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Aug242015

On-Ramp Wireless – Company Profile

Introduction

On-Ramp Wireless is a company that enables long-range connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).  On-Ramp’s focus is in its patented Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA) technology, which helps deliver solutions for industrial automation, smart city, smart grid and other IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications. 

Applications

Each of the following applications are connected by the RPMA ecosystem:

  • Smart City Applications
  • Digital Oilfield Applications
  • Smart Grid Applications
  • Other IoT Applications

On-Ramp’s RPMA Technology

Other solution platforms developed by other companies are usually developed on existing wireless systems at the application or network levels.  This can often degrade wireless performance, increase costs, and limit flexibility.

On-Ramp’s RPMA is built on the entire wireless hierarchy.  On-Ramp markets its solution as “the foundation upon which device networking will be built.”  The solution is designed primarily for wide-area M2M communication.

Advantages of RPMA

  • High network capacity
    • Single RPMA network access point has the ability to provide coverage to thousands of end-point devices.
  • Low-cost
    • RPMA’s network architecture is easy to model, deploy, and maintain, which results in a cost-effective solution.
  • Energy-efficient
    • RPMA Network supports device applications such as AMI, which requires the ability to operate on battery power for several years at a time.
  • Deep coverage
    • Deliver wide-area coverage by using a simple network architecture.
  • Secure design
    • Provides a set of security guarantees that are based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Monday
Aug242015

Telit Communications – Company Profile

Introduction

Telit Wireless Solutions is an enabler of worldwide machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions.  Telit sells its many cellular, short-range, and positioning products across approximately 80 countries.  Telit Wireless Solutions and m2mAIR are brands of Telit Communications (AIM: TCM).  The company is headquartered in London. 

The IoT Engine

Telit created the IoT Engine to connect a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) assets, such as the ones listed below.  The IoT Engine connects remote assets to users’ corporate applications and to the Cloud in a very effective and efficient manner.

Connectible Assets through The IoT Engine

  • GNSS Modules
  • Cellular Modules
  • Short to Long Range RF Modules (SLRF)
  • m2mAIR cloud
  • m2mLocate
  • m2mAIR Mobile
  • Technical Support and Product Assistance
  • Telit2MARKET
  • Telit Global Logistics
  • Telit Software Management

Telit’s IoT Engine is marketed as a solution that gives users a plug-and-play path to the IoT.  It is the belief of Telit that users may be able to improve forecasting, logistics, billing, manufacturing, and other businesses processes by using the above connected assets.   

Friday
Aug212015

Vonage Announces Acquisition of iCore Networks

Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG) announced on Thursday, August 20, that it had entered into an agreement to acquire iCore Networks, Inc. (iCore) for approximately $92.00 million.  The acquisition is expected to expand Vonage’s Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) for businesses. 

Transaction Facts

  • Vonage is a leading provider of cloud communications services for consumers and businesses.
  • iCore is a provider of UCaaS for businesses and aims to merge a customer’s UC and cloud needs.
  • Alan Masarek, Vonage’s CEO, believes that the acquisition presents a strategic fit that will complement Vonage’s expansion of its UCaaS business.
  • Transaction will be financed through cash from Vonage’s balance sheet, as well as the company’s revolving credit facility.
  • Deal is expected to close by Q3 2015.

Strategic Considerations

  • Acquisition gives Vonage an additional 85,000+ new customer seats with monthly ARPU per customer of approximately $4,000.
  • Upwards of 60% of iCore’s revenue is derived from customers with more than 100 seats.
  • Vonage and iCore use the same call processing platform, which should allow for an easy integration of customer bases.
  • Vonage expects its annual recurring cost synergies to be more than $5.0 million in 2016.
  • Transaction price represents an estimated 1.3x iCore’s 2015 estimated revenues, which implies expected revenues to be approximately $70.8 million for 2015.

JSICA’s Take

  • Acquisition, along with prior acquisitions over the last year, demonstrates Vonage’s commitment in penetrating the small to medium business (SMB) market.
  • Currently, Vonage’s business segment accounts for roughly 22% of its revenues with the segment generating a monthly ARPU of $44.22 per seat.  ICore’s high monthly ARPU per seat of $68.62 will be a nice addition.  

 

Thursday
Aug202015

Jasper – Company Profile

Introduction

Jasper is a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform leader.  The company uses a software-as-a-service (SaaS) IoT platform that enables companies of all size to launch, manage, and monetize IoT services globally in a quick and cost-efficient fashion.

Benefits of Jasper’s IoT Platform

  • Businesses can often become more than just product businesses.
  • Businesses become service businesses.
  • Businesses are capable of managing customers’ entire IoT service.
  • Could increase customer value.
  • Incremental revenue streams.

Jasper IoT Control Center

IoT platform that lets users deploy, manage, and monetize IoT services.

 

Benefits of Control Center

  • Automated, real-time visibility and control
    • Enables users to have control over their networked devices and services.
  • Provides high service reliability
    • Real-time monitoring and intelligence of changes in network conditions.
  • Accelerate time-to-market
    • Efficiently and quickly scale IoT services throughout the globe.

IoT Service Lifecycle Software

Jasper IoT Control center is marketed as being able to automate and optimize an IoT service at every stage of its lifecycle.  By doing this it enables users to get the most out of applications, devices, and networks.

 

Thursday
Aug202015

ARM – Company Profile

Introduction

ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ: ARMH) is a world leader in semiconductor IP. The company’s primary role is to develop and license technology that is involved with many electronic devices, such as sensors, servers, and smartphones. ARM has begun making progress in the Internet of Things (IoT) market through its ARM mbed IoT Device Platform. 

ARM mbed IoT Device Platform     

  • Focuses on devices and services in end-to-end solutions.
  • Marketed as a fast way to create commercial and interoperable IoT products based on ARM microcontrollers.
  • Full potential of the IoT will be realized with interoperability between cloud services and nodes across various market segments.
  • Benefit of mbed is that it provides open standards based on a common platform and ecosystem for IoT development and connectivity.
  • Mbed enables IoT to become scalable from device to cloud.

ARM mbed Design Principles

  • Connectivity
    • Bluetooth Smart, 6LoWPAN, Thread, Wi-Fi, Cellular, built-in.
  • Efficiency
    • Automatically, use energy efficiently.
  • Security
    • End-to-end security made to be simple and standard.
  • Productivity
    • Use web and app development tools for embedded.

Benefits of ARM mbed

  • Building Systems, Servers, and Tools 
    • mbed OS 
      • Full-stack operating system designed for ARM Cortex-M-based MCUS, which is marketed as the world’s leading 32-bit microcontrollers that currently sell in the billions. 
      • Utilized for energy efficiency, connectivity, security, as well as reusable components.  It has the potential to enable innovation in the IoT space for FREE.   
    • Mbed Device Server 
      • Web server that accepts connections from mobile devices or web browsers.  
      • Connections from IoT devices is handled by a device server.   
      • Scalable server that supports many IoT devices. 
    • mbed Tools 
      • ARM is in the process of developing free command-line build, component management and test tools that are reliable. 

 

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