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Appirio to Bring the Internet of Things to Life

The IoT industry is growing at a rapid pace, however many companies in the emerging space are not ready yet

Appirio announced that Brivo Labs, an Internet of Things company leading the way in the emerging social access management market, is utilizing topcoder's 600,000+ member development and design crowdsourcing community to accelerate the creation of innovative applications.

The Internet of Things industry is growing at a rapid pace, however many companies in the emerging space have not actually had products go to market yet. Working with the topcoder community, Brivo Labs is outpacing its competition by way of crowdsourcing, spending a fraction of the cost of hiring developers internally. In six months, the crowdsourcing model has enabled the company to successfully launch four products, using five different skill areas -- mobile/device integration, Web APIs, JavaScript, Salesforce and single sign on (SSO) -- that connect virtual communities with physical spaces and devices.

"The strategic innovation of the topcoder community enabled us to go hard and go fast out-of-the-gate, executing our vision to simplify and enhance everyday experiences on a modest budget. The quality of work was top notch and everything that was promised was delivered, if not exceeded," said Lee Odess, general manager of Brivo Labs. "As we look to expand our business, the crowdsourcing model will allow us to scale quickly and produce more applications that ultimately improve our customers' quality of life."

Prior to its work with topcoder, Brivo Labs explored several traditional development models like outsourcing and hiring in-house developers. The decision to work with topcoder was a simple one -- the crowd not only made it possible for Brivo Labs to create products like a OKDoor, a Google Glass integration application, quickly and efficiently, but do so with a 40 percent cost savings compared to alternative options.

"Through its innovative applications, Brivo Labs is changing the way people interact with the world around them, and the company has only just begun to make its mark in the Internet of Things arena," said Narinder Singh, president of topcoder and co-founder of Appirio. "The topcoder community has proven to be a successful way for Brivo Labs to set itself apart from the competition and we're proud that it is part of the company's growth strategy."

In January Brivo Labs received the Appirio Cloud Pioneer Award -- an award that recognizes and highlights the top thought leaders and influencers among Appirio's customers. Later this month, Appirio will be co-presenting with Brivo Labs at the Open Innovation Summit in Baltimore, MD, on the topic of crowdsourcing to accelerate digital innovation.

About Appirio
Appirio is a global cloud consultancy that helps customers achieve results in weeks, not years by harnessing the power of the world's top talent. Appirio's 600,000 member topcoder community and crowdsourcing platform, combined with the company's business and technical expertise, have helped 700+ enterprises confidently use technology to increase innovation and transform business. Founded in 2006, Appirio is a trusted partner to companies such as Apria, Coca-Cola, eBay, Facebook, Japan Post Network, L'Oreal, NetApp, The Four Seasons and Virgin America.

About Brivo Labs
Brivo Labs is a business unit of Brivo Systems LLC and leverages their core services. Brivo Systems LLC is a SaaS-based company that has been connecting hundreds of thousands of remote devices to millions of users for over 10 years. A wholly owned subsidiary of The Duchossois Group, headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, which owns AMX, The Chamberlain Group and Milestone AV Technologies. Duchossois also holds strategic interests in Churchill Downs, Inc., and a number of other diversified businesses.

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