Sierra Wireless today announced a new Consumer Device
Management application for the Sierra Wireless AirVantage(TM) Services
Platform. This new application offers wireless network operators and M2M
solution providers a simple, cost effective way to deploy and manage
mass market consumer devices.
Provided through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, the AirVantage
Services Platform provides operators and system integrators with the
tools they need to deploy and manage millions of new wireless consumer
devices and to take advantage of the rapidly growing connected services
market. In addition, the platform’s open interfaces make data from these
consumer devices available to interactive communication tools such as
smartphones and social networking platforms, enabling a whole new breed
of connected services.
According to Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO
of worldwide M2M analyst firm Beecham Research, "Mobile network
connections for M2M consumer devices are expected to exceed 100 million
by 2013, with network services revenue increasing at almost 50% annual
growth by that time. This substantial growth opportunity presents new
challenges for M2M service providers and network operators to cater for
the diverse network support needs of a rapidly growing variety of high
volume devices. M2M Service Enablement Services (SES) platforms like
Sierra Wireless AirVantage Services Platform provide the most
appropriate means for following through and bringing these new exciting
products and related services to market both rapidly and cost
Open Web API and AirVantage Developer Suite
The AirVantage Consumer Device Management features include open Web
APIs and the AirVantage Developer Suite, a powerful web services
generation tool that lets service providers develop widgets and
innovative web services interfaces. Using these open interfaces and
AirVantage device management features developers can create new
applications based on anytime, anywhere access to consumer device data.
This week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona,
Sierra Wireless is demonstrating a home energy management application
that provides access to data from home devices, such as lights and power
meters, over the internet using a variety of end-user terminals such as
a web portal, a PC desktop or a smartphone. These interfaces also allow
developers to link device data with online social platforms and create
innovative applications that monitor and control connected devices. For
example, in a home security application, vacationing families could link
the application to a social networking platform that would share alerts
with an unlimited number of contacts such as neighbors, friends or
relatives, to make sure someone nearby is notified if there is a
Device tracking, management, and diagnostics
Customers worldwide rely on Sierra Wireless AirVantage(TM) Services
Platform to manage their remote devices and deliver powerful M2M
services to their customers.
"We have chosen Sierra Wireless to help us deliver comprehensive
device management and diagnostic capabilities. These capabilities
represent exciting opportunities for our M2M customers to reach the
market for consumer connected devices," said Marc
Eisenberg, Chief Executive Officer of ORBCOMM.
Xact Technology, ORBCOMM’s consumer electronics products provider, is
using the ORBCOMM Web Portal, based on the AirVantage Services
Platform, to manage consumer devices including the Xact Trax family of
portable and embedded GPS tracking devices. Xact Trax devices provide
advanced location monitoring services for tracking property, assets,
loved ones and pets.
"AirVantage M2M services, provided by the Orbcomm-Sierra Wireless
partnership, provide Xact Technology’s tracking solutions with unmatched
reliability, flexibility and performance and greatly expand our M2M
business, bringing new value-added services to our customers," said Bill Acevedo, Vice President of Business
Development at Xact Technology.
Sierra Wireless at Mobile World Congress 2010
Sierra Wireless will demonstrate an energy efficiency management use
case based on these new Consumer Device Management features, this week
at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
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Sierra Wireless AirVantage Services Platform
Sierra Wireless AirVantage Services Platform provides a worldwide
software-as-a-service offering to enable network operators, system
integrators and M2M solution providers to develop, deploy, support and
manage cost effective M2M solutions and services with short
time-to-market. AirVantage Services Platform includes a scalable, secure
and open M2M platform and a powerful set of tools, combining
comprehensive subscription management functions with many innovative
capabilities for device management and web services.