KPN, Holland’s incumbent Telco, and Sierra Wireless (News – Alert) are collaborating in order to offer a comprehensive M2M services solution. The spin here is that the offer goes beyond existing services that address just one piece of the total M2M puzzle. It will provide equipment manufacturers and connected solution providers with the ability to rapidly develop, deploy, operate and manage connected hardware, software and network services using a complete M2M cloud platform.
KPN (News – Alert) and Sierra Wireless will jointly market the AirVantage Platform and KPN’s M2M services. Companies building connected devices and applications will be able to control their solution from a single user interface, under a single billing arrangement.
Schneider Electric (News – Alert), a leader in energy infrastructure and management, is the first customer to take advantage of this new M2M cloud platform. The company is launching a line of connected charging stations to support the new wave of electric vehicles in Europe.
“The combination of AirVantage Platform, Smart Automation and KPN’s network and services gives us a unified operations platform to manage communications, subscriptions and the stations themselves,” says Nicolas Descazeaud, Electric Vehicle Program director at Schneider Electric. “Having all of that in a single system, from a single source, translates directly into faster time-to-market for our solution.”
“The growing connected-device market represents an enormous opportunity for KPN,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, senior vice president and general manager, Solutions and Services for Sierra Wireless. “With our combined strengths, we believe we can offer a compelling set of tools for any connected-device service, and help fuel the continued expansion of M2M services in Europe.”