Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Axiros and Bull to help customers streamline business processes with M2M tie-up

Iain Morris
July 16, 2014
Software players Axiros and Bull have formed a strategic partnership aimed at developing M2M technologies that could be used to support intelligent transport systems and smart city applications, among other services.

The companies say they are particularly interested in helping industrial companies to create new business models and reduce operating costs by streamlining their business processes.

In a statement, Axiros (Munich, Germany) said M2M technology could also be deployed to help manufacturing companies transform themselves into service providers.

Other companies have noted the potential for M2M technology installed in devices to provide performance data and insight to the manufacturer, allowing it to make improvements to forthcoming products and provide related value-added services.

A maker of electricity generators, for instance, could use M2M technology to monitor the performance of generators in the field, enabling the dealers that sell its products to offer more sophisticated maintenance services to customers.

M2M technology could similarly be used to bring about efficiency improvements within logistics and the overall supply chain, automatically notifying a drinks companies when stocks held by one of its customers are running low, for instance.

Bull (Paris, France), which describes itself as a developer of mission-critical digital systems, says it will combine its cloud, big data and security expertise with device and service management technology from Axiros to develop the M2M offerings.

Those offerings will be available “as a service”, say the companies.

“With the advent of the Internet of Things, industrial vendors need a robust platform with the ability to scale and manage massive amounts of devices and data,” said Gunther Klessinger, the founder of Axiros. “They also need a one-stop shopping offering with a system integrator able to practically manage their business and operational pains.”
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