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History of Advantech B+B SmartWorx


Founded in 1981, B+B SmartWorx, formerly B&B Electronics, provides intelligent M2M and IoT connectivity solutions for wireless and wired networks.   The company designs and builds 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 are developed in house and when there was a strategic fit, B&B acquired highly focused technology companies that already specialized in answering specific data connectivity questions.

  • Quatech, experts in Wi-Fi connectivity products for industrial networks.
  • Conel s.r.o, with their advanced line of industrial grade cellular routers.
  • IMC Networks, specialists in fiber media conversion.

After three decades of growth and over 3 million M2M connections with success stories around the world, B&B has 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 has 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 will be operating as Advantech B+B SmartWorx.  As part of the company’s Global Industrial IoT Business group, B+B SmartWorx will lead 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: http://advantech.com