Japan’s NEC and Hong Kong’s Maestro Wireless have formed a strategic partnership aimed at exploiting global M2M business opportunities.
Under the agreement, NEC (Tokyo, Japan) will integrate its CONNEXIVE service platform with hardware developed by Maestro (Hong Kong) to provide an improved M2M offering to mobile operator and enterprise customers.
Bell Canada has become the latest operator to launch a portal allowing business customers to manage M2M services.
The operator’s new M2M Management Centre has been developed in collaboration with network vendor Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden), which is playing an ever-more prominent role in the M2M space, having recently concluded a platform deal with France’s Orange Business Services (Paris).
Orange Business Services has become the latest customer of Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform (DCP) in a deal that should boost the operator’s prospects in the burgeoning global market for M2M services.
The operator – the enterprise arm of French telecoms incumbent Orange – says the agreement will allow its customers to deploy, manage and scale up M2M devices and applications that cater to multinational needs.
Customers will be able to use a service portal to manage and control their installed base of SIMs and monitor performance.
M2M platform provider ILS Technology has topped a new security ranking compiled by ABI Research, with Axeda and Sierra Wireless coming in second and third places respectively.
The assessment looked at eight security providers, comparing the companies on several criteria related to product implementation and vendor innovation.
Besides topping a ranking on security, ILS Technology (Boca Raton, FL, USA) also came first in the innovation category, followed by Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA) in second place and Numerex (Atlanta, GA, USA) in third.
Expanding its role in the M2M value chain, Aeris Communications has launched a cloud-based platform providing data management and analytics functionality for M2M applications.
The company, which operates a CDMA-based network exclusively for M2M services, says the launch of AerCloud will expand its product line-up all the way from the network through to the applications.
The platform is aimed at helping application developers to collect and store data, mine it for insights and then allow it to be used in applications and by third parties.
Argentina’s Claro has been unveiled as the latest operator to become a customer of M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless, raising questions about the potential involvement of Claro owner America Movil in the Jasper-led M2M alliance.
The operator, which runs the biggest mobile network in Argentina, says the deal will help its operating companies in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to deliver new services through connected enterprise and consumer electronics devices.
Application development platform specialist Axeda is to provide cloud-based services to software giant Microsoft in a deal it has heralded as a “significant milestone” for the business.
The agreement will see Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA) support connectivity, two-way secure communications and machine data streaming from industry devices on behalf of Microsoft (Seattle, WA, USA).
Axeda claims its technology will help Microsoft analyze machine data to improve business processes.
Axeda has said Todd DeSisto is to become its new chief executive and received a fresh injection of funding totaling $12 million.
The company – which develops cloud-based software and services for M2M applications – is promoting DeSisto from his current position as chief financial and operating officer.
Before joining Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA), DeSisto worked for a variety of companies in the telecoms industry and he boasts more than 20 years of leadership experience.
Middle East telecoms giant Etisalat has announced the launch of an M2M Control Center that it says will allow enterprise customers to activate, manage and quickly scale up their connected-device businesses and deployments.
The facility is powered by M2M platform specialist Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA), a member of the unnamed M2M alliance that involves Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) and a range of other multinational operators.
Globe Telecom, the Philippines’ second-biggest telecoms operator, has reported a massive fall in net income due to investments it has been forced to make in improving its network.
The operator saw net income for the first half of 2013 drop by 73%, to PHP1.4 billion ($32.1 million), despite growing revenues by 9%, to PHP44.5 billion, over the same period.