Jasper Wireless launches Catalyst M2M program for mobile operators
Jasper Wireless launched a new machine-to-machine program called Catalyst this week that enables mobile operations to establish M2M device management and service platforms that are designed to provide new products for connected devices.
Catalyst is organized around three elements with tools, support and access to Jasper Wireless' ecosystem.
The first element, which Jasper calls "launch," provides a set of tools to help operators get their sales and operational capabilities ready for servicing M2M customers. This includes sales training, organizational best practices consulting, sales and marketing templates, and project management.
The second element, "build," is a developer program enabling operators to engage prospective customers in their M2M service offerings and establish accounts on Jasper's control center platform.
The third element, "expand," gives operators access to Jasper's ecosystem of vertical solution providers, which offer services that rely on M2M connectivity and integration with the control center platform.
The M2M market is exploding, with estimates by consulting firm IDATE that the cellular M2M market increased 14 percent in 2012 over 2011, reaching €22 billion, or $29 billion.
One of Jasper's chief rivals in the M2M space is Ericsson (NYSE: ERIC), which last week announced a partnership with AT&T (NYSE: T) that provides Ericsson testing and verification for devices used in AT&T's global subscriber identity module program. Ericsson will test and verify the performance of each SIM device to ensure they are compatible with regulatory and carrier requirements and networks.
Ericsson was identified by ABI Research last year as an up and coming M2M provider, although Jasper continues to dominate the space.