Belgacom launches “factory” to spur M2M adoption

Belgian telecoms incumbent Belgacom has followed several European peers into the field of M2M application management, launching a new platform for M2M developers and companies looking to take advantage of M2M services.

Branded the “Belgacom M2M factory”, the new platform will allow customers to design and manage M2M applications using the various hardware, applications and connectivity building blocks available though Belgacom’s (Brussels, Belgium) fixed and mobile networks.

Belgian telecoms incumbent Belgacom has followed several European peers into the field of M2M application management, launching a new platform for M2M developers and companies looking to take advantage of M2M services.

Branded the “Belgacom M2M factory”, the new platform will allow customers to design and manage M2M applications using the various hardware, applications and connectivity building blocks available though Belgacom’s (Brussels, Belgium) fixed and mobile networks.

The operator already provides an M2M connectivity platform that lets customers manage devices in a more flexible manner, but it says the M2M factory goes a step further and makes complex application programming “a thing of the past”.

The technology platform appears to have been developed by technology and product developer ILS Technology (Boca Raton, FL, USA), which was acquired last month by module maker Telit (London, UK) and recently topped a security ranking of vendors compiled by ABI Research, beating rivals Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA) and Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) on that measure.

However, Belgacom also notes the involvement in the project of M2M gateway provider Option (Leuven, Belgium), whose CloudGate product is to form a part of the offering.

Option swung to a net loss for the first six months of the year due to the expiration of a lucrative licensing agreement with China’s Huawei (Shenzhen), but the Belgian company recently announced major progress on attracting European partners and should enjoy a boost from its deal with Belgacom.

Belgacom says its main purpose in collaborating with different technology partners is to ensure that customers can “use the machines seamlessly, without any further adaptations being required”.

It also claims that many companies are not seeing the maximum benefit from M2M because they are forced to spend time monitoring devices manually.

“With Belgacom’s new M2M offering, companies can from now on deploy easily and rapidly innovative M2M applications without large software development efforts,” it said.

Like other European operators, Belgacom is looking to M2M to reverse a decline in revenues from traditional voice and messaging activities.

Last week, the operator reported a 3.2% drop in third-quarter revenues, to €1.57 billion, compared with the same period of 2012.