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out to do. We acquired ClearConnex, an engineering outfit in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, to build our own device management capability. Then we set up two JVs (joint ventures), Progressive Platforms and Wyless Connect to deliver bundled solutions – device procuration, logistics and management, solution software and communications – in several verticals, so that we could market them as finished products. ‘You have a requirement and you want a solution? Sign here and you’ve got it, the whole nine yards.’ And our strategy seems to be working very well. M2M Now: You must have seen some extraordinary developments in the industry over the last 10 years? CL: Frankly, there are some things going on now in what they call the IoT, or Internet of Things, which are not only amazing, but quite scary. We have to be careful not to let our desire to manage everything around us become an obsession and introduce the world into an Orwellian 1984 scenario. Common sense is called for to distinguish between possible, desirable and useful. M2M Now: You clearly had a vision when you started Wyless, how do you see M2M developing over the next few years?

they kept faith during the most difficult years and deserve the rewards that I expect will come to them. We now have a team of over 100 employees in five countries, a team which is prepared to work 24/7/365 and even on national and religious holidays to support their company. Couple this with the technology innovation awards that we have won for Porthos, our Management Platform, and the numerous Value Chain Awards won with our partners. Just consider the many hundreds of customers who depend on us to keep their own customers happy and successful and these achievements make the few difficulties we have encountered seem inconsequential. I am very proud of what Wyless Group has accomplished, but we’re not finished yet. Over the next few years, we will continue to innovate, consolidate, expand geographically and maintain our place as the best, full end-to-end solutions-based business in the M2M industry.

CL: At the moment, M2M is a bit of a bun fight. Quite a few contenders, big and small are all fighting for the crumbs that fall from the MNOs’ table. As the industry matures we’ll see some consolidation and partnerships at all levels. Already, Wyless is privileged to work with 15 MNO partners and not just in a one-way relationship. A number of our network providers are also our customers, because they like the way we manage secure private networks and how we package our bundled solutions and they want to be a channel to market for us. The rapid growth in M2M and the IoT will require more global standardisation, just like other telecoms sectors. New roaming legislation will dictate open network SIM transfer, or over-the-air switching of multi-IMSI SIMs in globally deployed devices. The ITU and other bodies like OneM2M will become more involved, because we’re talking about billions of devices all over the world. It’s going to be a very interesting few years.

Chris Lowery, Wyless Group: Rapid growth in M2M and the IoT will require more global standardisation

M2M Now: Looking back over the last decade, what gives you the most pleasure? CL: To be very honest, just surviving after 10 hard years gives me a lot of pleasure, but there are so many other things to be thankful for. Firstly, I am immensely grateful to our Shareholders and Board of Directors;

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M2M Now Magazine October 2013 Edition  

The latest product, people & market news from the Machine to Machine sector. Includes expert industry opinions and interviews.

M2M Now Magazine October 2013 Edition  

The latest product, people & market news from the Machine to Machine sector. Includes expert industry opinions and interviews.

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