Telefonica launches integrated Smart Cities M2M offer

Spanish telecoms incumbent Telefonica unveiled an integrated Smart Cities M2M offering at this week’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

The operator says the service will help town councils and other bodies to supervise and manage the installation and maintenance of connected devices and the collection and analysis of data.

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) claims entrepreneurs will be able to develop applications on top of the Smart City platform, while cities can use it to improve the services they provide to citizens.

Spanish telecoms incumbent Telefonica unveiled an integrated Smart Cities M2M offering at this week’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

The operator says the service will help town councils and other bodies to supervise and manage the installation and maintenance of connected devices and the collection and analysis of data.

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) claims entrepreneurs will be able to develop applications on top of the Smart City platform, while cities can use it to improve the services they provide to citizens.

“With this offering, Telefonica is demonstrating its capacity to respond in an open and flexible manner to the needs of its customers in the increasingly important M2M sector,” Carlos Morales, Telefonica Digital’s global M2M director, in a statement. “We are convinced that the solution we are presenting will allow us to deliver an integrated, quality solution which covers the whole value chain in Smart Cities.”

The operator has also announced the signing of two agreements related to its Smart City service.

First, it has named telematics specialist Streetline (Foster City, USA) as its primary smart parking partner.

Telefonica is to contribute its M2M capabilities, financial services, sales network and customer support, while Streetline provides the smart parking services, applications and technical support necessary.

In the other deal, Telefonica will include wireless sensors from M2M hardware vendor Libelium (Zaragoza, Spain) in its Smart City portfolio.

The arrangement should allow integrators to create M2M applications based on real-time information flows quickly and at low cost.

Libelium says its initial product focus areas include 27 different Smart City applications, including traffic management, water management, security, environment and agriculture monitoring.

“Partnering with Telefonica reinforces our position as an enabler of Smart Cities solutions, and we add a sales channel with one of the world’s main carriers,” said Alicia Asin, the chief executive of Libelium, in a statement.

Privately owned Libelium serves customers ranging from startups to large international corporations and has a presence in North America, Asia and Europe.