Vodafone and Intel partner for new M2M development kit

Designed around Atom-based architecture

Vodafone (London) and Intel (Santa Clara, CA, USA) will co-develop a new kit that will allow companies to embed M2M functionality into products. The kit will be built around Intel's "Atom" class processor, and supported by service from Vodafone's network.

Target applications include smart meters, connected vehicles, or even entire smart buildings, according to a joint statement.

The news arrives only a day after Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom announced a cross-border cooperative M2M initiative.

According to Erik Brenneis, head of Vodafone's M2M unit, "the M2M market has the potential to boost customer service and profit margins, but take up has been partly held back by the complexity of installing and managing the technology. This new collaboration will create a simple way for businesses to firstly connect devices to the Internet then manage the wireless connectivity of these devices across the world."

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