Missing link for M2M development

NPhase claims to have found the missing link in M2M for device OEMs, application providers and enterprise customers with its NPhase One developer programme.

NPhase, a Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm joint venture, aims to provide a single M2M application development platform with support and M2M capabilities engineered for deployment on Verizon Wireless and Vodafone mobile networks.

Support will include a developer web site with online support and community forum, specialised toolkits, developer test environments, training and end-to-end implementation support.

“Businesses today are seeking to manage remote assets by deploying wireless M2M applications that run on powerful mobile networks, such as those offered by Verizon Wireless and Vodafone,” said Steve Pazol, president of NPhase.

“The NPhase application development platform dramatically reduces costs and time to market for enterprises that need to develop robust, world class M2M products and services deployed on these networks.”

For device OEMs, NPhase One enables specialised capabilities embedded into devices that extend new service offerings, differentiate and drive growth. The device-side application software can be factory installed on approved devices to enable connectivity management, device and network diagnostics and application development.

“We see tremendous possibilities for NPhase One to support developers interested in providing tools and applications for the M2M customer,” said Todd Murphy, director of the developer community at Verizon Wireless. “We look forward to expanding our developer programme to include enterprise and M2M opportunities with the NPhase platform playing a key role.”

NPhase is working with Calamp to develop additional enterprise sensor management functionality, including a plug-and-play RS232 serial Modbus interface into Calamp broadband router products.

“We are pleased to be working with NPhase and see this as a winning relationship for all parties involved,” said Garo Sarkissian, Calamp’s vice president of corporate development. “We believe NPhase One, in conjunction with our versatile broadband router products, will set the stage for a whole new generation of wireless connectivity.”

For application developers, NPhase One provides unified web services and device-side APIs that automate the provisioning, monitoring and control of wireless M2M devices, enable rapid development of complete sensor monitoring products and provide access to the vast amount of diagnostics data available through a diagnostic interface on cellular modem chipsets for troubleshooting connectivity and performance issues.

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