Controlco, Optigo Networks Announce Partnership to Advance Separation of OT Networks

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Combined efforts spur buildings IoT progress and innovation worldwide

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. and VANCOUVER, Canada, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, California-based automation distributor Controlco announces it is the primary North American distributor for Vancouver-based Optigo Networks, opening the door to an era of building networks that separate operational technology (OT) from information technology (IT) for building-IoT integrations.

“Convergence is not the simple solution it once was,” said Controlco President Chip Cummins. “And the number of smart devices on building networks will only keep growing. With that comes increased divisions between IT and OT staff capabilities, and an urgent need to secure everything from individual devices to full networks. We see this partnership with Optigo Networks as a way to help integrators advance their capabilities while delivering next generation operational technology to their building clients.”

Optigo Networks’ suite of hardware products, including its popular Optigo Connect family, offer easy-to-manage switches available with secure networks and a fraction of traditional infrastructure requirements. This partnership expands Optigo Connect’s availability throughout North America, and advances Optigo and Controlco’s shared vision of separate OT networks.

“We are thrilled to partner with Controlco to advocate for separate OT networks,” said Dan Ronald, VP Product Management at Optigo Networks. “Convergence leaves network systems vulnerable to attacks; with a growing number of connected devices in buildings worldwide, those vulnerabilities have massive implications. Optigo Connect is the backbone that smart buildings need, and now Controlco can help them get it.”

Through this North American distributor partnership, systems integrators and facility managers will have easy access to Optigo Connect and support in their OT transition.

About Controlco
Controlco specializes in products and knowledge for the Internet of Things (IoT) as it is used in commercial and industrial buildings. We distribute the industry’s best operational technology devices, controllers, sensors, software and accessories for building owners and operators to succeed at challenging IoT building projects.

About Optigo Networks
Optigo Networks is shaping the future of the commercial Internet of Things (IoT). Optigo uses visualization and anomaly detection to enable explosive growth of IoT in buildings. Optigo is the first to address the growing complexity of maintaining the thousands of little machines that make our buildings comfortable, efficient, and secure. Optigo’s solutions are used every day in a rising number of buildings around the world.

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