Yesterday saw the official launch of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Marketplace, a platform for manufacturers and businesses from across the globe to offer their hardware, software, apps and total solutions relating to M2M communication. It is hoped that the Marketplace will offer manufacturers an additional global distribution channel to complement existing sales outlet, as well as providing interested parties with a simple and convenient means of comparing products and services on an international scale.
Deutsche Telekom’s Chief Product and Innovation Officer, Thomas Kiessling, commented on the launch:
“Our M2M Marketplace makes it easy for our partners to market their offers around the world. Anyone looking for an M2M solution to optimise their business will find what they need on our marketplace. The Marketplace brings together global supply and demand for M2M solutions in a straightforward way, thereby lending greater dynamism to M2M business.”
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The different possible applications of M2M cover a diverse range of sectors resulting in a wide cross-section of partners working together to develop unique solutions. The Marketplace supports both solution providers and customers who want to optimise their business through the support of M2M.
The process is both simple yet effective. Vendors enter details of their hardware, software and/or industry apps onto the Marketplace including a precise description and suitable images, such as of the product itself or screenshots of the web interface. There are nine sectors which the products or services on offer can be allocated to: Energy, Healthcare, Transport & Logistics, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Retail, Industrial Automation, Public Sector and Security.
Until 2 July, 2012, vendors can offer their M2M solutions free of charge, with the usual fees being incurred following launch period. The Marketplace will be launched in English with other languages planned as the platform expands into the consumer market.