IoT.nxt joins leading global companies as a Linux Foundation silver partner
South African innovator in Internet of things (IOT) technology and strategy, IoT.nxt, joined a stellar community of global companies as a silver partner of The Linux Foundation, in June.
"There are great opportunities to use open source software in IOT applications and we are excited to join the international community driving understanding and implementation of Linux developments and what this can deliver to companies and also individuals. Open source allows for incredible collaboration across companies, industries, organisations and individuals to solve particular technology challenges and drive value," says IoT.nxt CEO Nico Steyn.
Linux Foundation members help support development of the shared technology resources, while accelerating their own innovation through open source leadership and participation. Linux Foundation member contributions help provide the infrastructure and resources that enable the world's largest open collaboration communities.
"Innovation is a core value of our company and is a key contributor to the exceptional success we achieved since IoT.nxt was founded in late 2015. Our international expansion is going ahead apace and this membership places us in the company of international leading companies in a wide variety of industries," says Steyn.
Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, said at the announcement of new members that the foundation is thrilled to see so many organisations continue to reinforce their commitment to open source, with investments in the community and a wide variety of important projects. "The variety of industries growing their participation in open source, from automotive companies to universities, is truly inspiring."
Open source gained prominence in South Africa after the establishment of the Ubuntu Project by South African born Mark Shuttleworth's Canonical company in 2004. The Ubuntu Project is now a popular Linux-based operating system that is freely available worldwide with desktop and server editions.
With the support of its members, The Linux Foundation hosts open source projects across technologies, including networking, security, cloud, blockchain and more. This collaborative development model is helping technology advance at a rapid pace in a way that benefits individuals and organisations around the world.
Other companies that became silver members in June include leading audio equipment company Bose Corporation, Anaconda and ComponentSoft.
IoT.nxt is the winner of the 2017 MTN Business IoT Award, a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platform and was selected as one of six aspiring innovators in SA ahead of the 2016 Gartner ITXpo and Symposium, hosted in Cape Town. The company opened an office in The Hague, The Netherlands, in September last year and is currently expanding in the USA. IoT.nxt achieved level 1 B-BBEE status earlier this year.