IoT Partner Programs Making the Move Toward Renewable Energy Verticals


In the recent analysis ranking 665 companies on their IoT service capabilities and partner programs, global technology intelligence firm ABI Research finds that not only parents of partner programs are continuing their long history of partnering with system integrators, OEMs, and professional services providers to enable full-scale end-to-end IoT solutions, but also are now branching out into renewable energy verticals.

The new edition of the report overviews 665 companies, of which 223 suppliers are serving the utility market across the IoT value chain.  “Of those companies, 61% are serving the energy and utility market powered by renewable energy sources, such as, but not limited to, wind, solar, hydro, thermal, and nuclear power generation,” says Kateryna Dubrova, IoT Markets Research Analyst at ABI Research. The vendors present in the renewable energy and utility domain show that 108 out of 223 vendors have a high level of technology maturity. Over 57% of those are providing hardware enabled IoT solutions and services. The IoT sensitization and device connectivity services traditionally have the highest maturity and have a well-established partnership with Dell, Intel, PTC ThingWorx, and Oracle.

There is a clear shift in the role of IoT in renewable energy production and distribution transmission. Both are poised to bring value to existing infrastructure to provide value-added components. “ABI Research also observed an increasing number of partnerships with IoT companies targeting renewable energy monitoring, alerting, data processing, and analytics service segments,” Dubrova adds.

Therefore, in 2022, there will be an increasing number of IoT edge-cloud and big data suppliers partnering with the partner program parents, such as AWS, Cisco, SAP, IBM, and Microsoft, in the renewable energy and utility sector. Dubrova explains, “This indicates a departure from the traditional hardware-based offering to the emergence of value-added high margin data-enabled services in the IoT ecosystem.”

Ultimately, partnership programs continue to be a strategic priority for some dominant brands serving the IoT market. “Fundamentally, these programs allow enterprises to benefit from end-to-end solutions with greater ecosystem interoperability and enable technology vendors to penetrate new markets and verticals,” Dubrova concludes.

These findings are from ABI Research’s SI/VAR and Partner Program IoT Ecosystem market data report. This report is part of the company’s IoT Markets research service, including research, data, and analyst insights. Market Data spreadsheets are composed of in-depth data, market share analysis, and highly segmented, service-specific forecasts to provide detailed insight where opportunities lie.


PlanetWatch, a decentralized environmental monitoring pioneer, announces a major transatlantic partnership


PlanetWatch, a French company which decentralizes and incentivizes environmental monitoring by leveraging the Algorand blockchain, is announcing a strategic partnership with EMRIT, a US-based company which is building the new IoT wireless internet.

EMRIT will fund the deployment of thousands of PlanetWatch-compliant air quality monitors, boosting the deployment of the PlanetWatch network across Europe, the USA and Asia.

“We at Emrit are proud to partner with PlanetWatch and expand our IoT Blockchain footprint and create exciting earning opportunities for the community. Not only can you monitor the quality of the air in your environment, but you also earn rewards as well! This is a win-win for any owner of a PlanetWatch sensor.” – Jiten Varu, CEO of EMRIT.

Claudio Parrinello, the CEO of PlanetWatch said: “Our partnership with EMRIT will deliver incredible synergies between two highly disruptive and forward-looking companies which both leverage advanced technologies and the engagement of local communities. We are enabling Smart City as a Service solutions and implementing a circular economy where citizens make their city smart and reap immediate benefits from their commitment. Anybody can become a PlanetWatcher and help us look after our planet!”

PlanetWatch revolutionizes air quality monitoring by using the Algorand Blockchain, IoT sensors and AI data analysis, and incentivizing citizens to operate air quality sensors and earn token rewards for data streams. PlanetWatch can then deploy dense, real-time sensor networks and deliver hyperlocal, street-level, business-grade environmental data quickly and cost effectively.

PlanetWatch’s current focus is on air pollution as it causes over 7 million deaths per year (source: WHO). Also, recent studies link long-term exposure to air pollution with an increase in mortality from COVID-19 infection, and a significant risk of infection via aerosol in indoor spaces, where air quality is a proxy for infection risks.

PlanetWatch is strongly supported by high-profile partners such as Algorand, the Algorand Foundation and CERN, the leading physics research lab in the world, where the Web was born.

PlanetWatch was naturally led to partner with Algorand which provides a highly scalable, decentralized and secure blockchain which is also one of the “greenest” around in terms of energy consumption. With regard to CERN, PlanetWatch is the only company in the blockchain ecosystem being an official “CERN Spin-off”.

PlanetWatch’s network is growing very fast. It is fast approaching 1,000 connected sensors, mostly in Europe and the USA. Its utility token, PLANETS, has just been listed on Bitfinex.