Whether in vehicles, power meters or consumer electronics: more and more devices automatically send information via SIM cards. Vending machines, for instance, give alerts as soon as the inventory falls below a specified minimum. Intelligent management and monitoring of these connections is becoming increasingly important. For this reason, Telefónica developed the Smart M2M platform in order to make managing M2M solutions secure, flexible and reliable.
"The decisive factor for successfully operating M2M solutions is to combine effective management of large SIM card contingents and to have customer solutions that can be handled easily", said Kai Brasche, Vice President M2M at Telefónica Deutschland. "With technical expertise, years of experience, and extensive knowledge of many local markets, Telefónica has developed a simple and flexible platform that offers our customers a complete overview of their M2M business processes and that can be used all over the world."
Smart M2M connects machines from different manufacturers with different data sources. This makes it possible to analyze sensor data such as temperature, tilt angles or the device condition based on standard protocols and then to send that data to other M2M products. Devices that used to be incompatible regarding their data flow can now easily be connected. The data is consistently edited, individually visualized and logically included into business processes.
This platform is unique on the market and has been developed by Telefónica Digital itself. Smart M2M is not only a ready-to-use solution that enables users to easily manage business processes. The new M2M platform also flexibly adapts to individual customer requirements. Thus, companies do not have to invest into own M2M developments or reorganize their IT processes for machine-to-machine-communication.
The API offered by Smart M2M Platform allows customers and suppliers of the service to integrate their backend systems and processes with the Smart M2M platform to access its data and capabilities. By means of this API, the customer applications can perform some of the tasks available via web such as Customer & Inventory Management.
In addition to real time monitoring of M2M traffic, including volume and advanced diagnostics, Smart M2M also features innovative fraud detection functionalities, including the ability to restrict communications between a list of given devices or the possibility to establish traffic caps.
Telefónica launched Smart M2M at the beginning of this year. The new platform is already being deployed in Argentina, Brazil and Spain, and now is offered in Germany as well.