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MobileCon 2012: Sierra Wireless's new AirVantage M2M solution reduces infrastructure and development timeLondon, )
Read Mike's full commentary below.
"This week at MobileCon Sierra Wireless announced a new AirVantage M2M enhancement that takes it to the cloud. M2M automation and software tools are not new to the industry, but this offer integrates a partnership with Amazon to create a new M2M cloud-based platform and management system that incorporates Amazon cloud computing services.
Amazon's infrastructure, combined with Sierra Wireless's existing business and experience in M2M hardware and services, provides an interesting new way to create an M2M offering without investing huge time, money, or resources. This solution provides both the platform and the service, which gives outsiders a quick way to become an M2M vendor or create a specific M2M application.
M2M and cloud are both big themes at MobileCon this year as big brands, small companies, and service providers attempt to exploit new opportunities in mobile and mobile commerce. The use of the cloud platform will provide quicker time to market and flexibility that could make or break some business models. Sierra Wireless showcased examples including espresso and water purification appliances, but these solutions could be used with any appliance that needs to be monitored or managed.
With all the years it has taken the M2M business and associated revenues to develop, this seems to be one area that allows early pilots and experimental applications to germinate with lower risk. We expect to see more M2M solutions like this that will put more pressure on many of the large M2M platform providers that have invested years in less flexible, more costly infrastructure.
This is a great example of a growing trend we are seeing in the market. Service providers are using lower-cost infrastructure and faster development models to meet M2M market needs and opportunities without the complexity, long time to market, or development resources required by more traditional solutions."
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