M2M firm RACO Wireless adds Sprint,Telefonica to wireless carrier stable

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RACO Wireless, a machine-to-machine communications firm, has added Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) and Telefonica to its stable of wireless carriers to provide connectivity for its M2M products, the company announced this week in a blog.

RACO Wireless helps connect machines to the mobile broadband network through its partners and directly to enterprises. Its Omega Management Suite, a wireless and billing platform, enables customers to control and manage SIM cards in their remote devices through a single dashboard.

The firm provides M2M solutions in a variety of sectors including asset management, fleet tracking, connected car, agriculture, security and telemedicine.

The company was spun off from T-Mobile in 2010 and received an equity investment last year from Inverness Graham, which now has a controlling interest in the M2M firm, according to a report by RCR Wireless.

John Horn, president of RACO Wireless, told our sister publication FierceWireless that RACO Wireless was originally exclusive to T-Mobile USA. With this week's announcement, RACO now offers its customers a choice of carriers and platforms. "This doesn't mean we are moving away from T-Mobile. It doesn't change our relationship with T-Mobile," he said.

Pricing for the M2M products will depend on the carrier, Horn said.

In a January blog, RACO offered five recommendations to improve M2M application security: deploying data encryption, controlling access to hardware, monitoring device behavior, ensuring network security, and designating a security person.

"The Internet of Things is quite possibly the most exciting technology movement happening right now, but everyone must remember that we are enabling connectivity to devices and objects that weren't connected before. Things that were isolated but secure before will now be vulnerable to a myriad of remote attacks. It is critical that all these new, exciting applications are reliable and secured," the blog concluded.

For more:
- see the RACO Wireless release
- check out the RACO blogs
- read the RCR Wireless report

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