Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, announced today an agreement with relayr to deliver world-class internet of things (IOT) solutions in the U.S. and Canada. Through this agreement, partners will have access to relayr's enterprise middleware platform, and powerful, simple-to-use tools that enable fast and cost-effective development of new solutions, equipment and services for IOT. Partners will be able to leverage relayr's technology innovations and starter kit to help develop IOT solutions for their customers from prototype to roll-out, along with end-to-end support. "relayr addresses one of the central challenges of IOT with a truly comprehensive enterprise middleware platform that can turn our partners into IOT solution developers," said Colin Blair, vice president of data analytics and IOT solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "Our partners will be able to use relayr's offerings to create IOT solutions that can easily be integrated with their customers' existing technologies. Working together, Avnet and relayr will empower partners to help their customers create IOT solutions that span a wide range of devices and offer solutions from simple experimentation kits to industrial hardware, supporting their customers' digital transformation processes." Now available through Avnet, the cloud-based enterprise middleware platform from relayr allows communications from any service, any software, any platform, and any sensor. Additionally, Avnet will provide its partners with relayr's open source software development kits and industrial-grade sensor kits for rapid customer prototyping. For example, relayr's Cisco IOT starter kit will be available through Avnet, which is designed to provide partners with a quick and affordable proof of concept to allow their customers to experience the advantages of IOT fog software for industrial deployments. Principally addressing markets in manufacturing, smart buildings, retail, government, healthcare and energy, partners will have access to relayr's solutions, which provide a unique full-service, end-to-end stack with an open API, streaming services and open source libraries for both hardware and software, facilitated by a step-by-step acceleration method. Additionally, partners can leverage relayr's middleware toolset, consulting services, connections capabilities to different devices from different manufacturers, and abilities to provision software for building new sensor-based retrofitting solutions across any device and any "thing."