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Arrow Electronics wants to help solution providers make sense of a complex, rapidly evolving Internet of Things landscape through its strategic partnership with Intel.

Wayne Dragon, IoT technical marketing manager at the Centennial, Colo.-based distributor, said Arrow is squarely focused on aggregating vertically driven Intel offerings that can reach the market quickly and create actionable insight that customers can monetize.

Implementing an IoT practice presents a number of challenges for solution providers, such as managing the various device protocols collected at the edge and then funneled through gateways and into data platforms. These smart devices might send information over Wi-Fi, cellular networks, BLE or LoRa.

Arrow’s IoT solutions delivery includes building management systems that can consolidate data collected from various sources such as HVAC, climate monitoring, temperature control and lighting systems.

The distributor also supplies a portable power system, built in collaboration with Dell and V5 Systems, that can power hardware in outdoor environments via solar panels. Dragon said the power system allows for a number of use cases, including security given its ability to power cameras and acoustic gun-shot detection on-site.

“Portable power at the edge to a gateway without the need to dig or trench,” Dragon said. “If you can avoid digging, trenching, permitting and all those things that delay, and have a solution that’s re-deployable, that gives you a lot of strength.”


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