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HCL to launch IoT incubator in partnership with Microsoft


HCL Technologies has entered into a partnership with Microsoft to launch an incubation centre for Internet of Things in Redmond, reports the Mint. The incubator will focus on solutions for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, like healthcare, fleet management, industrial manufacturing and life sciences.

The companies are yet to reveal when the incubator will be operational, how many startups it will incubate, and if it will provide funding and to what extend. Interestingly, HCL had also set up an incubation centre in Noida in September last year, to jointly develop IoT solutions with IBM. This initiative would focus on solutions around remote monitoring, inventory management, smart buildings etc.

HCL currently offers end-to-end IoT solutions in partnership with Hitachi, IBM’s IoT platform, Intel, Microsoft, Tele2 etc., to various sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, utilities, logistics and transportation, mining and energy, and smart cities.

IoT accelerators in India:

– In December last year, Flexeye opened HyperCat, an accelerator and incubator centre for Internet of Things (IoT) startups in Hyderabad.

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– In August, Intel India launched Maker Lab to support startups in Iot, mobile devices and compute domains. The Lab will support 10 startups initially and provide them with development kits, reference boards, hardware and software tools for developing and testing.

– In June, Hong-Kong based Jaarvis launched a pilot of its India specific accelerator which would invest up to $50,000 in startups that offer services and products in online-to-offline ecommerce services, Internet of Things, mobility and other new technology verticals.

– In February last year, Rajesh Sawhney’s GSF Accelerator in collaboration with networking giant Cisco said it would launch an accelerator programme for startups in the Internet of Things and cloud space.

– In September 2014, Tech Mahindra partnered with Bosch Software Innovations to create an Internet of Things ecosystem, while in March, it setup an IoT lab in partnership with Texas Instruments.

– The same year, Cisco and L&T Technology Services tied up to set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) solutions centre in India, targeting the transport and mass transit industries.

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