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Oracle flags Vodafone M2M partnership with mobile health in mind: report

Iain Morris
October 1, 2014
Oracle has reportedly flagged details of a new Internet of Things (IoT) collaboration with mobile operator Vodafone amid growing demand for mobile health and other connectivity services.

According to a story from IDG, the software giant reported details of the collaboration at the recent OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, with Loic Le Guisquet, the executive vice president of Oracle EMEA, indicating that cloud will play a key role in the development of IoT services in the future.

Guisquet was apparently especially keen to highlight the advantages of IoT and M2M for the healthcare sector, noting the current popularity of wearables designed to monitor vital signs and other body signals.

“It is not going to be about going to the doctor for a test to measure your blood pressure [in future], it is about using those metrics 24/7, 365 days a year and being able to constantly monitor heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels in their blood,” he is reported to have said.

“Fundamentally it will empower all of us to manage our health better, and change the relationship between health professionals and ourselves to improve the results dramatically,” he added.

Vodafone has already made some progress in the healthcare sector through a partnership with pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca aimed at developing mobile health services that can improve the treatment of cardiovascular conditions.

Oracle is also planning to open two new European data centers in the cities of Frankfurt and Munich as it looks to address questions from European Union customers about the proximity and security of cloud services.

“This is about having the best cloud solutions and expanding our footprint, but it is also about delivering cloud as close to the customer as possible,” he said.

Oracle is already said to maintain three data centers in Europe and a total of 19 globally.

The German facilities will go live in weeks and be fully operational by year end, according to the IDG report.
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