INDUSTRIAL IOT

KORE ConnectivityPro Named the 2021 IoT Evolution Product of the Year

Crossfire Media, TMC, KORE | July 20, 2021

KORE, a global leader in the Internet of Things Solutions and global IoT Connectivity-as-a-Service, announced today that its ConnectivityPro solution won the 2021 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award program, which TMC collaborates with Crossfire Media sponsors.

The award honors the most innovative and best-in-class products and solutions that power the Internet of Things (IoT). As selected by the IoT Evolution World magazine editors, nominated solutions must have been ready for deployment within the previous twelve months.

ConnectivityPro stands apart in the industry because it is a single platform that KORE's clients use to manage their global IoT Connectivity needs. ConnectivityPro, built on the open, modular, and scalable KORE One platform, offers a simplified user interface with service-oriented APIs that enable complete automation of connectivity management activities. Full-featured provisioning, diagnostics, reporting, support, and billing; proactive, real-time monitoring of events, usage, and costs, including rule-based actions and alerts; and integrated, "a la carte" micro-services supporting solution components that simplify IoT deployments are among the key features.

The 2021 IoT Product of the Year Award winners were announced online and featured on IoT Evolution World.

TMC has been honoring technology companies with awards in a variety of categories for over 20 years. These awards are widely considered among the most prestigious and respected in the communications and technology sectors across the globe. Winners are significant market players that consistently demonstrate technological advancement. Each recipient is an undeniable market leader.

About KORE
KORE is a pioneer, leader, and trusted adviser in delivering mission-critical IoT solutions and services. By reducing the complexity of IoT, we enable companies of all sizes to enhance operational and business results. Our deep IoT expertise and experience, global reach, purpose-built solutions, and deployment agility help our client's business outcomes to accelerate and materially impact.

About Crossfire Media
Crossfire Media is an integrated marketing firm with a primary emphasis on future technological developments. With conferences, tradeshows, webinars, and newsletters, we serve communities of interest. In addition, crossfire Media collaborates with Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) to produce disruptive technology events and websites. Crossfire Media is a subsidiary of Crossfire Consulting, a New York-based full-service information technology company.

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