When it comes to machine to machine (M2M) 3G gateways, there are quite a few choices in the market to go with. But one choice in particular plays well with many different carriers, and having recently completed its Sprint (News - Alert) certification process, the CloudGate from Option is a choice that's likely to be well-received by those looking for a way to make the necessary connections to make M2M happen.
Option CloudGate offers up several critical portions of M2M service in one package, including an intelligent M2M 3G gateway, an open environment for developing M2M applications, and a provisioning service that's cloud-based. With CloudGate, users get access to an M2M platform that can be used in a variety of different fashions all from one single platform. The CloudGate is built with a penta-band MDM6600 chipset from Qualcomm (News - Alert), and includes the ability to both add hardware expansion boards and custom software at the point of installation, making it a highly versatile device that can handle an array of different functions.
But CloudGate isn't just versatile from a functionality standpoint, it also works with a wide variety of different carriers to ensure connectivity is as sound as it can be. It was just recently certified for Sprint, but on top of that, it also works with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile (News - Alert), as well as Telus and Bell Mobility, meaning that the service should work smoothly in most any area, as it's likely that just about everywhere in North America has access to at least one of those networks. The desired network can also be designated at the point of installation.
Option's CEO, Jan Callewaert, also offered some commentary on the CloudGate in a set of remarks, saying: “There’s nothing else like CloudGate on the market today. The solution was developed as a direct result of speaking with all the key players in the M2M ecosystem who needed a reliable, value priced 3G gateway that reduced the amount of different products and configurations that they were required to stock. This enables them to add value through their own middleware and hosted service platforms. CloudGate is a result of Option’s twenty years of expertise in wireless technologies shipping over 14 million 3G devices worldwide with very high reliability levels providing an exceptional customer experience.”
Versatility is a terrific selling point, and a hard prospect for potential users to turn down. The ability to offer several different functions while at the same time readily slotting into most any operation on most any network that works in the area is a package that can offer a lot of value to its users. Considering the nature of the M2M market that often requires a lot of fragmented solutions, CloudGate's sheer versatility should be a real bonus to users, and the kind of thing that gets a lot of interested businesses looking harder at Origin's answer for M2M.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi