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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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