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The 2022 Tech Innovator Awards

Rick Whiting

From among more than 260 applicants, CRN staff selected products spanning the IT industry – including in cloud, infrastructure, security, storage and devices – that offer ground-breaking functionality, differentiation and partner opportunity.

Internet of Things

Winner: AWS IoT ExpressLink

AWS IoT ExpressLink connectivity software powers a range of hardware modules developed by AWS partners such as Espressif, Infineon and U-blox. The connectivity modules include software that implements AWS-mandated security requirements, enabling OEM developers to build secure IoT devices that connect to the cloud and seamlessly integrate with a range of AWS services. AWS IoT ExpressLink modules are preconfigured with cloud connectivity and security technology, allow developers to focus their design efforts on building innovative applications, slash development times from years to weeks, reduce development costs and accelerate time to market.


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Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at

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