Vodafone launches MachineLink 3G with NetComm Wireless and inks new deal with ThyssenKrupp
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain. February 26, 2013: A new M2M terminal, The Vodafone MachineLink 3G, has been officially launched by the giant mobile network operator. Vodafone has also announced the sale of 50,000 M2M cards to ThyssenKrupp.
Custom designed by NetComm Wireless (ASX: NTC), a developer of wireless broadband and machine-to-machine (M2M) products, the Vodafone MachineLink 3G was created to meet the global deployment requirements of Vodafone Global Enterprise and its partners.
The Vodafone MachineLink 3G is intended to facilitate M2M connectivity on a significantly larger scale, offering simple and cost-effective real-time data communications in areas such as utilities, asset management, security, medical monitoring and point-of-payment. Designed to provide easy access to Vodafone networks worldwide, the Vodafone MachineLink 3G meets the global demand for reliable remote monitoring and control across countless industry and enterprise applications worldwide.
NetComm Wireless’ collaboration with Vodafone Global Enterprise underpins its strategy to expand as a dedicated M2M technology developer. NetComm’s managing director & CEO, David Stewart said, “The launch of the MachineLink 3G is a key milestone as part of our relationship with Vodafone Global Enterprise and we are very excited about the opportunities it creates. We remain focused on growing a substantial presence in the high growth global M2M market”.
Vodafone is introducing the MachineLink 3G M2M terminal at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. A spokeperson for the operator said, “Vodafone MachineLink 3G has been launched to meet the global demand for a reliable and cost-effective M2M terminal that can be easily integrated with any sort of IP/Ethernet type applications across a broad cross-section of industries. It sets out to bring standardisation to the M2M industry by offering simplicity and cost reduction in M2M hardware roll-outs.”
Vodafone helps Thyssenkrupp remotely control industrial products
Vodafone will also provide Thyssenkrupp with 50,000 machine-to-machine cards and will aid the remote control and maintenance of industrial products including tens of thousands of ThyssenKrupp elevators and their emergency intercom systems.
The new contract represents a doubling in volume of Vodafone’s previous contract with ThyssenKrupp.
Klaus Mueleck, chief investment officer, at ThyssenKrupp AG, commented: “We decided to partner with Vodafone because it offers us excellent value for money and is able to meet individual needs. On top, they offer a worldwide service management from one source.”