Somos joins IMC to extend IoT identity management

  • January 27, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Somos, a provider of data and registry management for all numbers in North America including toll-free, local and wireless, has joined the IoT M2M Council (IMC).

The IMC is the world’s largest community of enterprise users and product makers that buy IoT products and services. Somos has joined the IMC board as a sustaining member company to evangelise about its services for use in managing IoT devices and identities, which could have a big impact on IoT security, risk and compliance management among other things.

IMC sustainer companies get exclusive access to the group’s rank-and-file adopter membership of 25,000 IoT buyers for purposes of thought leadership, lead generation, promotion and research.

“Identity and lifecycle management is critical for enterprises to manage their IoT assets,” said Sri Ramachandran, Somos SVP and chief technology officer. He will represent the company on the IMC board of governors.

“We believe our data solutions will do a lot to ease management of IoT deployments, and the IMC is a great way to build awareness among enterprise users and product designers that need the technology,” he said.

Somos hopes to emulate in the IoT sector globally what it has achieved in the numbering sector – the company manages more than 850 million numbers in North America.

The IMC’s adopter members cover 27 different vertical markets and application from manufacturing to healthcare to retail sales and government infrastructure. They have a global footprint, with roughly 35% of members from North America, 25% from Europe and 25% from Asia, with the remainder diffuse.

The council has recently introduced a series of online events for 2021 – some in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show and Hannover Messe – partly in response to the global pandemic.

“Roughly 70% of the attendees at IMC events routinely identify as IoT buyers not sellers, which makes them a great fit for what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Ramachandran.

The IMC is the largest trade group dedicated to the global IoT and M2M sector with more than 25,000 IoT enterprise users, product makers and designers, and apps developers that buy IoT products and services as members. Board sustainer companies include 1NCE, Aeris, AVSystem, BeamLive, BICS, Digi International, Fractus Anenna, HPE, iBasis, IoT Launch, Kore, Losant, Microsoft Azure IoT, MultiTech, Pod Group, Quectel, Software AG, Somos, Taoglas, Tata Communications, Telit, U-Blox and Vodafone.