M2M vendor Cinterion (Munich, Germany) has launched its first industrial-grade M2M module that works on networks around the world and can therefore be used to support voice and data roaming.
Owned by Gemalto (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), the company has developed its PXS8 module for use on the network of US operator Verizon Wireless (New York, USA), which is making a push into the M2M market.
The module could give rise to new business opportunities for global enterprises that want to launch M2M services on networks operated by Verizon and its roaming partners.
According to Cinterion, it supports both global 2G and 3G standards, eliminating the need for multiple designs for worldwide M2M services.
“Gemalto’s Cinterion module, working seamlessly across Verizon Wireless and our roaming partners worldwide will create an effective environment for multinational companies to create new M2M business opportunities,” said John Sullivan, executive director of machine-to-machine platform for Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
The lack of modules that work around the world has been a barrier to the deployment of M2M, driving up rollout costs and limiting the size of addressable markets.
With PXS8, Verizon’s M2M customers will, in principle, be able to move around the company’s networks and abroad with the same module and design.
Cinterion also claims the module provides a flexible path to the future for M2M applications that require next-generation LTE mobile broadband connectivity.
Although 2G technology is used to support many of today’s M2M applications, AT&T (Dallas, USA) is just one operator that plans to shut down its 2G network in the next few years, forcing it to move M2M customers on to its 3G and 4G systems.
“This is an important development bridging the boundaries between two technologies and thus advancing the state of machine-to-machine applications on a global basis,” said Norbert Muhrer, senior vice president of Gemalto’s Cinterion M2M segment. “We are glad to build the M2M business on top of the well established partnership between Verizon and Gemalto and thus stimulate new business opportunities.”
The ultra-slim form factor of the PXS8 makes it particularly suited to space-constrained M2M applications, such as industrial PDAs, global tracking and tracing, video surveillance and onboard vehicle internet solutions, says Cinterion.