Sierra Wireless (British Columbia, Canada) and Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) last week announced they are collaborating to help application developers, product manufacturers, and machine-to-machine (M2M) service providers deploy new services. The two companies will co-market Sierra Wireless’ M2M Cloud Platform and Sierra Wireless will support Sprint modules pre-certified on its network.
Under the agreement, Sprint M2M partners and customers can use Sierra Wireless’ “AirVantage” cloud platform to develop, deploy, and manage their M2M applications. Through this collaboration, Sprint will provide M2M infrastructure, application development and deployment features to customers.
According to a Sierra Wireless spokesperson, using its cloud allows OEM’s to deploy M2M applications quicker than if they build the applications themselves because the M2M infrastructure is already available.
“Customers can connect to the Sprint network because a monthly subscription model is more affordable than the upfront capital expense to build the M2M infrastructure, including servers, firewalls, wireless messaging and VPN’s,” says the Sierra Wireless spokesperson.
“For M2M to reach its potential and deliver benefits to the maximum number of industries and organizations, it needs to be simple to develop, deploy, and manage connected devices,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, senior vice president and general manager at Solutions and Services for Sierra Wireless.
Siera Wireless already has similar deals with KPN (Hague, Netherlands), AT&T (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and Verizon Wireless (New York).