CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

IoT Marketing Declares the Green, Lean, and Machine2Machine Contest Winners

IoT Marketing, Industry Insights Webinars | May 13, 2021

IoT Marketing hosted the "Going Green with IoT" edition of Industry Insights Webinars in an attempt to encourage sustainable and effective IoT products and services, as well as the greening of all areas of connected solutions.

The Green, Lean, Machine2Machine contest, which consisted of two award categories: the Most Sustainable IoT Solution and the Most Efficient IoT Solution, was featured during the live virtual event.

The event's panelists and judges include SourceLogix's Ramesh Elaiyavalli, smart city advisor Bill Pugh, agtech expert Alexander Conrad, and sustainability innovator Kerry Babb.

Winners received video, public relations, and social media packages from IoT Marketing, as well as a free IoT and cloud consulting package from SourceLogix, an Amazon AWS partner. Architecture workshops, promotional credits to run systems on AWS, and training all were part of the package. Some restrictions apply to qualifying businesses.

Businesses who have developed an IoT product or service aimed at creating a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future are recognized as having developed the Most Sustainable IoT Solution. Xylem Water Solutions, Ship Shape Urban Farms, and Webee are among the winners.

The Most Efficient IoT Solution recognized businesses that have created an IoT product or service that allows organizations to improve operational or energy efficiency. Blue Planet Energy, Atmosic, and Ragno Electronics are among the winners.

Tiffani Neilson, the host of Industry Insights Webinars, said, "Our vision is not only to share ways to implement green industry standards but also to spotlight actual companies making real change."

Johannes Beekman, the founder, and CEO of IoT Marketing said, "People have found value in our ability to simplify complicated issues involving connected ecosystems. Our numbers are increasing month after month, which shows me we're doing a decent job of providing high-quality content to our members."

IoT Marketing is looking for experts, thought leaders, and solution providers for its forthcoming Industry Insights Webinars, which will include subjects such as Demystifying Data Security, The Future of Smart Travel, Building Smart with IoT, and the Space Tech Special Edition.

This December, Industry Insights Webinars will host the second annual Industry Insights IoT Awards to further recognize the IoT ecosystem with categories spanning a wide range of industries and verticals.

About IoT Marketing
IoT Marketing, based in Austin, Texas, is a digital agency that specializes in launching and fueling the growth of IoT and high-tech companies. Clients profit from partnering with a single outsourced firm that provides end-to-end communications services, from websites to webinars, to manage all of their marketing and public relations needs.

About Industry Insights Webinars
Industry Insights Webinars is a virtual forum of thought leaders, industry experts, business professionals, and solution providers who use webinars to share their experience and expertise on the Internet of Things. The monthly series guides those in need of connected solutions and aligns them with relevant information and recommendations from IoT and technology ecosystem partners.

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

Omnispace and Lacuna Announce Collaboration to Deliver Global LoRaWAN® IoT Service

Omnispace | March 10, 2022

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

AWS Announces General Availability of AWS IoT TwinMaker

AWS | April 23, 2022

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INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS

Nordic Capital Announces Strategic Investment in German IoT and Wearable Technology Disruptor ProGlove

Nordic Capital | May 09, 2022

Nordic Capital, a leading European private equity investor, has signed an agreement to become the majority owner of the German-based Industrial Internet of Things (“IoT”) company ProGlove. ProGlove is a disruptive technology leader for a smarter workforce. In close partnership with ProGlove’s management and founders, Nordic Capital will enable the company to accelerate its future growth plans, further expand its customer base and invest in product development. The financial terms of the transaction will not be disclosed. ProGlove is a technology leader that has been growing rapidly since its foundation in 2014. With over 250 employees in Munich, Chicago and Belgrade, it serves numerous customers in retail and e-commerce, logistics and warehousing, manufacturing and automotive across more than 30 countries. Among them are renowned global brands such as Mercedes Benz, VW, BMW, DHL, XPO Logistics, GAP and Staples. 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CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

RAKwireless Announces a Range of New IoT Offerings at 2022 Spring Launch Event

RAKwireless | April 07, 2022

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