Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Oberthur moves up M2M value chain with Cumulocity tie-up

Iain Morris
July 24, 2014
France’s Oberthur Technologies (OT) says a new partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider Cumulocity will help it address a range of opportunities in fleet management, asset tracking, industrial remote maintenance and surveillance.

Thanks to Cumulocity’s (Dusseldorf, Germany) expertise, OT (Levallois-Perret, France) expects to be able to help organizations collect data from connected objects and manage those objects in real time through remote configuration and software updates.

The two companies say their collaboration will allow enterprises, operators and original equipment manufacturers to launch new IoT service offerings more quickly and ensure these are fully integrated with existing IT infrastructure.

The partnership is also aimed at providing support for the use of emerging big data services, including storage and analysis.

OT says the agreement will help it expand its existing M2M portfolio, allowing it to monitor network quality and provide secure end-to-end communications between devices and service providers.

“Connected objects are expected to reach tens of billions by 2020,” said Marek Juda, the managing director of the solutions business at OT. “OT’s comprehensive, robust and flexible M2M offer is designed to help our customers tackle the challenges and seize the full benefits of upcoming IoT growth while addressing the very important security aspects related to IoT.”

“By joining forces with Cumulocity we are extending our offer beyond connectivity and security and moving up the M2M value chain,” added Juda.

Bernd Gross, Cumulocity’s chief executive, said the partnership was partly a response to the shift in the industry from using M2M purely for productivity gains to seeing it as a spur to innovation.

“The IoT is going to be based on open cloud platforms to integrate real time machine and sensor data with existing IT systems, mash-ups of Internet services and new applications,” he said. “In close collaboration with OT, our customers will be able to capitalize on the IoT based on secure, mobility-oriented and highly extensible software-as-a-service offerings.”
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