IBM and Arrow Electronics team up to promote Asia Pacific IoT

Arrow Electronics has joined hands with IBM to fuse its services with IBM’s Watson Internet of Things (IoT) platform and cloud services, the companies have announced.

With this development, Arrow now offers customers in Asia Pacific access to more than 160 industry-leading cloud services to incorporate ready-to-use capabilities, such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, advanced data analytics and cyber security into their latest IoT inventions through the IBM Watson IoT platform via IBM Cloud. The platform, being a fully managed, cloud-hosted service, is designed in a way to fully extract value from IoT devices.

IDC reports IoT is set to grow exponentially in Asia-Pacific from 3.1 billion to 8.6 billion by 2020, creating a $583 billion market opportunity, with startups serving as a critical driver to this growth, but lack of resources and technical expertise holding them back from experiencing IoT’s full potential.

Similarly, industrial IoT solutions provider CASCADEMIC seeks to benefit from Arrow and IBM’s joint offerings. The company views itself in a strong position to empower its customers and partners to develop smart city applications with integrated IoT solutions that will help significantly reduce development costs and time-to-market.

Esmond Wong, vice president of supplier marketing and semiconductor for Arrow’s components business in the Asia-Pacific region, said: “Our combined offering can seamlessly help technology innovators and enterprises build IoT solutions from silicon to cloud to application. The ability to capture and connect data points generated from IoT devices enable them to derive insightful business intelligence and then turn them into decisions for value creation.

“Arrow is removing barriers and providing the engineering expertise, resources and services that entrepreneurs need to develop innovative and intelligent connected products.”

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