Tech Data Corporation announced the expansion of its SmartForce Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio through a strategic partnership with Propel GPS, a Virginia-based solution provider with an IoT/Cloud-based platform targeting vertical market applications in commercial vehicle fleet, transportation, utilities and construction equipment management. The solution delivers asset and temperature monitoring, along-route virtual geographic boundaries and fleet tracking with reporting capabilities by vehicle, fleet, driver or team. Available metrics also include truck maintenance, driver performance and the protection of the contents of the trailer.
“The partnership between Tech Data and Propel creates a compelling IoT solution customized for our partners and their end customers,” said Angie McCourt, vice president IoT Solutions Group, Americas at Tech Data. “We’re leveraging the power of the Propel team’s 20+ years of experience in this space, in conjunction with our strategic partner relationships and market knowhow
to offer a better a customer experience and value, as well as a high level of service.”
Tech Data officially launched its IoT solutions practice last year with a strategy geared towards simplifying partner moves into this growth opportunity. At a strategic level, the distributor’s targeted verticals include smart spaces, transportation/logistics, manufacturing and retail.
Tech Data partners will likely be able to more easily market and deploy comprehensive IoT solutions with a wide range of components, delivery, implementation and support services.