Only 12 months after launching its Emerging Solutions Group (ESG), Sprint
is offering a comprehensive suite of M2M solutions and tools to business and consumers, supported by Sprint's network options and an open, collaborative approach to helping companies rapidly develop their M2M ideas. Sprint is making connected-device innovation a true hands-on experience for businesses as they discover the money-making power of M2M, the machine-to-machine phenomenon that takes wireless beyond the mobile phone by interconnecting a vast variety of electronic devices.
Sprint announced the Oct. 25 opening of Sprint's M2M Collaboration Center and the upcoming launch of Sprint's Command Center, two signature M2M initiatives that will help businesses of all sizes engage in developing and managing their device-to-device ideas. Sprint also announced new additions to its M2M partner ecosystem.
Sprint's latest M2M initiatives provide strong support for customers as they enhance productivity and create entirely new products and services with M2M, which wirelessly connects such devices as laptops, tablets, digital billboards, cameras, remote sensors, utility meters and appliances. Sprint helps customers explore new M2M applications using Sprint's 3G, 4G and IP networks, along with an array of solutions expertise from Sprint and its partner ecosystem.
In the year since its formation, the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group has developed a comprehensive set of solutions and support services to help companies compete in the M2M market, including these latest announcements:
Sprint M2M Collaboration Center: The center opens this month as a working laboratory that brings customers an open approach to M2M development. A short drive from Silicon Valley in Burlingame, Calif., the facility goes beyond mere demonstrations and corporate presentations. The M2M Collaboration Center is a workshop where customers can work side by side with a team of experts to bring M2M ideas to life and make them commercially viable. This facility gives Sprint business customers the opportunity to thoroughly engage with Sprint's network and solutions team, along with experts from Sprint's ecosystem of specialized M2M partners. It is an outgrowth of Sprint's open approach, including 10 years of experience certifying non-Sprint-branded devices on its networks and the company's Open Device Initiative.
Sprint Command Center: Starting in 2011, businesses can access the Sprint Command Center to manage their M2M devices using self-service access. Businesses can view the Sprint Command Center dashboard on their office or mobile computer screens, then interactively load and manage their M2M devices directly on the Sprint network. Utilizing dedicated network elements, this open access service offers M2M customers unprecedented network control, including device management and testing (with enhanced visibility to device behaviors), account management and tools to develop applications for M2M solutions. In addition, the Sprint Command Center will be customizable, provide unique billing capabilities, and integrate professional and managed services features and capabilities.
The recent addition of new M2M partners further enhances the specialized expertise and capabilities in Sprint's M2M toolkit, including:
-- Sprint has partnered with San Diego-based module provider Fusion Wireless. This partnership enables Sprint to offer a wide range of competitively priced CDMA chip modules for embedded device partners.
-- Reflection, powered by AFrame Digital, offers a wireless telehealth solution harnessing the power of Sprint's 3G and 4G networks to deliver this healthcare monitoring system. The solution also utilizes the ZigBee drop-in networking capabilities of industry leader Digi International.
-- Sprint partner and global M2M-enabler Wyless offers cost-effective end-to-end managed services, helping OEMs and application developers deploy reliable M2M applications on the Sprint network. Wyless delivers a comprehensive suite of managed services with unrivaled expertise, professional support and competitive pricing.
During the third quarter, new smart grid partnerships with Grid Net
were announced, as well as new platform-as-a-service partner, VisTracks