Router manufacturer Encore Networks has teamed up with MVNO Wyless to offer what they call a “4G wireless starter kit” for M2M applications.
The two companies say the new kit will allow customers to develop and test industrial M2M applications at no cost before they commit to a long-term wireless data plan.
The package includes an Encore (Chantilly, VA, USA) router, technical support and up to 500 megabytes of free data on the 4G network of Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) – prepaid for 60 days by Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA).
“Both Encore and Wyless understand that every application has its own unique requirements and that customers need access to a wide range of highly specialized products and services backed by dedicated support,” said Peter Madsen, the president of Encore.
“The kit we’ve developed addresses these requirements and provides network engineers the time and a risk-free approach to the challenges of deploying robust, scalable and secure M2M applications,” he added.
The companies claim the starter kit is an “out-of-the-box” solution that can be set up in minutes and will allow customers to deploy mission-critical applications in a variety of sectors, including energy, finance, security and healthcare.
“With the proliferation of higher bandwidth consuming applications and the rapid development of 4G, the wireless landscape is quickly evolving,” said Dan McDuffie, the president of Wyless.
“Even the name M2M is changing to the ‘Internet of Things’,” added McDuffie. “This evolution is an exciting opportunity for both Wyless and Encore as we offer a smarter approach to the complexities of deploying and integrating legacy data and IP machines using wireless router technology and high-speed 4G connectivity.”
According to a recent paper from Machina Research, LTE modules will account for more than two thirds of all modules shipped for use in wireless wide area networks in 2022, up from just 0.5% in 2013.
Machina reckons 4G adoption will be driven by what it calls a “perfect storm” of circumstances, including the decommissioning of 2G networks, rapidly expanding LTE coverage and falling equipment prices.