Avnet and IBM Advance IoT Solutions with Joint Development Lab

Avnet has announced a new collaboration with IBM to accelerate the time to market for IoT solutions. Led by its Technology Solutions team, Avnet will team up with IBM to establish a Watson Internet-of-Things (IoT) Joint Lab within IBM’s newly opened global Watson IoT Center in Munich, Germany. Avnet will use this unique environment to showcase, demonstrate, develop and sell innovative IoT solutions.

The lab will allow clients from around the world to be able to engage with Avnet and IBM IoT experts to create working prototypes and solutions that draw on the business benefits of Watson IoT and the power of cognitive computing. They can also enhance their IoT technical expertise through hands-on, on-the-job learning in the lab. Additionally, Avnet and IBM will engage with clients on joint business opportunities. The joint lab will help enable and inspire clients to imagine the “art of the possible” with IoT – creating new business models and exploring innovative approaches to industry challenges. Avnet expects to achieve this through its newly acquired Premier Farnell business, which will use the lab to develop proof-of-concept electronic boards embedded with IBM’s Watson IoT and Bluemix services at the device level. The aim is to create a seamless experience for customers, allowing them to rapidly exploit new use cases for customers.

In addition to the lab, Avnet and IBM will also be collaborating to build IoT offerings to accelerate solution development with the IBM Watson IoT and Bluemix platforms. This includes IoT starter kits from Avnet’s Electronics Marketing and Premier Farnell businesses. Clients will gain access to an extensive catalog of over 150 IBM Bluemix cloud services, including the Watson IoT platform, DevOps, mobile and analytics services through the Avnet Cloud Marketplace. Additionally, clients will have access to in-depth technical training on the IBM Bluemix and Watson IoT Platform through Avnet’s training and education services.