RGB Communications Ltd has formed a brand new division dedicated to the Internet of Things, with Russell Wiles tipped to head the department.

The UK-based distributor is commonly associated with smart home gadgets, but it was the success of its Nest launch that influenced RGB’s decision to launch an IoT division.

The IoT revolves around increased device-to-device communications, potentially making everyday home technology smart – whether it be a thermostat, like the Nest, or a rice cooker. Why does it matter? More data and improved automation means using less energy yet with greater levels of comfort, security and convenience.

Having had great success with the recent launch of the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Protect, Nest Cam and accessories (all of which can be purchased on the RGB website), RGB is forming a new IoT division and will be adding a number of other IoT related products in this key growth area.

“The IoT market has the potential to transform the way we live our lives, as well as the very fabric of Commercial and Residential Installations. This view is widely held amongst industry experts and precisely why RGB are setting up a dedicated division,” says Andy Atwell, sales director of RGB Communications.

“Although many IoT products are relatively low cost and low margin, clients are becoming aware of devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat and are specifically asking their AV installer for them,” notes David Webster, RGB’s chief technology officer. This combination of low cost, wide market appeal and high demand result in a massive opportunity for RGB and its customer’s to maximise business opportunities in this area.

At the forefront of RGB’s IoT division is Russell Wiles. Russell has 24 years of experience in the AV industry, having held managerial position in two leading AV companies.

“With a wealth of experience in the industry as well as a very forward thinking, professional and proactive attitude, Russell is the perfect addition to our team at RGB and has all of the attributes we need to be very successful in the IoT market place,” adds Gordon Innocent, CEO, RGB.

Russell is also looking forward to the challenge ahead. “With such great potential growth possibilities, the IoT market place is one that I am very excited to be part of” he explains.

“During my previous role, RGB became a valued customer of ours and always went about things in the most professional manner. When a chance arose recently to join the company, it presented an ideal opportunity for me to take on a new challenge.”

RGB will continue to offer the same level of technical support available to its IoT product customers as it does with its existing product portfolio. That includes access to the company’s training academy, which will be running courses on its IoT products.

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