EMBEDDED M2M SOLUTIONS - PCI TALKS EMBEDDED M2M SOLUTIONS AND SPRINT PARTNERSHIP WITH TMCnet
United States, June 20, 2011: Pacific Control Inc. (PCI (News - Alert)), one of the leading information and communication technology (ICT) providers, is certainly no stranger to the embedded M2M solutions space.
Since its inception, PCI has honed its integrated managed solution platform "Galaxy" and “Gbots,” its software robots deployed across networks to connect smart devices, buildings and whole cities wirelessly to IT infrastructure and enterprise systems for real-time delivery of managed services. Moreover, the company has made its dent in three primary M2M segments: managed facility automation and infrastructure solutions (automation); remote monitoring and management solutions (“RMMS”); and managed energy services (“MES”).
“We at PCI believe that the products and solutions of Pacific Controls are way ahead of the market,” Beena Abraham, director operations at PCI, told TMCnet in a recent interview. “Our Galaxy platform is the only one of its kind that can deliver managed services on the cloud and our Gbots are the virtual robots that can deliver unique managed services. These products will change the way business is done globally in the arena of managed services.”
“The concept of delivering information communication technology (ICT) for sustainable development has been the inspiration behind founding of Pacific Controls,” Abraham added as to why PCI was founded. “The mission of Pacific Controls is to promote innovations, enabling sustainable development in the world. The world is challenged by climate change, biodiversity loss, abject poverty and environmental degradation. ICT enabled sustainable development is the only way we can make a difference.”
Over the years, PCI has invested “aggressively” in creating technologies for “smart systems,” including unified communications, embedded systems and network enablement tools, virtualization technologies, applications and software infrastructure, according to company officials.
Most recently, PCI launched the Pacific Controls Cloud Services Inc., a fully owned subsidiary that will own and operate a 85,000 square feet, tier three certified Data Centre Campus, where Pacific Controls will offer virtualized managed services, using the "Galaxy" platform and the "Gbots" on the Pacific Controls Cloud, for government and corporate customers.
Whatever PCI is working on, and in whatever space, the company works to create products and solutions that will help its customers improve their business efficiency, thereby reducing their operating costs, optimizing their energy usage, measuring their carbon footprint in real-time and ultimately, increasing their profitability, according to Abraham.
Through its technology, in particular its virtual robots, the stage is being set for a multi-year wave of growth based on the convergence of innovations in software architectures; back-room data center operations; wireless and broadband communications; and smaller more powerful client devices connected to personal, local and wide-area networks, according to company officials.
“These technologies will work together in unprecedented ways to solve more complex business problems than previous generations of intelligent device networking technology,” Abraham said. “Pacific Controls have pioneered the delivery of Gbots the virtual robots that serve the Galaxy platform in delivering managed services.”
One area in particular that PCI has made its mark is in the embedded M2M solutions space. To further establish itself as a leader in this market, PCI has partnered with Sprint (News - Alert) to create new values by delivering managed services using Sprint networks and to deliver a unique ICT enabled sustainable solution to its customers.
“One of the world’s leading cellular network operator Sprint, is actively advancing the use of cellular wireless for M2M communications,” Abraham said when asked why PCI partnered with Sprint. “In many ways, cellular has become the network of choice for smart connected devices in a wide array of applications including automotive telematics, commercial transportation, mobile health, smart grid and consumer electronics – all due to its pervasiveness and ever lower cost.”
“M2M applications are a significant opportunity for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs),” Abraham added. “As traditional person-to-person (P2P) applications – voice, email and text – mature, carriers are searching for new growth. M2M device connection potential dwarfs P2P. However, numerous hurdles have constrained growth in the M2M arena for some time. To successfully develop this market, network operators will need to think and act differently. A renewed focus on developing M2M ecosystems and the critical relationships that will drive value are keys to success.”
So what’s next for PCI and what trends in M2M does PCI see coming this way?
According to company officials, “we are on the cusp of a transformation in the M2M marketplace.”
Over the next five years, PCI predicts that individuals will see a “dramatic breakthrough” in M2M applications as organizations being to recognize that is has mass potential in reducing operating and maintenance costs and improving customer satisfaction.
“Global M2M applications are highly specialized,” Abraham said. “Embedding connectivity into the next generation of devices, ensuring they are deployed profitably and that new applications can expand across multiple countries, are challenging tasks.”
“M2M programs require expert application knowledge as well as of general systems development skills,” Abraham added. “Choosing the right partner, one that fully understands the different elements involved and that is financially stable, and correctly aligned with delivery infrastructure partners will be critical to successful deployments.
Working with an M2M solution provider that has a deep rooted understanding of the complexities of large global deployments will ensure that the solution successfully delivered. A new chapter in the story of M2M partnerships has begun.”
By Carrie Schmelkin
TMCnet Web Editor
Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.