Tuesday, July 21, 2009

AT&T and Jasper Wireless Launch M2M Platform for Emerging Devices

AT&T, in partnership with Jasper Wireless, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced commercial availability of a new platform designed to connect and support a variety of emerging consumer electronic and business devices on AT&T's nationwide wireless network. This will enable the wireless connection of personal navigation, in-car navigation, e-readers, mobile Internet devices, gaming, healthcare, tracking, and other devices. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The platform -- AT&T Control Center, powered by Jasper Wireless -- aims to accelerate market entry for connected devices while offering unique features such as instant activation and flexible rate plans that benefit device manufacturers and end-user customers, including consumers, small businesses and enterprises. Key capabilities include:

  • Instant activation -- simplifies provisioning and enhances the customer experience by automatically activating wireless service when the device is powered on for the first time.

  • Usage analytics -- enables manufacturers and service providers to gain real-time insight into product performance on the AT&T network.
  • Performance assurance -- utilizes best practices to test devices and assure their performance before deployment.

  • Flexible business models -- provides customized rate plans that address the needs of particular market segments.

  • Design services -- optimizes devices for global deployment within a few weeks.

  • Customer support -- ensures service continuity with support from expert engineers.

"With the AT&T Control Center platform, we can offer consumer electronics and M2M device manufacturers and enterprise solution providers an experience they simply cannot receive from another provider," said Glenn Lurie, president, Emerging Device and Resale, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We're streamlining the process by offering a one-stop solution for network provisioning, device activation, customer support, billing options, performance audits and much more. Consumers and businesses will benefit from an unprecedented end-user experience -- instant activation, flexible pricing options, and customized support."

The partnership was led by AT&T's new Emerging Devices Organization.