Intel and Wipro, a global IT, consulting and business process services company headquartered in India, are joining global trade association the International M2M Council (IMC), an organisation that aims to boost understanding and sales in IoT and that claims to have quickly gained over 10,000 members, comprised almost entirely of OEMs, enterprise users and applications developers.
The IMC is a London-based, non-commercial enterprise with the mission to increase deployments of M2M technology by proving the business case for the Internet of Things. Companies on its board of governors include: Aeris, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Digi International, Inmarsat, Intel, Iridium, Kore, Nighthawk Controls, Numerex, Orbcomm, Synapse Wireless, Telecom Italia, Telit, Verizon, Wipro and Wyless.
The organisations says it attracts new members by producing content that is geared to various vertical markets, including energy, logistics, healthcare, transportation, construction, and retail, among others. The IMC’s online IoT content library features nearly 100 case studies that emphasise RoI and related business metrics.
Rose Schooler, vice president of Intel’s IoT Strategy Office — who sits on the IMC board of governors — said: “The IMC is an industry-leading professional organisation that is reaching out to adopters of IoT technology on a broad scale. The organisation is gaining an average of 275 new members per week – members that are developing, buying, and deploying IoT solutions. Clearly, there is a demand in the market to learn more.”
Focus on business results
Vijay Anand, practice director, IoT Business at Wipro Digital — who has also joined the IMC board — added: “The IMC’s focus on business results suits our role as a provider of end-to-end IoT solutions very well. This trade group also has a truly global footprint that fits our business model and aspirations.”
The IMC recently unveiled its Quarterly IoT Buyers’ Index, which polls the group’s members to track buying patterns for IoT solutions according to vertical-market sectors and more. The IMC is on track to have 15,000 members by year’s end 2015.