At Mobile World Congress event taking place in Barcelona this week, Sierra Wireless is showcasing its AirPrime Intelligent Embedded Module product family, which brings together all of the Sierra Wireless and former Wavecom embedded modules, into the industry’s broadest portfolio of products meeting M2M solution providers’ needs for cellular wireless connectivity.
According to Sam Lucero of ABI Research: “Cellular M2M connections – which enable wireless data calls between machines – will approximately triple their current number of about 75 million by 2014. Sierra Wireless is a leading developer of intelligent embedded modules that enable this growth by integrating modules into devices used in a variety of sectors including automotive, energy, health care and transportation”.
Sierra Wireless also announced a new consumer device management application for the Sierra Wireless AirVantage 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 effectively.”