Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Pod launches telematics connectivity package at MWC

Steve Rogerson
September 12, 2018

At this week’s Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles, Pod M2M, a division of UK-based Pod Group, is launching a complete connectivity package for systems integrators and developers of telematics products.
The package is based on Pod M2M’s 20 years’ experience in the IoT connectivity sector, particularly focused on remote, mission critical applications that require resilience. It uses Pod’s multi-network coverage on more than 600 networks in 185 countries, and best-signal capability whereby the SIM connects to the network with maximum signal strength, avoiding steering to preferred networks with a potentially weaker signal.
Included is Pod’s recently launched hierarchical billing platform, Pod Billing, and security system, Pod Protect.
Users can access up to three levels of hierarchical billing as part of the connectivity package for their telematics application, allowing them to manage resellers and distributors, and create and bill value-added products and services to generate additional recurring revenue.
They will also be able to deploy applications globally without the usual security concerns, since the package includes network security, with whitelisting of IPs for secure management of users, continuous threat detection via a probe on the network and the option of a direct network connection that avoids routing data over public channels.
“With fierce competition in the telematics sector, applications developers and systems integrators need to be able to quickly deploy solutions globally, without negotiating complicated network contracts, or worrying about network security issues, SIM card management and billing of their channel partners,” said Sam Colley, CEO of Pod Group in the USA. “Our new advanced telematics connectivity has been designed to take all these problems away from our customers, so they can focus on getting new products and services quickly to market. What’s more, it can be integrated with any hardware or device management software to create a customised solution and customers can choose from tried and tested products included in our Pod partner community to find the best fit for their application.”