ENTERPRISE MOBILITY

Converge IoT signs Distribution Agreement with Vuzix

Converge IoT | March 23, 2022

Converge IoT is a T-Mobile for Business Channel Partner Program National Distributor/Primary Agent, and will offer Vuzix smart glasses across numerous business verticals on 5G networks of T-Mobile, which is the country's biggest, fastest, and most reliable 5G network.

Companies with field technical personnel, such as residential and commercial property maintenance, construction, healthcare, utilities, automotive, and others, are projected to benefit the most from Vuzix smart glasses solutions.

Converge IoT strives to be a leader in innovative solutions that utilize 4G and 5G wireless connectivity.  The addition of Vuzix to our line-up is the perfect example of how 5G will transform how companies do business today. We look forward to supporting direct customers and resellers to deliver Vuzix smart glasses."

Mark Savage, CEO of Converge IoT 

Paul Travers, President, and CEO of Vuzix said that "We are continuing to increase the number of sales and support options available to North American customers with the addition of established distribution partners such as Converge IoT. Vuzix smart glasses will support their efforts to help T-Mobile for Business customers gain a competitive advantage by using technological tools for the design of digital work processes across production, logistics, retail, field services, and healthcare."

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