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Avnet Introduces IoTConnect Software Platform and Smart Connectivity Solutions

Microsoft Azure cloud architecture supports secure, scalable IoT infrastructure

PHOENIX—January 3, 2018—Avnet (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced its IoTConnect™ cloud-based software platform and a portfolio of smart, market-ready connectivity solutions built around the platform to help organizations jump-start development of IoT-enabled systems and services. Avnet will showcase the IoTConnect platform and a selection of innovative smart solutions at CES 2018, January 9-12 in Las Vegas, booth 2609, at Tech East, Westgate.

The highly scalable IoTConnect platform utilizes Microsoft’s enterprise-grade Azure hybrid cloud computing service to enable the seamless distribution and analysis of data across cloud and on-premise systems. Azure’s powerful security and connectivity protocols give IoTConnect users the flexibility to develop and deploy apps and solutions using their choice of tools, applications and frameworks.

In collaboration with 14 leading suppliers across its comprehensive IoT partner ecosystem, Avnet has also developed a broad selection of smart, market-ready connectivity solutions that leverage the IoTConnect platform to tackle business challenges common to many industry verticals, including manufacturing, medical, environmental, construction, retail, food processing and smart city. These digital solutions – Smart Factory,Smart Asset MonitoringSmart Connected WorkerSmart BuildingSmart Healthcare, Smart RetailSmart OfficeSmart Fleet Management and Smart Warehouse – can be deployed out of the box or tailored to meet segment-specific requirements. Avnet’s smart solutions combine advanced software capability with state-of-the-art silicon component technologies to transform real-time operational data into insightful information enabling more informed, strategic decision-making.

“Avnet recognizes that concerns such as security risk, unexpected downtime, low efficiency and information latency frequently hinder organizations’ ability to capture the full potential of digitization,” said Lou Lutostanski, Avnet vice president, Internet of Things. “IoTConnect, supported by Microsoft Azure, not only helps mitigate these risks, but enables enterprises to generate intelligence that will make their organizations more productive, secure and competitive in the digital age.”

“Built on Azure services, Avnet’s versatile IoTConnect platform and its new Smart Industry solutions include powerful analytics, cognitive services, artificial intelligence and machine learning,” said Rodney Clark, vice president, IoT, Microsoft. “With these repeatable Edge to Cloud solutions both partners and customers will be able to take full advantage of the digital transformation opportunities IoT represents.”

The Avnet connected ecosystem, which includes Avnet.comHackster.ioelement14 and Hardware Studio, supports more than 2 million customers driving IoT innovation around the world. Avnet is also a member of the IoT M2M Council (IMC), the largest and fastest-growing trade group dedicated to the IoT sector.

Following CES, Avnet will launch a series of customer training sessions to help simplify the complexity of building IoT solutions and scaling them for mass distribution. Visit Avnet.com/IoT for updates on these instructional programs. For more information on Microsoft-enabled IoT solutions available through Avnet, visit Avnet’s IoT Ecosystem portal. Details on IoTConnect and Avnet’s smart connectivity solutions can be found at Avnet.com/IoT.

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