This week, embedded M2M solutions kicked off with news from Austria. Telekom Austria Group, a major communications company in Eastern and Central Europe, launched a new M2M enablement platform that will offer remote monitoring, automation and control for metering devices, industrial plants and machines in the field. This platform, called FLEXify, is a modular solution framework that will essentially give users an end-to-end solution for setting up M2M capabilities.
Bernd Liebscher, chief executive officer of Telekom Austria’s (News - Alert) M2M division, said, “M2M solutions for the optimization of products and processes are being seen as offering competitive advantage by more and more companies. With ‘FLEXify,’ we allow our customers to start with a flexible and cost effective hosted system without large development efforts or investments risks."
Also this week, intelligent wireless solutions provider Novatel Wireless announced that it will be supplying its cellular OBDII devices to DigiCore Holdings, a provider of advanced machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and telematics solutions. The agreement will benefit both the commercial and consumer markets for DigiCore. Under the agreement, Novatel will also license its N4A device manager software to DigiCore. Now that customers’ driving behaviors, locations, and times of travel are taken into account by car insurance companies, telematics can help boost the insurance market.
Stanley Security is a company that protects schools, retail shops and warehouses, monitoring them for dangers such as intrusion and fire using video surveillance, access control and monitoring applications, and monitor systems. All of this security involves sophisticated M2M technology, and with serious threats to personal safety and the security of sensitive information on the line, Stanley Security needs to have top-notch reliability in the communication between all of its devices.
Sprint (News - Alert) and electronic security company Sonitrol partnered this week to provide certified wireless air cards, routers and custom data access plans for verified security control panels in Stanley’s thousands of retail, industrial, government, commercial and educational customer sites. The partnership will ensure reliable, quality network performance across the company’s systems.
To round out the week, the company Securus has pointed out that Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s a great time to consider M2M technology like its eZoom to help keep track of your kids as they scamper from door to door trick-or-treating. eZoom is a multi-use GPS locator that will not only tell parents where their kids are currently, but also track their children’s history to see where they’ve been. Using this kind of technology allows parents to grant their children some freedom on Halloween night, without compromising their peace of mind.
Stay tuned next week for more coverage of news in the embedded M2M sector, and check back next Saturday for another Week in Review. Have a great weekend!