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HCL, IBM team up to drive IoT adoption

Posted: 18 Sep 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IoT  Internet of Things  smart  connectivity  analytics 

HCL Technologies, India's fourth largest software services firm, has teamed up with International Business Machines (IBM) to develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

IoT is a technological concept that aims to make machines communicate with each other to send and receive information in real time.

Under the deal, HCL and IBM will focus on connected products and operations such as remote monitoring, smart inventory management, smart building and facilities management.

The two companies also plan to put up an incubation centre in Noida, India, to develop these solutions for the chosen industries.

The partnership brings together HCL Technologies' engineering R&D services, global systems integration expertise supported with strong infrastructure services, and IBM's enterprise in asset management, cloud and analytics.

Through their joint efforts, the two companies will enable seamless integration of device, connectivity, data platform and analytics for organisations across the world to address some of the most complex enterprise and industrial IoT challenges.

"Combining HCL's IoT design capabilities in hardware and platforms with IBM IoT Foundation platform will result in a capability that generates new value across every segment we are targeting," said Chris O'Connor, general manager of Offerings, Internet of Things, IBM.

HCL's Internet of Things (IoT) Business helps companies accelerate their journey towards IoT adoption and achieving significant efficiency from existing assets, new product and services offering for the market.

"Our partnership with IBM will create new solutions and replicable use cases and POCs to enable accelerated adoption of IoT within and across industries," said Sukamal Banerjee, executive vice president, Engineering & R&D Services, and head of IoT Business HCL Technologies.

In October last year, HCL expressed its intent to invest in applications of emerging technologies including those that enable driverless cars, IoT and wearable devices, a report from Live Mint said.

According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), the global market size of IoT is expected to reach $7.1 trillion in 2020. Meanwhile, the global wearable computing market is seen to rise from $9.2 billion in 2014 to more than $30.2 billion in 2018, according to technology research firm BCC Research.

- Stephen Padilla

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