RS Components parent, Electrocomponents to address SBC & IoT markets with new OKdo global tech company

04 April 2019

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The new business will focus on transforming two of the fastest-growing technology spaces: single board computing (SBC) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation parent company, Electrocomponents, has launched OKdo, a new global technology brand focused on single board computing (SBC) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

OKdo will have one simple focus: to create an outstanding experience for all SBC and IoT customers, whatever their background, goals and ambitions.

It will provide end-to-end support across all SBC and IoT segments, spanning makers, entrepreneurs, industrial designers, educators and re-seller partners.

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Under the banner, 'Design the World', it will deliver a unique combination of hardware, software, development support and manufacturing services to inspire and enable customers to generate new ideas and turn them into commercial reality.

"OKdo is testament to our passion for innovation," said Electrocomponents CEO, Lindsley Ruth. "It will bring SBC and IoT customers the latest products, solutions and ideas to inspire and enable them to create technology that makes life better."

OKdo will build on existing relationships with SBC leaders including Arduino, BeagleBone and Raspberry Pi. Customers will reap the benefits of new partnerships with some of the world's most influential technology companies, including Arm, NXP, Broadcom, Intel and Seeed, plus rising tech start-ups like Zerynth and The Things Industries.

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The new brand's global website (www.okdo.com) is now live in seven countries: the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, US and Japan. OKdo has also deployed a global sales team to support business customers. Alongside its impressive SBC and IoT technology portfolio, a range of new services are also on offer.

OKdo's projects portal will help makers connect and bounce ideas off each other, while entrepreneurs and industrial designers will benefit from industry-leading support, including manufacturing, prototyping and a free cloud-based IoT development platform.

Claire Doyle, OKdo's Global SVP, Commercial, said: "SBC and IoT are demanding, disruptive markets that expect imagination, creativity and technical expertise in abundance.

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"OKdo brings a truly global proposition to deliver all of that and more. Not just hardware, but the additional support and services that customers in these segments need to thrive and succeed."

Richard Curtin, OKdo's Global SVP, Technology, added: "OKdo is a business built on partnerships. We're working with some of the best technology companies on the planet to bring the latest products and innovations to more people around the world, wherever they are on their SBC and IoT journey."


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