Winners of McRock IIoT Awards 2016 – Davra Networks, GE, and Allan Alter

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Toronto, Ontario–(June 8, 2016) McRock Capital Corporation, a leading venture capital fund manager  focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced the 3 category winners of the  McRock IIoT Awards during its 5th Annual McRock IIoT Symposium in Montreal. The inaugural McRock IIoT  awards program recognizes organizations and individuals in three categories; IIoT Private Company of the  Year, IIoT Corporate Leader of the Year, and IIoT Influencer of the Year. The winners were selected by an  industry-led judging committee. The judges for the 2016 awards were Ron Sege, Chairman and CEO of  Echelon Corporation, Peter Williams, CTO of Big Green Innovations with IBM, and Peter Van Deventer,  Chief Marketing Officer at Tessera Technologies.  

McRock IIoT Private Company of the Year – Davra Networks 




This award is presented to a privately held technology company that has demonstrated an IIoT product  or service that has gained solid customer traction selling into industrial markets. Headquartered in Dublin  Ireland, Davra Networks has developed a platform that firmly targets the connected transportation space  by collecting and utilizing data from vehicles, infrastructure and connected sensors. Now used by over 60  customers worldwide including police forces, mass transit and railways, Davra is becoming the default  when connecting anything with wheels.

McRock IIoT Corporate Leader of the Year – GE  




This award is presented to a corporation driving IIoT adoption by demonstrating a unique and successful  IIoT solution internally or with a customer. In 2012, GE’s Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt got behind the term  Industrial Internet to transform the multinational conglomerate, which traces its history back to Thomas  Edison in 1878, into a digital industrial company. In 2015, GE announced the creation of GE Digital, a new  unit intended to make digital the core foundation of GE’s operations. GE has lead the IIoT market with its  Predix platform, a cloud-based service designed to meet the unique security, scale and speed  requirements of industrial-strength machines. More than 7,500 developers from within and outside GE  and its customers including Boeing, ConocoPhillips and Pitney Bowes are building on the Predix platform.  To quote Jeff Immelt, “If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up this  morning as a software and analytics company”. 

McRock IIoT Influencer of the Year – Allan Alter, Senior Research Fellow at Accenture 





This award is presented to an individual that has experienced success in the IIoT in some meaningful  capacity such as a CEO setting strategy, a developer creating a product, and everything in between. Allan  Alter is a senior research fellow specializing in the impact of technology on enterprises at the Accenture  Institute for High Performance in Boston. He leads projects as part of the Institute’s global research  agenda in the areas of information, technology strategy and digital business. In November 2015, Allan  authored “Why the IIoT spells jobs for information technology professionals”. Allan’s work has been  published in numerous business and technology publications, including the Harvard Business Review, the  Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Financial Times, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Allan has been a key  researcher helping organizations understand the implications and opportunities as large industrial  markets connect their physical and digital assets. 

About the McRock IIoT Awards – The awards program was designed to recognize 3 categories of  corporations and individuals advancing and impacting the direction of the Industrial Internet of Things  (IIoT) – Private Company of the Year, Corporate Leader of the Year and Influencer of the Year.  

About McRock Capital – McRock is the first dedicated Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) venture capital  fund focused on the intersection of sensors and software in large industrial markets. The McRock team  has a unique background of building high-growth venture-backed IIoT companies while also having  worked in the power, water, oil and gas industries. McRock is backed by several leading institutional  investors as well as Cisco Systems and Électricité de France (EDF). Visit or follow  us on Twitter@McRockCapital.