International award for IoT.nxt’s V-Raptor

Leading Internet of Things (IoT) company IoT.nxt’s innovative virtual gateway V-Raptor has been selected as the winner of the Enterprise IoT Management Innovation category in the annual IoT Breakthrough Awards program this month. V-Raptor received the honours in the Enterprise IoT Management Innovation category.

More than 3,800 companies entered for the 2022 awards and category winners include IoT.nxt parent company Vodafone that was awarded the Breakthrough Award in the category Health and Wellness for the IoT Health and Wellness Product of the Year.

“V-Raptor was developed for an IoT deployment of significant scale that presented the need for a virtual gateway. An IoT aggregation layer was needed that could be deployed closer to the IoT devices inside a customer’s network to ensure a high degree of security while providing a way to send high-velocity data to our IoT platform Commander in the cloud,” says André Jacobs, Chief of Product Engineering at IoT.nxt.

“Because it is a virtual and not a physical device, it fits with our strategic goal to drive sustainability through technology. The V-Raptor is now deployed to different customers across the globe. Contributing to its success is the fact that V-Raptor enables IoT devices to be deployed, configured, and monitored at scale, acting as a load-balancer, and extra security layer for edge devices while handling distribution of various components like drivers, protocols, firmware, and security patches,” Jacobs says.

V-Raptor allows companies to deploy an IoT gateway on premises in their own data centre where it sits close to their IoT devices for maximum security.  Alternatively, they can choose to run in the cloud. It can be deployed on a wide variety of hardware ranging from entry-level servers to large-multi node clusters.

“Another benefit is that it allows for the launch of IoT offerings in a very short time,” Jacobs adds.

Other leading companies that won categories in the 2022 Breakthrough award include Cisco, Bosch, NETGEAR, Verizon and Sony.

V-Raptor also won the category Research and Development or new Launch in the IoT Global Awards announced in November last year.

Advannotech announced as IoT.nxt partner of the year

Internet of Things (IoT) innovator IoT.nxt announced Advannotech, a leading provider of integrated technology and enterprise management solutions that includes multi-disciplinary professional services to public and private entities, as its partner of the year for 2021.

“The experience with Advannotech has been unique. They’ve become part of our extended family and their work ethic has solidified them as partner of choice for IoT deployments. The company’s dedication has resulted in it achieving significant success in a short time frame,” says Richmond Nkambule, Customer Success Manager at IoT.nxt.

IoT.nxt and Advannotech partnered on a range of noteworthy projects, including:

Hospital in South Africa

A public hospital had a to need improve their patient journey and experience. This was achieved through digitization. Specifically, queueing management, transfer of patient information across various hospital departments, and the adequate allocation of resources to service patients. A Smart Hospital & Queue Management System was implemented for these hospitals to improve overall service delivery at this level.​

Water metering for a municipality

A municipality had a need to ensure efficient revenue management. In this case it was tax base verification against customer database management. Ultimately customer service management was implemented for the municipality to maximize total budgeted and potential income. As taxes and tariffs, customer arrears, poor metering, unreliable customer information, faulty billing and invoicing systems affect the overall viability of municipalities, this municipality chose to digitize their processes with a digital metering solution.​

Local refuse client

​The customer required an integrated security systems platform which entailed, access control, thermal temp screening, time and attendance, CCTV & push to talk systems. Further to this, License Plate Recognition (LPR) Technology provided added security enhancements by supporting the logging of camera diagnostics, ensuring all events with triggered alarms due to a security breach has a timestamp.​

Nkambule notes that establishing strong partnerships has been a key driver of IoT.nxt’s success since its establishment in late 2015. “We will continue our partnership approach and are encouraged by the support we receive from our diverse partnership network,” he says.

Senior executive appointed to accelerate IoT.nxt US expansion

As activity in the US picks up pace, IoT.nxt, a subsidiary of Vodafone, has appointed Trevor DeLew as Vice President of Sales for North America. DeLew is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in the technology sector.

“Trevor has 30 years of experience in Enterprise Software Sales and Sales Leadership. I am confident that his command of the sales and marketing process will give new impetus to our US operation. He will be based on the east coast (Washington DC) and will have an immediate and positive impact our growing partnership with Vodafone,” says Eric Steller, President of the Americas at IoT.nxt , appointed in September this year.

According to DeLew there are many industries to target in the US, notably the Federal Government and its eco system. “The US government is the largest landlord in the US and can benefit hugely from the disruptive solution IoT.nxt can provide. The government has published several IoT goals for its different agencies. This will allow us to identify opportunities for the IoT.nxt smart buildings, asset tracking, and energy efficiency solutions, to name a few,” DeLew says.

He adds that IoT.nxt’s technology agnostic solution and the fact that the introduction of its platform requires no new hardware purchases will be of particular interest. “We will identify new partners to work with us to engage both the private sector opportunities that abound as well as well as new markets like the US government and its agencies. The opportunity is vast.”

Prior to joining IoT.nxt DeLew was Vice President of Secure Cloud Sales at SAP where he Increased customer acquisitions for the Commercial Regulated Environment from 1 in 2019 to 13 in 2020 and achieved 2020 bookings of 15 million. He also served as Vice President of Federal at Qualtrics where he founded the Federal Government business and grew to over $30 million across 160 customers and agencies. He has experience of government projects obtained during the earlier part of his career at Parametric Technology Corporation where he managed the US Army and Raytheon accounts and worked with Federal, Aerospace, & Defence technical resources agencies.

DeLew obtained a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Intermodalism, obtained at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.