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Monday, 25 September 2017 23:16

Digital transformation business drives RIoT Solutions growth


Brisbane-based industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and operation technology (OT) solutions provider RIoT Solutions is trumpeting significant growth on the back of its digital transformation business in the two years since its establishment.

Rob Merkwitza, managing director and founder, claims a move to “smart, connected networks” puts the company in a very strong position to significantly grow business as demand for secure IoT connectivity increases.

“We’ve built the company to focus almost entirely on OT and IT infrastructures, providing the digital plumbing required to bring together industrial and IT networks that deliver secure, smart and connected outcomes.”

According to Merkwitza, RIoT Solutions has made significant investment in its cyber security credentials ensuring customers take "a 'first line of defence’ approach to protecting and securing OT and IT network environments from a new wave of sophisticated hazards”.

“We have seen increased demand for security services in the fields of smart cities, intelligent transport systems (ITS), utilities, manufacturing and building management systems (BMS).

“Cyber security for critical infrastructures must be robust and built in as a fundamental component to fortifying industrial networks. This is why we encourage all of our experts to cross-skill in both network and cyber security domains.”

Merkwitza says the company has grown to 20 employees, most of whom he claims are highly qualified specialists in their fields, “to bring a holistic offering to organisations as they migrate to digital environments”.

According to Merkwitza, RIoT Solutions has signed more than 50 customers in Australia, including state governments, regional councils, transportation, utilities and manufacturing organisations specifically in OT and IT. The enterprise IT business has also seen growth in network architecture and cyber security services.  

RIoT Solutions also announced the appointment of Colin Sayward, previously with Queensland Urban Utilities, as technical infrastructure consultant. Also announced were the appointments of Dany Bashour as support engineer; Trevor Laughton as enterprise account executive; and Angela Zelinksi as project co-ordinator.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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