Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Vodacoms Unveils M2M Solutions




L-R: Managing Director, Wakanow.com, Mr. Obinna Ekezie; Head, Corporate Banking, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Mr. Ayo Aina and Managing Director, Vodacom Business Nigeria, Mr. Guy Clarke, at the launch of Vodacom’s Machine to Machine (M2M) Solutions in Lagos
Vodacom Business Nigeria, a leading pan-African provider of total communication solutions, has launched its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions suitable for the financial and the retail sector.  The new Vodacom M2M solutions are dual-SIM enabled, providing reliable, secure and a cost-effective solutions for ATM, Point of Sales (POS) connectivity and Back-Up applications.

The solution which includes ATMLink, POSLink and 3G Back-Up represents a milestone in scalable M2M technology in Nigeria.  These next-generation solutions utilize the GSM data network to connect retailer’s POS to the central servers or to the Nigerian Interbank Settlement Systems (NIBSS) network and the ATM to the bank’s central servers.  It enables seamless network failover to a secondary GSM network in the event of failure on the primary network and vice versa, in which case, the user is oblivious to the network changeover.

L-R: Business Development Manager, Anglophone West Africa, VISA, Ms. Holly Jones; Head, High Value Segment, Etisalat, Mr. Bidemi Ladipo and Executive Head, Products and Services, Vodacom Business Nigeria, Mr. Olawale Odeyemi, at the launch of Vodacom’s Machine to Machine (M2M) Solutions in Lagos

”The time for M2M technology is finally here. This technology provides huge opportunities for a fast growing market like Nigeria – especially in the enterprise space. By using M2M technology to provide viable solutions to our customers, we are delivering on our commitment to continuously provide best of breed products to support our customers businesses in any given way,” said Vodacom Business Nigeria’s Managing Director, Guy Clarke.

The key concern among financial institutions and other retailers is data security, to which Vodacom has assured the market of the in-built security of its new M2M solutions. “Our solutions are built on a secure network and all transactions are encrypted over the Vodacom MPLS network. We have put in place IPSEC tunneling, private APNs, SIM authentication and a host of security measures to provide much needed peace of mind,” said Abu Etu, Product Manager Vodacom Business Nigeria.

Vodacom’s M2M solutions are able to offer connectivity in commercial districts and remote locations across all 36 states of Nigeria. This is done by using our extensive countrywide network and leveraging the reach of the GSM data networks.At 99% guaranteed availability, Vodacom’s M2M Solutions offer businesses the ability to improve service delivery and increase their competitive advantage.

M2M solutions are highly cost effective and offer real-time monitoring.  They provide the customer with direct visibility of the usage and availability statistics of their devices.


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