Vodafone, Bosch strike strategic M2M deal

In a further move to strengthen its position in the machine-to-machine market, Vodafone inked an agreement with the technology giant the Bosch Group that will see both firms integrate their respective M2M platforms.

The deal, which the companies labelled strategic, will allow  the two firms to offer businesses an easier route to wirelessly connecting products. The companies touted embedding Vodafone SIMs into lifts, air conditioning systems and escalators that would send automatic alerts to maintenance staff when a problem was detected.

According to a joint statement, the collaboration will combine Bosch's experience in designing sensors and automated work flow processes based on the company's multi-service platform with Vodafone's global data service platform, with the aim of enabling businesses to manage the connectivity of thousands of embedded SIM cards.

Commenting on the new agreement, Nick Jeffery, CEO of Vodafone Global Enterprise, said that working with Bosch meant they could jointly offer manufacturers a simple way to wirelessly enable and manage a range of different devices around the world. "Devices that have mobile capabilities can give higher levels of customer satisfaction as well as lead to greater efficiencies across sectors including energy, automotive, security, healthcare and construction," he said in a statement. 

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