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Strategic Alliances Focusing on the Building Internet of Things Gain Prominence

This article was written by Daphne Tomlinson of Tomlinson Business Research. Partnerships focusing on IoT solutions in buildings have gained prominence in the past year. We have tracked over 30 alliances announced since January 2016 between the main building technology incumbents, IT partners and specialised IoT platform providers. This excludes strategic investments, minority stakes, and partnerships focused on the smart home. The leading building automation suppliers for commercial and industrial buildings (Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Schneider Electric and Siemens) have all recently enhanced their IoT capabilities through strategic alliances. Schneider Electric's main IoT partner is Microsoft, utilizing their Azure cloud platform to deliver digital services, apps and analytics across multiple energy management offerings in their portfolio. In November 2016, Schneider Electric announced the launch of its next generation EcoStruxure architecture and platform to deliver IoT-enabled solutions. “Our advanced platform connects the three layers of the technology stack through an elastic cloud backbone that leverages the full […]

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