Asset-tracking player AirIQ is to use M2M connectivity services from Kore Telematics to support services for customers in North America and Europe.
The agreement allows AirIQ – whose customers include commercial fleets and vehicle dealers targeting the consumer market – to offer customers access to GSM-, GPRS- and CDMA-based network services.
“Kore [Alpharetta, GA, USA] offers the best in coverage, choice and reliability in M2M connectivity, which will allow AirIQ to deliver the most advanced and reliable GPS technology and services to its customers,” said Donald Gibbs, the chief executive of AirIQ (Pickering, Ontario). “KORE’s diversity means multiple customizable technologies for AirIQ’s subscribers depending on their individual usage and needs.”
Kore says the agreement is important because it will lay the groundwork for the transition from one network to another as technologies change and customers demand increasingly advanced M2M applications.
In January, Kore launched an “educational program” in collaboration with hardware player Multi-Tech Systems aimed at helping M2M customers plan for the transition from 2G to 3G and 4G networks.
As Kore noted in its statement, more than 90% of M2M connections run over 2G networks, and yet both AT&T and Verizon Wireless – the USA’s two biggest mobile network operators – have announced plans to decommission their 2G networks over the next few years.
Kore said its latest deal would provide AirIQ with greater flexibility for its M2M services.
“Any M2M solution requires consistent geographic coverage, redundant architecture and a multiplicity of network options available in a single resource in order to perform ‘as designed’,” said Robert Metzler, Kore’s executive vice president of sales and marketing.