Numerex builds UK presence, advances M2M standardization during TIA 2011

Secure M2M product and service provider Numerex Corp Monday announced the opening of its London office and a collaboration with Arkessa Limited, to foster Numerex's advance in the European M2M market. In a separate press release, last week Numerex announced its participation in various M2M standardization activities around TIA 2011, the US Telecommunications Industry Association's annual industry event, which will take place at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, May 17-20, 2011. In particular, Dr. Jeffrey O. Smith, Chief Technical Officer of Numerex, will be chairing the first international meeting of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) M2M Standardization Task Force (MSTF) on May 18th, which will gather M2M experts from all over the world.

London office and Arkessa collaboration
According to the Numerex press release, the European M2M market is showing visible signs of rapid improvement, driven by a favorable regulatory environment and increased awareness of the technology capabilities. In a recent announcement, International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that "the European machine-to-machine (M2M) market is quickly recovering from the economic crisis of 2008-2009 and is starting to prosper again with growth rates exceeding 12% over the 2010-2015 period" (IDC press release of February 28, 2011).

Arkessa, headquartered in Cambridge, England, is an established presence in the M2M market in the United Kingdom and provides European systems integrators and major corporate users with wide area wireless internet connections and services that enable remote information and management for a multitude of users.

Arkessa provides European systems integrators and corporate users with cellular-based wireless internet connectivity and data services, enabling the connection, control and management of remote systems and equipment for a multitude of users across borders and applications. The critical factors leading to Numerex's selection of Arkessa as a partner in Europe were its market presence and focus on pervasive, secure, and reliable connectivity, which allows its users to extract information from the harvested data in real-time.

"Arkessa provides Numerex with a proven, solid, European presence that delivers a package of additional data service capabilities coupled with market reach and insight. Our customers will also benefit from access to highly reliable and rapidly available M2M turnkey solutions developed through, by and with Numerex," stated Ian Orrock, Executive Chairman of Arkessa.

"Through partnerships with wireless carriers and infrastructure providers, we have built a seamless and ubiquitous M2M development platform, which has contributed to establishing a robust international service offering," said Louis Fienberg, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Numerex. "The growing interest in our products and services received from the UK, and elsewhere in Europe, has led us to strengthen our presence in that market. With the addition of Arkessa's expertise and our London office, we are now in a much better position to respond quickly and effectively to European customers' needs." As an integral part of this strategic relationship, Numerex has acquired a minority stake in Arkessa. Funds will be used to support Arkessa's expanding business development initiatives.

The Numerex UK office is headed by Simon Glassman, a telecommunications veteran with a broad and deep experience and knowledge of the European M2M industry acquired with market leaders such as TomTom, Symbian, and Unisys.

The Numerex European expansion will focus on presenting Numerex's products and services combined with Arkessa's, to the European market, and developing relationships with European companies interested in extending their M2M activities using the Numerex platform in the North American market and beyond.

Numerex to chair M2M standardization task force at TIA
Numerex last week announced its participation in various M2M standardization activities around TIA 2011, including the participation of its CTO, Dr. Jeffrey O. Smith, as chairperson of the first international meeting of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) M2M Standardization Task Force (MSTF) on May 18th. Global M2M trends and perspective will be reviewed in order to foster harmonization and compatibility of various standardization undertakings currently underway worldwide.

Numerex is playing a central role in promoting the vital importance of standardization for the global M2M industry in close liaison with TIA and its members.

"M2M is an area that has received considerable attention at TIA in the last few years, as it is arguably one of the fastest growing segments of the telecommunications industry. We are extremely pleased to host the GSC MSTF meeting, convened by Dr. Smith of Numerex," said Grant Seiffert, President of TIA. "M2M is one of the key educational tracks that we will feature during TIA 2011: Inside the Network."

Following the GSC MSTF meeting, Dr. Smith will also moderate a panel on M2M standardization in the 4:30 p.m. session of the M2M track at TIA 2011 on May 19th, and chair the TIA TR-50 engineering committee meeting on smart device communications. The TR-50 subcommittee on requirements and architecture and the TR-50 Ad Hoc group on smart device security will also meet during TIA 2011.

"Numerex views M2M standards as critical catalysts of the market expansion that will rapidly generate economies of scale. We have been working actively with groups and forums around the world to speed up the arrival of M2M standards," said Stratton Nicolaides, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Numerex. "TIA's vision regarding the direction of M2M parallels Numerex's. We have found in TIA an ally that understands the market dynamics and its requirements."

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