M2M provider RACO Wireless announces new partnerships with Apriva and with Enterprise Mobile, a business unit of Intermec. Apriva, a provider of end-to-end wireless transactions and secure information solutions, will utilize RACO Wireless to support Apriva's Point of Sale (POS) customers that use 2G payment terminals. RACO's partnership with Enterprise Mobile, a provider of outsourced lifecycle and professional mobility services, aims to help companies reducing the complexity of deploying machine-to-machine applications.
Apriva will begin migrating select customers affected by the retirement of existing 2G networks in the next few weeks. With much of the talk in the wireless industry about 4G and LTE networks, many carriers are retiring their 2G networks and focusing their energies on 4G and beyond. This puts Apriva, and the majority of M2M applications today, in a tough bind as its existing M2M solutions are reliant upon 2G connectivity. Fortunately for Apriva and 2G M2M application developers, T-Mobile has no plans to shut down its 2G network. The RACO Wireless/T-Mobile 2G network will provide reliable service for Apriva's customers with 2G POS devices for the foreseeable future.
"When we began to evaluate M2M partners that support 2G technologies, it was apparent that RACO Wireless – in conjunction with the T-Mobile network – offered a customer solution that is both seamless and reliable," said Robert Martin, senior vice president for Apriva. "We are working closely with RACO Wireless to make the transition a smooth one for our customers."
"With America's largest 4G network, T-Mobile has the capability to deliver the coverage, speed and growing bandwidth needed for high-end 3D video systems or data-intensive applications. However, many of today's M2M applications, like those from Apriva, do not yet require this kind of bandwidth," said Jeremy Korst, vice president of M2M and MVNO at T-Mobile. "T-Mobile acknowledges this need in the marketplace. Therefore, we intend to continue to support our 2G and 3G networks for the foreseeable future."
"For Apriva, our continued support of 2G means uninterrupted service, continued growth and peace of mind that they don't need to redesign their module in the short term. Apriva's selection of RACO Wireless underscores our unwavering belief that we have the right tools, the right team and the right partner in T-Mobile — whether the customer needs 2G, 3G or 4G connectivity," said John Horn, president of RACO Wireless.
RACO Partners with Enterprise Mobile
RACO Wireless and Enterprise Mobile will help M2M application providers to remove unnecessary complexity from the M2M distribution chain through outsourced product deployment, management and fulfillment.
Enterprise Mobile currently manages more than 200,000 M2M devices and has executed mobility projects for a wide range of industries, including retail, transportation, manufacturing, energy, financial services, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and the government.
For additional SIM management, the Omega Management Suite (OMS) from RACO Wireless streamlines M2M application management by delivering unprecedented visibility into the wireless network. OMS provides advanced reporting and alerting features including real-time SIM monitoring and reports, overage reports and alerts, SIM activation and maintenance, SIM management, web-based billing, and APN system hardware status monitors.
"To meet the promise that M2M holds, the industry requires an ecosystem that supports always-on connectivity, enables companies to look for new business models and provides a simple and seamless customer experience – from onboarding through deployment and support,” said Jeremy Korst, vice president of wholesale (MVNO/M2M) at T-Mobile USA. “With the launch of more customer support capabilities, our partner RACO Wireless demonstrates how T-Mobile's unique business model does just that."