Telstra offers wireless asset tracking

Telstra Wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Control Centre is now affordable for small to medium businesses according to the telecommunications giant.

The Telstra Wireless M2M Control Centre is an online portal managed in partnership with global platform provider Jasper Wireless.

The Wireless M2M Control Centre complements Telstra’s world-leading Next G network, providing businesses a more cost-efficient way to monitor and manage assets,” says Telstra Business Executive Director Cathy Aston

The Telstra wireless M2M control makes it that much easier to set up and deploy new and more sophisticated wireless telemetry and monitoring systems. It’s a powerful ‘remote control’ that can save a business time and money by not requiring people to be physically present to perform a wide range of tasks.

The Australian M2M market is worth about $300m and analysts predict it will grow to $1b over the next four years. “In the short term we expect to see further growth in healthcare monitoring, product tracking systems, vending machine automation and smart metering,” Aston says. “The zero-touch activation saves time and money when a customer needs to deploy devices quickly. An installer can turn on a monitor and have it connect instantly to the Telstra network – no phone calls or messages needed. If a system is using more data than anticipated, the Telstra Wireless M2M Control Centre can alert a customer or automatically message directly to a device installed in the vehicle.

Ashton claims the technology has now reached the stage where it was easy to use and affordable for small and medium-size businesses. Prices start at $3 per month, depending on application data usage. The offering is structured with service level, group and SMS bundle plans. “Some sectors have been quick to recognise the benefits, particularly those in natural resources, agriculture and transport logistics; making great use of remote cameras and tracking devices,” Ashton says. Telstra Wireless Business Applications Director Mike Chihra adds small business app developers have a vital role in the growth of M2M. “They are the people out there building a broad range of applications that rely on our networks for connectivity,” Chira explains.

The Telstra Wireless M2M Control Centre comes with a developer kit, troubleshooting resources and an avenue to enable to offer third-party solutions via Telstra’s sales channels. “Be it vehicle tracking, transaction services or even fridge monitoring, apps using M2M will deliver businesses a significant improvement in their processes and a reduction of costs through the full life cycle of their solution,” Chira says. “Aside from the ability to control and manage services from within the web-based Control Centre itself, we see a range of additional benefits for customers being able to control this functionality from within their own applications by integrating through a set of APIs.

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