Telenor Connexion touts M2M success at London 2012

An M2M technology that tracks police speed boats could see more widespread deployment after trials on the River Thames during the London 2012 Olympics were reported a huge success.

An M2M technology that tracks police speed boats could see more widespread deployment after trials on the River Thames during the London 2012 Olympics were reported a huge success.

Those trials were the fruit of a partnership between Over-C, a software application developer, Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden), the M2M arm of the Telenor business, and Concirrus (London, UK), a provider of telemetry and M2M services. The partnership was chosen by the UK Trade & Investment and the Security Innovation & Technology Consortium to provide services during the London 2012 Olympics.

Development of that service proved a challenge because traditional radio-based marine tracking technologies have previously struggled to provide accurate data for the fleet of 18 vessels used by the police along the 96-mile stretch of river. Police also wanted to know which officers were deployed on which vessels and what their tactical capabilities were.

What’s more, relying on any one network meant having a single point of failure. Given the nature of the games, there was a risk that public use of an operator’s network would overwhelm it, leading to problems with the transmission of data.

“The Olympic games is one of the most demanding events that we could have imagined,” said Andrew Yeoman, the chief executive of Concirrus, in a statement. “We’ve all been in situations where you have a signal, but still cannot make a call because the network is overloaded.”

Concirrus had previously formed a strategic partnership with Telenor Connexion to provide a complete M2M service for customers, and Yeoman said the operator was the only “viable option” for the police speedboats technology.

Over-C said the managed connectivity solution from Concirrus and Telenor Connexion allowed it to get data out as and when it was needed, which meant the trial was a complete success.

“The M2M market is evolving at great speed,” said Dean Woods, the head of the UK and Ireland regions for Telenor Connexion. “We believe that a combination of the innovation and simplicity of the Concirrus turnkey concept in conjunction with the advanced managed connectivity solution of Telenor Connexion will provide an ideal combination to satisfy the needs of this market sector moving forward.”