M2M Now: Stream Technologies has recently launched IoT-X which enables wireless carriers (cellular, satellite, WiFi, low power radio network operators) and large scale organisations to effectively and efficiently manage a diverse range of connectivity solutions. This meets all their present needs whilst also preparing them for future developments in IoT and M2M connectivity. How does IoT-X differ from other types of connectivity enablement platforms?
Nigel Chadwick: IoT-X is unique amongst connectivity enablement platforms. It goes beyond solely connectivity enablement. It facilitates significant value enhancement for mobile network operators because it enables them to move up the value chain and derive highly appealing margins from offering M2M end-to-end solutions as well as superior connectivity options. Importantly, those margins can be significantly larger than those generated by providing basic airtime or connectivity.
IoT-X is far more than a service subscription enablement platform because it addresses the needs of operators and large organisations looking for the complete, holistic, connectivity platform.
One of the key differences with IoT-X is that it's agnostic in terms of its wireless network management capability. In particular this is important for large organisations that seek a single management and control portal for all their connectivity networks, irrespective of brand or location of deployment. For carriers, the agnostic aspect means simple and easy integration of their network infrastructure onto the platform.
The vast majority of future IoT connections are going to be across non-cellular - such as WiFi, low power radio and other bearers - rather than traditional cellular operator types of network. That means IoT-X is useful and valuable to both the traditional carriers used for M2M, as well as alternative, new and emerging data transfer infrastructures. IoT-X is very inclusive and they can all participate in a far wider ecosystem of trusted solution providers by adopting IoT-X, which will enable them to connect their customers' projects across a wide scope of different wireless media.
However, for either operators or large scale organisations to have trust in a provider like Stream is critical. To be successful, solutions previously integrated within the IoT-X ecosystem via the platform will already have demonstrated reliability, efficiency and resilience in terms of operability. These capabilities, together with the connectivity and reporting characteristics inherent within the IoT-X platform, have already been proven through deployment into the market in other parts of the world.
M2M Now: You mention that IoT-X is already in deployment. What sort of organisations and applications are you seeing relying on the platform? Are their particular sweet spots for the proposition?
NC: Stream is experiencing strong demand from mobile network operators for solutions comprising smart meters across utility sectors, asset tracking and other security requirements. Mobile operators and other organisations that seek solutions to market but face economic and demographic problems in terms of generating sufficient margin from M2M, can engage directly with third party solution providers and OEMs, in the knowledge that the solutions will work with proven connectivity and ready-to-go control and management features on the IoT-X platform.
If a mobile operator decides to adopt the IoT-X platform, the end customer may effectively connect across all the different wireless technologies from cellular to WiFi and less mainstream options such as ZigBee or satellite. That's disruptive in itself but only encapsulates part of the value proposition. Additional value is provided by the platform because, as soon as we integrate another operator, that operator becomes both a beneficiary and a contributor to the wireless services integral to IoT-X.
We're fostering a unique and growing IoT ecosystem and, from a platform viewpoint, the more wireless carrier integrations, the more services can be offered, and the more attractive it becomes to all.
M2M Now: IoT-X is evidently far more than a simple connectivity platform. How do you see its true value being delivered across a wide ecosystem of applications and value-added services? Will that be enough to change the economics of supporting M2M and IoT for service providers?
NC: There is a fast growing range of value add services integrated with IoT-X. We believe we have an outstanding connectivity platform providing a single source of integral services.
Stream has developed a complete IoT-X service entity, which offers billing, multiple apps, analytics and enablement tools, uniquely fused with our connectivity enablement platform - in other words...
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