Menu

M2M FEATURE NEWS

Gemalto Talks About the Importance of Ruggedized Solutions, Remote Management in M2M

By Paula Bernier February 27, 2013

Gemalto is at Mobile World Congress this week promoting its M2M solutions, including new enhanced ruggedized products, and discussing the many challenges and opportunities machine-to-machine communications presents for its OEM customers, mobile operators, enterprises and government entities.

In an interview with IoTevolutionworld this week in Barcelona, Philippe Vallee, Gemalto’s executive vice president of the telecom business unit, explained that the company came to M2M from the smartcard world. Smartcards contain embedded chips that store customer data and security mechanisms that enable users to access something (like their bank account) or trigger an action (such as opening the door to their business).

The company has since expanded its business so it now sells both the client part/SIM cards as well as the back-end software systems that manage those clients in the field. For example, the ISIS mobile wallet initiative involving AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile required a server back-end and SIM cards to enable provision payment in the phone. Gemalto enables that for ISIS, which the carriers have launched as a large-scale pilot in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, and which is expected to launch nationwide in the not-too-distant future, Vallee added.

Cellular service providers, banks, governments and enterprises are the four key customer targets for Gemalto, which brings its products to market both direct and via reseller agreements through such companies as Ericsson. Half of Gemalto’s $2 billion in revenue comes from telecom, the other half is split pretty evenly between banking and government, Vallee said.

Vallee and Benoit Jouffrey, vice president of M2M value-added services, also spoke about the need for M2M devices and the back-end systems with which they connect to share data both upstream and downstream. M2M devices are all about collecting data and delivering it to the desired system or repository, but it’s also important for management systems to be able to tap into M2M devices remotely to ensure they’re working and updated as needed. Remote access management capabilities, as well as ruggedized device features mentioned earlier, will be increasingly important as the number of M2M devices in the field grows and as these devices increasingly are deployed in difficult-to-access locations such as atop wind turbines or on trees in the Amazon Rainforest. Gemalto also is focused on remote control capabilities so customers can provision the SIM at the actual place and actual date that activation is required.




Edited by Brooke Neuman

Executive Editor, TMC

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Back to Basics: RFID and the IoT

By: Chrissie Cluney    5/24/2016

Companies seeking to engage in data collection for the IoT would be well served by remembering such simple technological solutions as RFID.

Read More

John Deere to Field Factory Upgrade with Telit

By: Ken Briodagh    5/18/2016

John Deere, the greenest of all tractor and outdoor equipment companies, has selected Telit, a IoT implementation company, to implement its deviceWISE…

Read More

IoT Partnership Economy Grows with myDevices and Actility Team Up

By: Ken Briodagh    5/11/2016

Actility, a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) devleoper, and myDevices, maker of the Cayenne IoT project builder, on May 10 announced a technology p…

Read More

Verizon Selects Gemalto for 4G LTE Services

By: Ken Briodagh    5/9/2016

The IoT Partnership economy just keeps growing and progressing, which I support because it makes me look like I know what I'm talking about. To contin…

Read More

IoT Video: Surveillance Drives New Revenue Opportunities

By: Special Guest    5/9/2016

In the consumer space, video surveillance is proving to be extremely profitable for IoT.

Read More