ASX-listed CCP Technologies Limited – which provides an IoT critical control point (CCP) management system to the food industry — has signed a distribution agreement with Dicker Data, Australia’s largest ICT hardware distributor.

Dicker Data (ASX:DDR) will offer the CCP solution to its national network of 5,000 resellers, a move that CCP says will significantly extend its growth opportunities.

Michael White, CCP’s executive director and CEO, said Dicker Data was the most sought-after IT distribution partner in Australia and the agreement would create a significant market opportunity.

“There’s one distribution partner the world’s leading technology companies select to represent their products in the Australian market, and that’s Dicker Data,” he said.

“Given the millions of monitoring points across the customer base of Dicker Data’s reseller network, even a small penetration by CCP will have a dramatic impact on our revenue base.”

David Dicker, Dicker Data’s chairman and CEO, said the company’s resellers would be able to offer CCP’s ready to-deploy solutions to deliver tangible insights and business results with minimal implementation overheads to business customers in multiple market segments.

CCP says it offers “a cost-effective IoT platform to manage food safety compliance and refrigeration performance to drive business improvement” to “an increasing list of customers in Australia and North America [that] includes many well-known corporate brands looking for an enterprise-grade IoT critical control point management system.”

CCP captures data using IoT sensors and various communication networks. The data is delivered to its cloud platform where it is analysed to deliver business intelligence. Customers access this information through web and mobile dashboards; and they receive real-time alerts via SMS, email and push notifications.

The company’s first target market is temperature monitoring for the food industry, where food safety regulation, energy savings and waste reduction favour the adoption of low-cost automated solutions.

However, CCP sees refrigeration temperature monitoring in the food industry as only the first application. The company describes critical control points as the points in a supply chain where a failure of standard operating procedure has the potential to cause serious harm to people and to a business’ reputation and bottom line.

Standard critical control points include temperature, energy, environment (eg air and water quality, pH, chemicals, noise, acoustics and gases) and movement. CCP recently announced on social media that the ACT Government had joined the CCP network, and that ACT Health was using the CCP platform to monitor vaccine storage facilities.