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Seebo, IBM collaborate to simplify IoT development; Embelin partners with Orange Business Services to offer IoT connectivity in Europe; Thales intros security solutions for IoT devices and data; VMware, VizExplorer announce partnership to provide integrated IoT solutions; Survey highlights importance of interoperability in the Internet of Things.
By Rich Handley

VMware, VizExplorer Announce Partnership to Provide Integrated IoT Solutions

VMware, a provider of cloud infrastructure and business mobility, and VizExplorer, a provider of operational intelligence solutions, have announced a partnership to develop integrated IoT solutions. The partnership intends to enable customers to maximize value from their IoT use cases, in a timely and cost-effective way, while managing, monitoring and securing all IoT edge systems and connected devices.

The first expected offering from VizExplorer and VMware is a health-care-specific solution that can help to optimize device and patient operations in hospitals. By bringing together VizExplorer's analytics and visualization solutions and VMware's ability to manage, monitor and secure all IoT devices, the system enables hospitals to better manage, visualize and understand the usage of hospital devices, their locations, and the activities of patients and staff.

VizExplorer and VMware began collaborating in the fall of 2016 to deliver a custom health-care IoT solution in trials, with the goal of using a single console on which the lab will be able to monitor and manage all of its devices, lab equipment, medical staff and patients. In addition, the interface is designed to provide real-time analytics and reporting to monitor the productivity of medical personnel and increase the efficient use of medical equipment, resources and inventory.

"I can see clear use cases for efficiency of treatments as well as patient safety using the VizExplorer and VMware real-time locational system (RTLS) and supporting technologies," said Todd Pawlicki, a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists and Medicine, in a prepared statement. "A key component to making this initiative successful is the ability to execute in a medical environment with customized infrastructure management tools."

"The combination of VMware IoT and VizExplorer Analytics will help the healthcare industry better track devices and patients to ultimately respond faster and more efficiently to their needs," said Mimi Spier, VMware's VP and head of business development for the IoT, in the prepared statement. "Health care is just the first of many industries we hope to impact."

While health care is the partnership's first target, the integrated IoT platform solution has the potential to be able to address a variety of large-scale challenges across multiple industries. The partnership between VMware and VizExplorer will be showcased at the HIMSS17 conference in VMware's booth (#3661).

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