M2M managed services provider Wyless has become the latest M2M player to court application developers with its launch of a development kit in partnership with ClearConnex, an M2M device engineering company, and components distributor Symmetry.
The companies claim their Telit-based M2M Quickstart Developer Kit will accelerate the development, testing and deployment of M2M applications by providing “everything an M2M device developer requires to accelerate their time to market”.
Under their arrangement, Symmetry (Los Angeles, CA, USA) will distribute the developer kit along with a demonstration version of ClearConnex’s (Raleigh, NC, USA) ClearLink software platform and a 90-day free trial of Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) network services.
“When combined with the free 90-day trial of Wyless GSM or CDMA service, available in over 120 countries, this Telit [London, UK] developer kit is unparalleled in the M2M industry,” said Patty Steiman, vice president of operations for Symmetry Electronics.
The announcement follows the launch of new M2M development kits by Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) in late June.
The German operator – which is the majority owner of the T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) network in the US – says it is reaching out to programmers that are looking to develop cloud-based M2M applications.
Meanwhile, network operator Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) and MVNO M2M DataSmart (Del Mar, CA, USA) have recently launched an initiative to attract more start-ups and entrepreneurs to the M2M marketplace.
Sprint believes the MVNO’s service enablement solution will attract new developers to its community.
Wyless may hope its promotion of both GSM and CDMA network technologies gives it an edge over rivals.
Sprint and M2M DataSmart, for instance, are limited to providing CDMA-based connectivity, while T-Mobile is a GSM operator.
Bigger rivals, however, are focused on converting M2M customers to 3G and 4G systems, having announced plans to shut down their 2G systems in the next few years.