Technicolor launches M2M analytics service with IBM

Global media and entertainment player Technicolor has launched a new service in partnership with IT giant IBM that provides monitoring, management and analytics for M2M cloud solutions.

Branded Virdata, the service is targeted at the consumer electronics, automotive, utilities, health, industrial automation and retail industries and is said to include a real-time and historical big data analytics stack.

Technicolor (Issy les Moulineaux, Paris) appears to have teamed up with IBM (Armonk, NY, USA) to take advantage of the IT player’s SoftLayer cloud capabilities and provide customers with more scalable services.

The companies say they are demonstrating various features of the Virdata service at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including the use of on-board diagnostics to analyze performance data in a connected car, and tracking patient data with a heartbeat monitor.

“Technicolor’s foray into services that enable businesses to conduct faster and more thorough analysis of big data and apply that information is a logical extension of our commitment to develop innovative solutions to address the expanding digital market and to leverage existing assets for scale or access to broader ecosystems,” said Vince Pizzica, president of corporate partnerships and ventures for Technicolor.

“Employing these strategies, Virdata is working with IBM, the global leader in cloud, to bring an exciting new approach to Internet of Things services,” he added.

Technicolor says Virdata’s “cloud-agnostic architecture” will drive interoperability and says it is currently working with application partners like Nexstep, a customer-care application based on IBM’s Worklight technology, and Olea Sensor Networks, which is developing disruptive wireless Heart Sensor and accompanied analytics.

The company says Virdata also “embraces” open-source technologies such as the Cloud Foundry and OpenStack initiatives.

Technicolor is also collaborating with academic research facilities at the University of California, Berkeley, on emerging real-time in-memory analytics stacks, and with Ghent University in Belgium on data analytics.

It has also joined the Smart TV Alliance, aimed at facilitating the development of interactive content for TV displays.