Dell has opened a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Limerick, Ireland that will serve as a base for the firm's newly formed IoT division. The facility aims to spur customers to create innovative, industry-leading solutions, the firm said.
Dell is best known as an end-to-end provider of business IT solutions and services, but appears to be getting serious about the potential of the IoT market.
The company announced the formation at the end of last month of a special IoT division focused on solutions that span hardware, software and services.
The move follows the opening in November of Dell's first IoT lab in Santa Clara, California as a joint venture with Intel. Both companies were involved in setting up an IoT standards group called the Open Interconnect Consortium last year.
Dell said that the new facility complements the existing Dell Solution Centre in Limerick, and will bolster Dell's portfolio by providing European customers with a dedicated space to build, model, architect and test IoT solutions and get them to market faster.
"In Limerick, customers will have a flexible and scalable foundation for developing market-ready solutions with a trusted, reliable partner. Our specialists in the lab can reduce the complexity of IT and help customers bring their ideas to life," said Dermot O'Connell, Dell's executive director for OEM solutions in EMEA.
Dell also announced its first product at the unveiling of the IoT division in the shape of the Dell IoT Gateway (pictured). The device is based on similar hardware to the firm's Wyse thin client terminals, but runs Wind River Linux, Ubuntu Core or Windows 10 IoT.
It is designed to collect and process sensor data at the edge of a network, and has enough processing power to provide customers with the flexibility to perform analytics in situ.
Dell also announced a partnership with IoT specialist ThingWorx that sees it joining the firm's system integrator programme as a global system integrator, offering professional services for IoT.
ThingWorx offers a proven IoT platform, claimed to be one of the most comprehensive IoT solution stacks in the industry, aimed at customers seeking to develop solutions for smart connected products.
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