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Kyocera, Siemens jointly offer CDMA, GSM M2M modules

Posted: 29 Oct 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:M2m module  CDMA  GSM 

Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Siemens have announced a formal sales and business development relationship to cooperatively provide CDMA and GSM machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions based on their respective core competencies.

M2M solutions allow manufacturers, government agencies and enterprises in wide ranging industries to remotely capture and analyse performance data, identify root causes of equipment failure, enable real-time communication, deliver GPS information, trigger repairs and upgrades, and dispatch technicians and equipment, among many other mission critical functions.

The partnership will allow both companies to better serve their system integrators, application development and solution deployment customers with more flexibility based on their unique needs for each wireless standard. Each company will offer M2M modules with an optimised design, including similar physical footprints and features, which will enable easy integration for either CDMA- or GSM-based solutions.

The collaboration between Siemens and Kyocera includes cooperative sales-lead sharing and business development efforts in the M2M module space. These efforts will leverage Siemens' know-how in GSM module solutions while conversely taking advantage of Kyocera's knowledge in CDMA M2M modules. Initially focused on North American markets, the collaboration will address a variety of vertical markets including fleet management and telematics, asset tracking and telemetry solutions.

"Our collaboration with Kyocera helps us minimise the engineering burden for OEM's that develop a CDMA version in addition to their GSM based solution," said Norbert Muhrer, global head of Siemens wireless modules.

"Historically, the M2M market has been hampered by the disproportionate amount of custom design work needed to provide solutions that work across multiple environments," said Tom Elliott, VP, Strategy Analytics. "By aligning their product roadmaps towards common architectures, device footprints and APIs, Kyocera and Siemens, leaders in CDMA and GSM technology respectively, are breaking new ground and sending a clear message to equipment OEMs and integrators that they can design wireless connectivity into international product lines with confidence."

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