Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless to offer AirVantage, a comprehensive cloud-based platform for accelerating machine-to-machine (M2M) applications

Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless today announced a new collaboration to co-market the Sierra Wireless AirVantage™ Cloud Platform, a comprehensive cloud-based platform for developing, deploying and operating the next generation of connected devices and M2M applications.

The solution combines Sierra Wireless’ global M2M leadership and AirVantage Platform with Verizon Wireless’ reliable wireless network and Machine to Machine Management Center to provide a complete platform for M2M solution development. Customers will be able to use the platform to monitor, control and manage wireless subscription services and mobile communication devices through a single, easy-to-use interface. As a result, they can simplify the management of their connected devices, software and services and accelerate the development and deployment of M2M applications, as well as lower ongoing operating costs.

The combination of Verizon Wireless’s network and platform and Sierra Wireless’ AirVantage solution will provide a solid business value and functionality, especially to international customers,” said Janet Schijns, vice president, Business Solution Services, Verizon Wireless. “With this comprehensive M2M application platform, customers anywhere in the world will be able to use the same Web services interface to control their connected devices and applications.

Sierra Wireless has enjoyed a strong working relationship with Verizon Wireless for many years,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, senior vice president, Solutions and Services for Sierra Wireless. “Drawing on this legacy of close collaboration, we can deliver a unique and powerful platform for M2M customers.

Powering a New Generation of M2M Communications
Machine-to-machine services represent a rapidly growing market for both network operators and customers building connected vertical applications. By remotely monitoring and communicating with assets such as power meters, automobiles and connected consumer electronics devices, equipment manufacturers and M2M solution providers can enable new applications and efficiencies.

The offering announced today provides a complete platform to enable M2M solutions by integrating the Sierra Wireless AirVantage Platform with the Verizon Wireless M2M Management Center. Through this powerful combined platform, customers in the automotive, energy, consumer electronics and other sectors will be able to build more innovative connected solutions and quickly bring to market new devices and applications that take advantage of M2M communications.

AirVantage Subscription Management will connect to Verizon Wireless’ unified Web services interface, enabling customers to directly activate, deactivate, suspend, resume, track the data usage and monitor the connection status of devices operating on the Verizon Wireless network. In addition, the AirVantage Platform offers OEMs unique device management capabilities, communicating directly with devices in the field through the AirVantage Ready Agent, as well as advanced asset management features and application development tools.

Verizon Wireless Machine to Machine Management Center
The Machine to Machine Management Center enables enterprise customers to connect Verizon certified devices to back-office and field service applications or infrastructure over the secure and reliable Verizon Wireless network. Customers can access an integrated dashboard to manage network connections, self-service device management and other key elements of machine-to-machine connectivity. Customers can access the solution directly through Verizon’s MyBusiness or the Verizon Enterprise Center or through customers’ business-specific applications, developed using nPhase’s unified Web services SDK (software developer kit).

Sierra Wireless AirVantage Platform
The Sierra Wireless AirVantage Platform is a secure cloud platform that enables M2M solution providers, system integrators and network operators to rapidly develop, deploy and operate M2M applications and services. The AirVantage Platform includes comprehensive applications to manage mobile subscriptions, communications devices and their attached assets (such as components in machines, telemetric devices in automobiles and monitoring devices in a home or office); a powerful set of M2M application development tools; and an open Web services application programming interface (API). The AirVantage Platform lets wireless network operators extend operational support and application development and management features to their M2M service providers.

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