

With a dedicated investor and a commitment to see a proudly South African firm conquer the world, IoT.nxt seems destined for greater things in the Internet of Everything market.

South African innovator in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, IoT.nxt has been trying to find its place in the global IoT space and CEO Nico Steyn says the company will remain proudly South African but “we are going to take our innovation to the world”.

Once an unknown business, it made headlines by getting R100 million from its dedicated investor and funding partner Talent Holdings, an investment holding company that has a philosophy based on partnering management, not dictating to them.

The investment firm – which is chaired by erstwhile CEO of Exxaro Resources, Sipho Nkosi – has done exactly that with its investment in IoT.nxt.

Fittingly enough, Talent Holdings had put money into IoT.nxt, and is seeing firsthand how giving management space to operate without interference could yield results.

What has the R100 million investment by Talent Holdings done so far for IoT.nxt?

The Centurion-based start-up is slowly morphing into a global player through its IoT device known as the Raptor, which allows for the migration of analogue devices and inputs into a digital platform, serving as a filter for big data and delivering cost savings and efficiencies to the client’s IoT ecosystem.

IoT.nxt now partners with global technology and computing hardware giant Dell to allow companies to rapidly digitise their business operations and make IoT solutions a reality.

The company will use Raptor in a box solution to provide companies with the ability to scale quickly as the Dell Raptor is already configured to be rolled out, yet comes with the support of Dell’s global network which offers warranties and superior service.

The IoT in a box will be distributed by Axiz, an industry leading value added distribution business that serves eight countries in Southern and East Africa.

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Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By Schalk Burger 27 March 2018

Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and industrial devices into a platform that businesses can immediately use.

Speaking at the launch of the device, in Midrand, on Monday, IoT.nxt CEO Nico Steyn said clients were able to achieve value from Raptor deployments within about a week, adding that the Raptor can manage any sensors and connected devices, whether wireless or wired, using industry standard protocols.

“Cloud computing in Africa is often hampered by poor connectivity, intermittent connectivity or a complete lack of connectivity. However, intelligent edge gateways, such as the Raptor, can manage the sensors and components of an IoT network without the need for the cloud and, in combination with the cloud, can provide an effective way for companies to conduct analytics on their operational data, regardless of the link to the site or sensor.

“The true value for industrial IoT will come from the edge [of the network],” Steyn noted.

IoT.nxt has conducted proof of value pilot trials with clients in the agriculture, manufacturing and mining sectors.

The launch was a live demonstration of setting up a Raptor, which involved the installation of the device, which functions as a network gateway and requires only power and network connectivity; the linking of a basic water sensor; and the creation of a visualisation field for the sensor’s output.

The intelligence of the “off-the-shelf” IoT edge device, a patented IoT.nxt technology called software-defined device integration (SDDI), is that it will auto-provision itself, will identify the components and sensors linked to it, even proprietary sensors and devices, and serve as a gateway to the rest of the industrial or business network.

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IoT.nxt pens strategic deal with Dell

26 March 2018

IoT.nxt and Dell have clinched a strategic partnership that aims to help companies rapidly digitalise their business operations and make IoT solutions a reality.

“IoT.nxt’s intelligent edge IoT gateway, the Raptor, has been combined with Dell Gateway technology and through this enable rapid digital transformation,” says Nico Steyn, CEO of IoT.nxt. “We call it ‘IoT in a box’ and it provides an off the shelf solution suitable for any company in any industry.

“With this solution, companies can quickly see a return on investment and achieve digital scalability. It will allow them to fast forward unlocking efficiencies and drive earnings.”

He explains that IoT is premised on the fact that almost limitless processing is available in the cloud – but, by necessity a lot of processing still has to happen at the edge, which is where Raptor comes in.

“Our first question was how can we take this technology to the mass market. Partnering with Dell and Axiz allows us to take the technology and scale.”

IoT.nxt has patented a technology called SDDI (software-defined device integration), that can extend the capability of gateway hardware to take complexity out of normalisation, security and maintenance.

“We are driving to put more intelligence to the edge; we put a fraction of the data created into the cloud. For an IoT operation, it is just not feasible to send all the data up.”

Ben Vernooij, IoT and embedded computing solutions lead at Dell EMC, says Dell has developed partnerships to help customers rapidly implement IoT solutions, and this what the Dell Raptor will deliver.

“Customers can now speed up their IoT projects and make sense of the volumes of data produced at the edge,” he says.

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SA’s IoT.nxt, Dell Partner to Make IoT Solutions a Reality

26 March 2018

A strategic partnership between South African innovator in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, IoT.nxt, and global technology and computing hardware giant Dell will allow companies to rapidly digitise their business operations and make IoT solutions a reality.

This partnership combines the superior, robust Dell engineering with IoT.nxt’s world-leading innovation in IoT technology – known for its exceptional interoperability features – and is expected to become the new standard at the edge.

“IoT.nxt’s intelligent edge IoT gateway, the Raptor™, has been combined with Dell Gateway technology and through this enable rapid digital transformation. We call it ‘IoT in a box’ and it provides an off the shelf solution suitable for any company in any industry,” says IoT.nxt CEO Nico Steyn.

“With this solution companies can quickly see a return on investment and achieve digital scalability. It will allow them to fast forward unlocking efficiencies and drive earnings.”

The association with the trusted international Dell brand is likely to drive rapid adoption as companies know that their implementation will be supported by the vast and established Dell support offering.

“This Raptor in a box solution gives companies the ability to scale quickly as the Dell Raptor™ is already configured to be rolled out, yet comes with the support of Dell’s global network which offers warranties and superior service,” Steyn adds.

The IoT in a box will be distributed by Axiz, an industry leading value added distribution business that serves eight countries in Southern and East Africa. “This is an innovative offering for industry and we expect strong demand in our distribution networks,” says Axiz Executive Terence Barter.

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Rapid digitisation now a reality

26 March 2018

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A strategic partnership between South African innovator in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, IoT.nxt, and global technology and computing hardware giant Dell will allow companies to rapidly digitise their business operations and make IoT solutions a reality.

“IoT.nxt’s intelligent edge IoT gateway, the Raptor™, has been combined with Dell Gateway technology and through this will enable rapid digital transformation. We call it ‘IoT in a box’ and it provides an off the shelf solution suitable for any company in any industry. With this solution companies can quickly see a return on investment and achieve digital scalability. It will allow them to fast forward unlocking efficiencies and drive earnings,” says IoT.nxt CEO Nico Steyn.

According to Ben Vernooij, IoT and Embedded Computing Solutions Lead for Dell EMC, Dell has developed partnerships to help customers rapidly implement IoT solutions, which is exactly what the Dell Raptor™ will deliver. “Customers can now speed up their IoT projects and make sense of the volumes of data produced at the edge,” he says.

This partnership combines the superior, robust Dell engineering with IoT.nxt’s world-leading innovation in IoT technology – known for its exceptional interoperability features – and is expected to become the new standard at the edge.

“This Raptor™ in a box solution gives companies the ability to scale quickly as the Dell Raptor™ is already configured to be rolled out, yet comes with the support of Dell’s global network which offers warranties and superior service,” Steyn adds.

The association with the trusted international Dell brand is likely to drive rapid adoption as companies know that their implementation will be supported by the vast and established Dell support offering.

The ‘IoT in a box’ offering will be distributed by Axiz, an industry leading value added distribution business that serves eight countries in Southern and East Africa. “This is an innovative offering for industry and we expect strong demand in our distribution networks,” says Axiz Executive Terence Barter.

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. The company opened the office in The Hague in September last year and executives explored expansion to the USA last year; expected to go ahead in the second half of this year.

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South Africa’s first IoT-driven plant to come online in 2018

South Africa’s first IoT-driven plant to come online in 2018

Vicky Sidler 14 March 2018

ELB Engineering Services and IoT.nxt are partnering to fully cover Sedibeng’s minerals processing plant with IoT systems – a first in South Africa.

The IoT-driven plant, which ELB is building for Sedibeng, is expected to come online in September 2018 and will incorporate the latest advances in big data analytics, image recognition, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to drive optimisation, cost savings, and safety within the plant.

“It’s no longer enough to merely supply equipment and services,” said ELB CEO Stephen Meijers. “The differentiator for companies of the future lies in the ability to generate and analyse data, and to use these findings to significantly improve operations, such as reducing power consumption without decreasing yield or managing the efficiency of employees.”

Meijers added that, following the completion of the processing plant, the IoT platform will be extended to the Sedibeng mine as well.

IoT will form part of one of the main areas of focus for ELB Intelligent Solutions, which has been established as a subsidiary of ELB Engineering Solutions. ELB Intelligent Solutions will also focus on exponential technologies that include artificial intelligence, robotics, and large-scale 3D printing.

“We are very fortunate to be the systems integration partner of IoT.nxt. This partnership is diversifying the knowhow of ELB into a different direction, while still being connected to the traditional minerals and metals business,” said Meijers.

“Considering the future growth of ELB as well as its business philosophies, this partnership is a perfect fit,” said Eric Croeser, IoT.nxt mining director of partnerships. “ELB has extensive industry knowledge and experience, and ELB Intelligent Solutions will offer best of breed technologies and knowledge to the mining industry.”

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ELB pulls South Africa into Fourth Industrial Revolution with IoT.nxt

ELB pulls South Africa into Fourth Industrial Revolution with IoT.nxt

By Simone Liedtke 13 March 2018

Johannesburg – JSE-listed ELB Engineering Services believes it can “leapfrog” South Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution by implementing Internet of Things (IoT) platforms at mineral processing plants.

The company aims to achieve this through an exclusive technology partnership with software developer IoT.nxt, which was signed at a media conference on Tuesday.

The starting point will be iron-ore miner Sedibeng’s dense media separation plant, which ELB is currently building.
This plant will be 100% overlayed with an IoT platform and will be the first of its kind in South Africa, ELB CE Stephen Meijers said, adding that recognition technology, including facial, vehicle and particle recognition technology, will be implemented and installed at the plant by about September this year.

Once this has been completed, ELB aims to roll out the IoT solution to the rest of the South African mining industry, which is looking for ways to mine more economically in response to the urgent need to create leaner operating environments and unlock efficiencies and cost savings. Owing to rising costs, mines have to do more with less.
IoT, Meijers enthused, has a significant role to play in achieving more cost-effective mining production and will positively impact plant efficiency and the bottom line.

Supporting this sentiment is IoT.nxt mining director of partnerships Eric Croeser, who believes that this platform can bring “deep technology knowledge to the mining industry”.

“We believe the partnership with ELB, from its deep industry knowledge and deep industry experience, and its business philosophies, is an absolute perfect match,” Croeser said at the media conference.

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10 South African startups leading innovation in IoT [Digital All Stars]

10 South African startups leading innovation in IoT

By Daniel Mpala on 12 March, 2018

Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others.

In two years time, experts predict that 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet. This convergence of devices physical objects — with sensors and software — and the internet, enabling them to transmit and receive data is known as the internet of things (IoT).

With IoT Forum Africa 2018 kicking off this week at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, we look at 10 South African Internet of Things (IoT) startups that are leading innovation in the field, and will likely usher the country into the fourth industrial revolution.

Sensor Networks

Cape Town-based IoT platform Sensor Networks was founded in 2015 by Mark Allewell. The company has its origins in Bluetooth trackers which helped users find lost items.

Sensor Networks has developed a web platform aimed at helping insurance companies reduce risk through integration with IoT sensors – all of which is built inhouse.

Last year Allewell said the startup secured “less than R10-million” in an equity funding deal from South African venture capital (VC) firm 4Di Capital — through its Exponential Ventures Fund.

IoT.nxt

Founded in 2015, this Pretoria-based startup focuses on delivering innovative IoT software and hardware solutions. IoT.nxt’s open platform network enables users of the platform to carry out rapid software development and integration.

The startup, which is led by co-founder and CEO Nico Steyn (pictured above), is the winner of the 2017 MTN Business IoT Award and is also a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platform.

Last month, the company — which opened an office in The Hague last year — as part of its ongoing expansion into Europe the startup secured a partnership with listed Dutch company ICT Group NV.

The startup reported last year that it had raised R100-million in funding from Talent Holdings.

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SA’s IoT.nxt secures partnership with listed Dutch group

SA’s IoT.nxt secures partnership with listed Dutch group

By Tom Jackson on March 6, 2018

The Pretoria-based IoT.nxt has developed a framework that moves business beyond islands of automation and towards a seamless horizontally and vertically integrated digital enterprise, and has been expanding in Europe after securing ZAR100 million (US$7.7 million) in funding last year.

The company opened an office in The Hague in December, where it had been engaging with different companies as it sought appropriate partners to help drive its entry into Europe, according to chief executive officer (CEO) Nico Steyn.

That partnership has now been signed with ICT Group, which is ranked in fifth place in the Computable 100, and has reached eighth place in the top 15 ICT service providers in the Netherlands.

“IoT.nxt’s hardware and software solutions in combination with ICT’s domain expertise in different industry verticals as well as the expert knowledge of cloud, machine learning, BI and IoT, will enable us – through this partnership – to completely shape the digital transformation journey of customers,” said Steyn.

Joe Bester, head of IoT.nxt’s Dutch office, said the ICT Group was an ideal partner as it is a leader in their field of expertise, and by partnering with them IoT.nxt would be able to drive business value for any company in any industry.

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Hackathons seek drought-prevention solutions

Hackathons seek drought-prevention solutions

By Kgaogelo Letsebe, Portals Journalist 5 March 2018

In the past months South Africa’s concerned citizens – in partnership with ICT business leaders and organisations – have been hosting hackathons in a desperate attempt to find viable technological solutions to the looming national water crisis.

Last week was no different, when global technology group Siemens SA hosted the inaugural two-day #DigihackAfrica2018 at Siemens Park in Midrand, Johannesburg, to identify reliable and efficient digital solutions to address Africa’s water and energy needs.

South Africa – particularly the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape regions – has been under a severe drought in the past months and the national government has declared it a national disaster. According to a statement released by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs last month, the government will “strengthen and support the disaster management structures to implement contingency plans and ensure that immediate relief, recovery and reconstruction measures are put in place to enable the national executive to effectively deal with the effects of this disaster”.

Siemens says hackathons have exited the elite territory of “tech gurus” and can include communities and social groups in various spheres to address Africa’s development needs.

“The event brought together 10 interdivisional teams from Siemens alongside IOT and digital industry experts from companies such as IBM, IoT.nxt, Atos and Wits University to work on ideas that have the potential to positively disrupt the IOT environment in Africa. Within the allotted two days, the teams, with all their hardware and software, developed working application prototypes and models, which demonstrated how their solutions will operate in a real life setting, along with some basic functionality,” explains Sabine Dall’Omo, chief executive at Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.

Team Siewasser – made up of a few Siemens employees as well as employees from local firm IoT.nxt – were crowned the winners for their decentralised intelligent water management system.

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