Dell has opened its first dedicated Internet of Things lab in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region at the Dell Solution Centre in Singapore.
The facility, which was unveiled recently by Glen Burrows, vice president of Dell OEM in the region, and Prakash Mallya, managing director of Intel Southeast Asia, features Dell and Intel IoT solutions with end-to-end platform facilities.
Customers can test the products and consult with Dell technical experts.
This is Dell’s third IoT lab globally after Silicon Valley in the US and Limerick in Ireland.
Building on Dell’s and Intel’s strategy to support customers in their IoT projects, this facility will focus on enabling intelligent devices and gateways, speeding up the connection of legacy systems to the cloud and enabling end-to-end analytics to turn big data into actionable information.
It will allow customers to build, modify and architect new IoT solutions on active bench space within the lab while capitalising on Dell’s ability to span edge to the data centre.
Other partners in the IoT ecosystem, from developers to independent software vendors, can also use a working space in the lab to innovate using Dell and Intel IoT solutions.
Burrows said the IoT market continues to experience strong growth across the region. There are vast opportunities with companies benefiting by identifying new business models, increasing operating efficiency and fuelling innovation.
“With a strong connectivity infrastructure and the government’s vision to create a Smart Nation, Singapore is the ideal choice for the location of our first IoT lab in the region,” he said.
An example of the robustness of Dell’s IoT solutions is “Internet of Bees”, a project developed and managed in the Solution Centre in Limerick.
Using mobile technology and wireless sensors, this project enables members of the Dell Planet Employee Resource Group to understand the impact of carbon dioxide, oxygen, temperature, humidity and airborne dust on thousands of honey bees, as their populations have declined in recent years.
Data from the different systems are then captured by the Dell IoT Gateway and using Dell’s end-to-end solutions, real-time data feeds from the hive and results of the analysis are available in the IoT lab.
The project is a strong testimony of how technology can contribute to society in areas such as precision agriculture and smart farming.
In line with its strategy to improve its offerings in the IoT space, Dell in May formed a division focused on bringing together enterprise end-to-end IoT solutions spanning hardware, software and services.
The subsequent efforts including launching IoT Labs are streamlining the company’s focus on enabling enterprise customers with gateways, datacentre solutions and analytics services built on Dell’s bedrock of global availability, industry-leading support and trusted security options.