First Dell Asia Pacific IoT Lab Opens Opportunity

On January 19, we opened our first dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) lab in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Based within the Dell Solution Centre in Singapore, the new facility, launched in collaboration with Intel, was unveiled by my colleague Glen Burrows, Area Vice President, Dell OEM Solutions, APJ, and Prakash Mallya, Managing Director, South East Asia, Intel, on Tuesday. The lab features our IoT solutions and the platform for our customers to test the products and consult with Dell technical experts. This is Dell’s third IoT lab globally, following the successful launch of labs in Santa Clara, California and Limerick, Ireland.

Cutting the ribbon to open the Dell IoT lab in Singapore

According to W. Roy Schulte, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, in a recent press release

"The IoT is relevant in virtually every industry, although not in every application, there will be no purely 'IoT applications.' Rather, there will be many applications that leverage the IoT in some small or large aspect of their work.  As a result, business analysts and developers of information-centric processes need to have the expertise and the tools to implement IoT aspects that play a role in their systems." 1

This facility will allow our customers to build, modify and architect new IoT solutions on active bench space within the lab and have access to Dell technical experts. Other partners within the IoT ecosystem, from developers to independent software vendors (ISVs) will also benefit from the lab by having a working space to innovate using Dell and Intel IoT solutions.

IoT is a huge opportunity in APJ. It's estimated that the IoT in Asia, excluding Japan, will climb to 8.6 billion devices by 2020, reaching a current annual market of US$583 billion, TopFunded reports.

Companies are leveraging IoT to identify new business models, increase operational efficiency and fuel 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. The IoT lab is part of our commitment to help enterprises realize the potential of IoT to enable future-ready societies.

The new facility delivers a number of benefits to Dell customers including:

  • Ability to develop and test IoT proof-of-concepts (POCs) with some of our latest solutions which includes the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series and Statistica analytics
  • Access to Dell’s end-to-end technologies, including servers, storage, networking and software solutions, allowing customers to test the scalability of their IoT solutions
  • Significantly speeding up the time to market with new IoT and OEM solutions

The lab also showcases product demos from our customers, Innodep and Silverline, to provide existing and new customers inspiration for developing their own solutions. Through their partnership with us, Innodep, a global leader in video surveillance system based on IT and IoT, will be able to harness and analyze metadata, to deliver smart CCTV surveillance solutions.

“By partnering with Dell OEM, Innodep was able to expand the business foundation from a solution provider to a hardware-based full platform provider,” Chris Lee, general manager for Innodep told Power More.

With heightened security concerns globally, these smart CCTV solutions will provide better public security systems that enable quicker reactions to security risks and increase the efficiency of security surveillance.

Similarly, Silverline, a smart home sensor technology provider headquartered in Singapore, will be able to aggregate, secure and relay data from their sensors using Dell IoT gateway solutions, delivering value-added products and services to both consumers and commercial sector.  

If you’re in Singapore we hope you’ll come and visit us!

1 Gartner Press Release, Gartner Says By 2020, More Than Half of Major New Business Processes and Systems Will Incorporate Some Element of the Internet of Things, January 14, 2016,

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