Vodafone and electronics manufacturer Bosch have forged a global M2M partnership, which sees the two giants integrating their respective machine to machine (M2M) platforms to target a broader market.
The deal sees Bosch’s Multi Service Platform, which allows firms to develop automated processes, integrating with Vodafone’s Global Data Service Platform (GDSP), which enables businesses to manage the connectivity of thousands of embedded Sim cards across the world.
Products which could benefit from the partnership include lifts, air conditioning systems and escalators which, fitted with embedded Sims, could alert maintenance staff in case of problems by sending messages over Vodafone’s mobile network.
Nick Jeffery, CEO of Vodafone Global Enterprise said: ‘The collaboration will combine Bosch’s experience in designing sensors and automated work flow processes, based on Bosch’s Multi-Service Platform, with Vodafone’s expertise in providing excellent network quality and management tools that take the stress out of global deployments.’
He added: ‘Partnering with Bosch means that we will be able to offer manufacturers a simple way to wirelessly enable and manage a range of different devices across the world. Devices that have mobile capabilities can give higher levels of customer satisfaction as well as lead to greater efficiencies across sectors including energy, automotive, security, healthcare and construction.’
Dr. Siegfried Dais, executive member of board at Bosch Group said: ‘Thanks to the rapid progress in technology, many everyday items are becoming more intelligent. Our task now is to combine the potential of web applications and cloud computing with analysis methods and miniature sensors. Bosch plans to develop and offer completely new, highly networked, products and services.
‘Global customers are set to profit from the experience of a global automotive and technology provider such as Bosch as well as from Vodafone’s expertise in telecoms. This partnership shows that we are making huge progress in this segment of the future.’