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).
The companies claim the portal will let customers view, administer and control network-connected devices through a dashboard interface, helping them to improve operating efficiency and cut costs.
“Canadian businesses of all kinds are connecting their remote meters, tracking tools and other devices on Canada’s best networks with Bell [Montreal, Canada],” said Nauby Jaco, Bell Mobility’s vice president of services, products and content. “Our new M2M Management Centre makes these connected machines more manageable and more productive for our customers,”
Bell expects the number of M2M connections in Canada to nearly double between now and 2016, to 3.6 million, and reckons the M2M Management Centre will help to maximize efficiency when companies are managing large portfolios of devices.
The deal represents another big M2M win for Ericsson, which says the service provided to Bell has already been successfully deployed by a number of leading operators in other parts of the world.
Indeed, there seems a growing possibility that Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform could become the driving force behind the Global M2M Association involving Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany), France Telecom (Paris, France), Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy) and TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden).
Following the deal announced earlier this month, the Ericsson platform is now used by Orange and TeliaSonera, and analysts have urged other members of the GMA to adopt the technology instead of using their own connectivity platforms.
Steve Hilton, an principal analyst with Analysys Mason, reckons the use of a single platform would reduce complexity and cost for GMA members.
A rival M2M alliance involving the likes of Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), KPN (The Hague, Netherlands), VimpelCom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and NTT DoCoMo (Tokyo, Japan) has adopted a rival system developed by Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA).