Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Gemalto powers M2M connectivity in fleet manager

Steve Rogerson
September 9, 2015
Gemalto is providing secure M2M connectivity and advanced computing power for an IoT system for optimising vehicle and fleet management. Florida-based Digital Communications Technologies (DCT) has picked the French company’s Cinterion M2M module to provide IP-based high-speed connectivity for a vehicle logistics app suite.
The flexible system is said to improve fleet productivity, vehicle performance and logistics applications as well as smart powertrain operations and vehicle security. Fleet management operators can optimise travel routes and distribution schedules, manage temperature of the cargo, promote safe driving habits, and pinpoint the vehicle's location for theft recovery.
"With Gemalto's advanced M2M solution, our latest Syrus GPS device is flexible and powerful enough to be used for a wide variety of applications, all from a single device design,"said Ignacio Escallon, managing director of DCT."Our long-time partner provided the technology and engineering expertise needed to help us deliver innovative features and enhanced security applications to support over 75 partners developing Syrusmart fleet apps."
Gemalto's Java M2M technology enables a unique IP address for each vehicle that supports DCT's secure integration with a growing selection of downloadable fleet and smart vehicle apps. It collects data from sensors embedded throughout the vehicle that are measuring dynamic elements such as driver ID, GPS location, acceleration, time, distance, heading changes, speed, shock, and temperature of cargo. Data are sent to the cloud where they are transformed into actionable intelligence and accessed via a secure web interface and mobile apps.
"Gemalto's Cinterion Java M2M module allows the DCT device to utilise open-source APIs which greatly simplifies app development and integration,"said Juan Lazcano, head of M2M sales for North America at Gemalto."Without the need for unique software, firmware or script for each implementation, customers can quickly and seamlessly expand features and capabilities without complicated and time consuming engineering updates."
Gemalto had 2014 annual revenues of €2.5bn and has blue-chip customers in more than 180 countries.