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History of B+B SmartWorx

Founded in 1981, B+B SmartWorx, formerly B&B Electronics, provided intelligent M2M and IoT connectivity solutions for wireless and wired networks. The company designed and built device connectivity and network infrastructure products that deliver intelligent connectivity at the “edge” of networks in remote and demanding environments.

B&B Electronics began solving data connectivity problems with a simple RS-232 data line tester and a $40 ad in Byte magazine.  The company grew as B&B went on to address issues like electrical spikes and surges, the need for seamless media conversion, and the increasingly complex topologies of the world’s industrial networks.

Most B&B products were developed in house. When there was a strategic fit, B&B acquired highly focused technology companies that already specialized in answering specific data connectivity questions.

- Quatech, brought expertise in Wi-Fi connectivity products for industrial networks
- Conel s.r.o, added their advanced line of industrial grade cellular routers
- IMC Networks, specialized in fiber media conversion

After three decades of growth and over 3 million M2M connections with success stories around the world, B&B acquired a global reputation as a manufacturer of resilient, reliable data connectivity hardware products.

The emerging Industrial Internet of Things has transformed data networking, and B&B responded to both the need —and the opportunity — to transform as a company.  A critical part of that transformation was the development of B&B’s advanced IoT technologies. These “intelligence at the network edge” platforms led the company to a new position in the Internet of Things industry and drove the decision in 2015 to change its name to B+B SmartWorx.

At the start of 2016, B+B SmartWorx became part of the global Advantech family, and began operating as Advantech B+BSmartWorx.  As part of the company’s global Industrial IoT Business group, B+B SmartWorx leads Advantech’s new Intelligent Networking Business Sector in developing smart networking products.

Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leader in providing trusted, innovative embedded and automation products and solutions.  Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, and global logistics support.  To learn more about Advantech visit their corporate site at http://www.advantech.com.

In 2020, the Advantech B+B SmartWorx estore was transitioned to Advantech's IoTMart ecommerce store. The goal of IoTMart is to provide fast shipment on component items for US customers who prefer to purchase online. Shipping terms and conditions will follow B+B SmartWorx terms until 2021. Payments related to Aonline IoTMart purchases will be paid to / charged by B+B Smartworx (or B&B Electronics) until 2021.  

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