Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

New Zealand's Spark Digital to help businesses roll out M2M

Iain Morris
August 14, 2014
 
New Zealand ICT player Spark Digital is reported to have launched an Internet of Things platform to help business customers automate their M2M deployments.

According to a report from CIO magazine, the company – which was previously called Gen-i – has introduced a service under the Connected Mobility brand that is intended to help businesses manage so-called “smart objects” in a wide range of settings.

“We’re already surrounded by intelligent sensors that measure environments, personal gadgets and appliances,” said Richard Adams, Spark’s head of mobility, as quoted by CIO. “M2M services like Connected Mobility extend this idea and provide businesses with remarkable control over product and service experiences.”

Spark (Auckland, New Zealand) appears to believe that many New Zealand businesses are taking advantage of connectivity services but remain hindered by the need to “physically manage” a number of individual objects.

“Businesses are essentially running blind,” said Adams, according to CIO. “They must shift to automated systems that provide better visibility and control. Self-service is key.”

Spark is said to have invested in a cloud-based control center allowing it to manage thousands of SIMs installed in connected devices.

It is also reported to have indicated that its technology allows it to test and activate new SIMs, make changes to rate plans if data caps are breached and send alerts if connections are lost.

The Connected Mobility service appears to have been developed in partnership with M2M platform player ThingWorx (Exton, PA, USA), whose application development platform is available to Spark’s customers for the design of M2M apps.

“We’re providing businesses with autopilot controls that will streamline SIM management,” Adams is further quoted as saying by CIO. “We expect they’ll be able to solve 90% of their own support questions, getting their objects back online faster and providing a more reliable service.”
 
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