Axeda, Hytec target UK health sector with IoT platform

M2M platform provider Axeda claims to have developed a service that will allow medical product manufacturers to deploy connected products at hospitals and healthcare organizations in the UK in compliance with government rules on machine-data protection.

The M2M company has developed the service in partnership with managed hosting specialist Hytec (Oxford, UK), and says it will reduce the cost and complexity associated with connecting to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) network in a secure way.

Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA) says the service will allow manufacturers to focus their time and efforts on core business activities and the development of new value-added services.

The NHS requires companies to comply with Department of Health standards and guidelines as well as data protection legislation when developing products for use on its N3 Network.

The N3 is a private NHS national network that links hospitals, medical centers and GPs in the UK and happens to be one of the largest virtual private networks in Europe.

Axeda and Hytec say their solution supports Axeda agents and connected products and meets all of the NHS criteria.

Hytec is also working with medical device makers to make sure they meet security and governance requirements of the NHS.

The companies have indicated the solution is already available and being deployed by a few Axeda customers.

“In the era of the IoT, delivering leading edge solutions is a significant priority,” said Bill Zujewski, Axeda’s chief marketing officer. “Axeda is focused on providing customers with the solutions they need to confidently move forward with world-wide IoT [Internet of Things] deployments.“

“Our portfolio of cloud solutions allows our customers to address requirements and focus on growth,” he added.

Axeda’s IoT platform is described as a cloud-based service that allows enterprises to rapidly integrate M2M data into key applications and systems.