Verizon Places Another Bet on Internet of Things With Latest Acqusition

Verizon Communications (VZ) is aggressively using M&A a good way to increase its footprint within the lot-ballyhooed Net of things.

The telecom massive introduced Monday that it has agreed to acquire privately-held Density Structures for an undisclosed sum. Based totally in Sunnyvale, Calif., Density Structures builds Light Sensory Networks (LSN) that goal to enhance lighting fixtures control and energy performance. LSN is at the back of the concept of a “smart metropolis,” which refers back to the idea of the usage of the IoT to manage a city’s residences and Structures which includes energy plant life and water delivery networks.

The acquisition, which is the problem to standard regulatory approvals, is predicted to close in the fourth area.

Verizon is bringing Density Structures to the fold only a little over a month after it agreed to buy Fleetmatics Institution (FLTX) for $2.four billion in a pass to reinforce to bolster its skills in telematics, a segment of IoT. In advance this yr, the employer additionally agreed to collect Telogis for an undisclosed sum.

“Verizon continues to round out its abilities in Net of things,” said Edward Jones analyst Dave Heger via cell phone, adding that IoT has regularly been cited as a future ability growth driving force for Verizon.

Even as Density Structures itself won’t generate a big amount of service revenue from connecting street lighting and prevent lighting, the analytics at the back off allowing such offerings represents a greater vast revenue opportunity, Heger introduced.

Verizon has been aggressively identifying and investing in numerous quit-markets for IoT — whether or not or not it’s telematics or city governments. Nonetheless, the IoT revenue continues to be just a drop in the bucket for Verizon, he defined, adding that this can in all likelihood be the case for pretty a while.