Telefónica offers new M2M platform

Smart M2M is a web-based platform for the connectivity, management and control of data

Telefnica Digital has developed a proprietary machine-to-machine (M2M) communications system to enable organisations to retrieve and exchange business data.

Smart M2M is a web-based platform for the connectivity, management and control of data as more and more machines, from cars through to consumer electronic devices, get connected via sim cards.

Smart M2M has been developed in-house by Telefnica's R&D teams, and incorporates real time monitoring of traffic types, volume and current consumption, maps of connected devices, advanced diagnostics and localisation features.

The system also offers fraud detection functionalities, including the ability to restrict communications between a list of given devices and the possibility to establish traffic caps.

Telefnica Digital, part of the group that owns the O2 mobile brand in the UK, said organisations can benefit from customer support in their local language through a locally maintained network. Local sim cards can be used and data can be confined to that country, allowing compliance with local regulation.

"The visibility and management of machine-to-machine communications is a vital component of successful business mobile deployments," said Carlos Morales, director of M2M and cloud at Telefnica Digital .

"By matching our technical expertise and experience in M2M with our local knowledge we have been able to develop a simple and flexible platform that can give our customers a complete and precise view of their business processes," said Morales.

Developing the solution in-house, said the operator, gives it the flexibility to further adapt the platform and add new functionalities to match the needs of its customers.

Smart M2M is already commercially available in Brazil and Spain and it is now being introduced in other countries, said Telefnica Digital, a Telefnica business unit that has its headquarters in London.

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