Ericsson and Gemalto aim to simplify M2M adoption

Swedish network-equipment vendor Ericsson has formed an alliance with Dutch digital-security specialist Gemalto aimed at simplifying the adoption of M2M services.

The companies say their partnership will address operators’ need to meet enterprise M2M requirements and for sophisticated business-process integration.

It will combine Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform with Gemalto’s Subscription Management Platform, providing “an integrated M2M solution”.

Swedish network-equipment vendor Ericsson has formed an alliance with Dutch digital-security specialist Gemalto aimed at simplifying the adoption of M2M services.

The companies say their partnership will address operators’ need to meet enterprise M2M requirements and for sophisticated business-process integration.

It will combine Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform with Gemalto’s Subscription Management Platform, providing “an integrated M2M solution”.

That combination is intended to reduce the complexity of M2M deployments for mobile network operators and offer “investment scalability”.

Operators using the solution will also be able to manage all kinds of devices without having to change the embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC) over the lifetime of a device, say the companies.

Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) and Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) claim to be responding to various challenges that operators face in the M2M market, where devices are used in business-critical applications over large geographical areas.

They plan to demonstrate the solution at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

The companies appear to have already attracted a high-profile customer in the shape of Telenor Connexion, the M2M division of Norwegian telecoms incumbent Telenor (Fornebu, Norway), judging by their announcement that Telenor Connexion will also demonstrate the solution at the MWC.