Orange Business Services launches worldwide location services for machine-to-machine SIM cards

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The new Machine to Machine (M2M) worldwide geolocation offering from Orange Business Services provides real-time location tracking of corporate assets and equipment anywhere in the world via cellular networks, regardless of the operator.

Enterprises can choose either the turnkey version accessible from the Orange Business Services M2M web portal (including its SIM card location mapped interface) or an API option to be further integrated in its IT environment.

The worldwide geolocation service can remotely query the SIM card in less than a minute and determine:

  • the country where the equipment is located and the network/operator to which it is connected;
  • the geographic location and position of the terminal (longitude/latitude);
  • the hardware identity via the SIM card’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity);
  • the level of network signal.

To enable the geolocation of the communicating devices, it does not require any software development nor GPS hardware additions. Moreover, by operating in any area covered by a cellular network, the system provides location services both indoors and outdoors.

Orange Labs has developed an M2M SIM card handling connection to any type of cellular network, combined with a platform to query remote cards, collect geographic information and display their location on an actual map.

The service has been developed for use in various scenarios, from real time feedback from field operations and remote equipment management to preventive maintenance, luggage monitoring, security of construction equipment, fleet management and precious-asset tracking.

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