Verizon Wireless and Encore Networks today announced the availability of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions, and Legacy protocol conversion to IP over the private, secure Verizon Wireless 2G and 3G networks.
Collectively the two companies will offer Encore’s entire BANDIT™ line of commercial and ruggedized IP+Legacy™ enterprise routers, including the C2C™, a low-cost, embedded replacement of Plain Old Telephone Services (POTS) copper lines with advanced IP applications over cellular.
Encore’s C2C™ router provides IP interworking, supporting analog modem interfaces or Ethernet connections in a single box solution. The C2C™ was designed for legacy applications that currently depend on POTS analog telephone lines terminating on Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) with embedded analog modems. These applications include Automated Teller Machines (ATM), Point-of-Sale (POS), elevators, vending machines and kiosks, healthcare and more. By moving to an IP cellular infrastructure, customers remove their dependence on copper lines currently being phased out and limited in services.
Peter Madsen, President and CEO of Encore Networks said:
“M2M is experiencing tremendous growth as it becomes widely adopted across many different industries. By working with Verizon Wireless, we are able to execute on our business vision and deploy the right M2M solutions.”
Encore will also market the BANDIT™ family of rugged enterprise routers designed for SCADA and other harsh network environments. Used in locations where environmental controls are limited such as power distribution sub-stations, refineries and transportation applications, the BANDIT™ ensures secure, high throughput data networking connections directly to the Verizon Wireless cellular network. Utility companies throughout North America use the BANDIT™ for secure control and monitoring SCADA applications.
“Many enterprises currently are looking to shift their existing copper lines and migrate to a more reliable advanced IP technology,” said Michael Toto, director – enterprise and government partnerships, Verizon Wireless. “With their M2M centric technology, Encore Networks has the right approach to enable a seamless conversion and management of the connections.”
Encore Networks also is now a member of the Verizon Wireless Business Solutions Alliance (BSA) program, as created to serve mobile application software developers, best-of-breed integrators, service providers and other business entities, for the development, marketing, sale and delivery of wireless data solutions to small-medium business and enterprise customers.
About Encore Networks
Encore Networks is a leader in secure, IP+Legacy Virtual Private Network (VPN) routers for converged and broadband solutions for M2M, SCADA, Smart Grid, AMR/AMI and industrial applications. Encore’s environmentally and electrical immunity hardened (rugged) routers use embedded cellular modems and innovative VPN solutions for wireless, satellite, and terrestrial networks that support both legacy devices and Internet Protocol (IP) routing standards. Made in the USA, Encore’s BANDIT™ Family of routers are designed for mission critical M2M applications found in banking, ATM, point-of-sale, telemedicine, utilities, oil and gas, grid monitoring points, industrial plant floors, security, elevator, railroad, transportation, and mass transit infrastructures. Encore is a member of the Virtual Private Network Consortium (VPNC), the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.