Telefonica UK, which operates the O2 brand, on Thursday announced that it has partnered with Jasper Wireless to deploy a new platform for the management of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. The cloud-based management platform will enable Telefonica UK customers to roll out connected devices quickly, manage them in real time and deliver global support. The platform is already operational and is currently being rolled in a number of projects.
Jasper Wireless’ Control Centre is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that provides customers with global visibility of all SIMs connected to the mobile network. It allows customers to distribute connected devices with self-service tools for provisioning, real-time diagnostics and usage controls, says the company. It provides a live view of how devices are connecting to and using the mobile network, says Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, Calif., USA).
The partnership combines Jasper Wireless’ experience of working with global device manufacturers with Telefonica (Madrid) UK’s experience in communications and a market position in the M2M market. This new capability will allow both organizations to bring to market M2M applications and services - including vehicle telematics and smart metering - in a secure way; and also to help Telefonica UK M2M partners grow their businesses.
The partnership is part of a global strategy, started in Spain, where Telefónica already provides global M2M connectivity thanks to this agreement.
“The UK is seeing strong M2M growth as the Telefonica UK M2M team supports the development of the ecosystem and the development of new solutions within the ‘Internet of Things’ such as Smart City deployments. As a result, we are witnessing a myriad of new connected devices from vendors and partners across every industry,” said Gilli Coston, Head of M2M at Telefónica UK.