OptConnect announced Monday formal launch into the Internet of Things (IoT) market with the creation of a patent-pending smart embedded modem for IoT, OptConnect ema.
OptConnect’s combination of a smart embedded modem plus fully managed services is the initial “connectivity-as-a-service” offering in the IoT industry, and builds on OptConnect’s unparalleled managed services expertise to help companies to quickly and cost-effectively deploy and scale their IoT projects.
OptConnect’s IoT managed services are the ideal solution for customers across a wide range of industries, including retail, energy, agriculture, healthcare and others, who need to embed cellular wireless connectivity into their solution without the trial and error, slower time to market and cost normally associated with typical IoT implementations.
OptConnect’s comprehensive solution includes 24/7/365 carrier monitoring and help desk with one-call resolution and service-level agreements (SLAs) on response time, multicarrier support, device and device management analytics, hardware warranties, IoT professional services and a wealth of other capabilities that help companies move their IoT projects to market quickly and cost-effectively.
The introduction of ema positions OptConnect at the top of the IoT managed services market by delivering to customers a seamless wireless experience without the cost and difficulty of developing low-level embedded wireless design.
ema is a fully certified LTE Category 4 smart embedded modem with an optimized developed wireless application that supports multi-carrier connectivity and includes embedded applications for mission-critical device management and managed services by OptConnect. ema has an onboard microcontroller with embedded firmware and software developed by OptConnect, providing plug-and-play functionality.
ema features a compact design to fit on a host board design, comes with powerful capabilities, including fully certified PTCRB and full carrier certification and dual-carrier SIM on board; offers device management application right out of the box for firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) updates, power management and carrier failover; and provides high levels of security already baked in through AWS IoT Core.
“Building on our vast experience in managed service wireless connectivity for markets such as ATMs, digital signage, kiosks and more, OptConnect is entering the IoT space with a fully managed wireless service right out of the box, making it easy for customers to quickly and cost-effectively scale their IoT deployments and improve their time to revenue,” said Chris Baird, president and CEO, OptConnect. “The introduction of ema into this mix is a game-changer. Other companies that develop embedded modems leave the customer to figure out the development, certification and management on their own. Through our robust managed service offering, OptConnect can save them time, money and the headache and hassle that is usually experienced with typical IoT connectivity deployments.”