Telefonica launches M2M module certification initiative

Spain’s Telefonica is trying to spur M2M development through a new module certification program, designed to help customers launch M2M products and services more quickly.

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) has branded its initiative the “Global M2M Module Certification Program” and says it has already certified modules from Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada), Telit (London, UK) and u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland), all of which had to undergo a series of interoperability and other tests before being approved.

Spain’s Telefonica is trying to spur M2M development through a new module certification program, designed to help customers launch M2M products and services more quickly.

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) has branded its initiative the “Global M2M Module Certification Program” and says it has already certified modules from Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada), Telit (London, UK) and u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland), all of which had to undergo a series of interoperability and other tests before being approved.

Telefonica describes the initiative as one of a number aimed at helping customers choose the right M2M technology for their solution and remain focused on their core business.

The operator points out that any module it certifies will also have been approved by the Global Certification Forum and PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB), two well-known certification bodies, giving customers greater confidence about using the modules.

“We strongly believe that this type of program can bring applications faster to the market, and is therefore a key advantage for M2M,” said Olivier Beaujard, the vice president of market development for Sierra Wireless.

“With this program, Telefonica and Telit customers globally can more easily access our top-selling modules, a number of which have already passed the program’s rigorous testing,” added Domikus Hierl, the chief marketing officer for Telit.

u-blox says that Telefonica’s extensive network coverage across Europe, the Americas and China fits neatly with its own “global modem compatibility approach”.

“Our common goal is to make it as quick and easy as possible for Telefonica’s M2M customers to design and deploy a wide range of M2M devices based on high-quality, pre-approved u-blox modules,” said Armin Boeshenz, the vice president of sales for u-blox EMEA.