nPhase and Avnet Applied Computing Solutions Tackle M2M

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Avnet Applied Computing Solutions and nPhase will collaborate on a new wireless M2M infrastructure solution.

Avnet Applied Computing Solutions, a specialized integrator of single-purpose computing solutions, and nPhase, a machine-to-machine (M2M) technology company, will collaborate on a new wireless M2M solution.

The joint solution will combine both companies' software engineering, solution design, system integration, life-cycle management and monitoring services into a single wireless offering. The companies announced the new solution at National Manufacturing Week 2004 in Chicago this week.

"Combining nPhase's enterprise-class M2M technology and its 7x24 operations center with Avnet Applied Computing Solutions' technology integration and interface development capabilities provides manufacturers with a seamless M2M solution for a variety of end-user environments," said Troy Blanchette, senior vice president, Avnet Applied Computing Solutions. "Through this alliance, Avnet Applied Computing Solutions can now not only provide our customers with custom M2M computing technology, but we can also help them operate and service the complete solution."

Both nPhase and Avnet Applied Computing Solutions have developed strategic relationships with Nokia for wireless connectivity that strengthen the M2M initiative on a global level. "One of Nokia's objectives has been to spur significant adoption of M2M in the marketplace by working with the leading players," said Joel Buys, sales director, M2M, Americas Region for Nokia. "nPhase and Avnet Applied Computing Solutions represent an optimal channel to globally deploy M2M solutions," he added.

nPhase focuses on delivering tailored M2M solutions based upon customer-specified business requirements. It provides packaged M2M solutions under an ASP model.

Carol Ellison is editor of eWEEK.com's Mobile & Wireless Topic Center. She has authored whitepapers on wireless computing (two on network security–,Securing Wi-Fi Wireless Networks with Today's Technologies, Wi-Fi Protected Access: Strong, Standards-based Interoperable Security for Today's Wi-Fi Networks, and Wi-Fi Public Access: Enabling the future with public wireless networks.

Ms. Ellison served in senior and executive editorial positions for Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media. As an executive editor at Ziff Davis Media, she launched the networking track of The IT Insider Series, a newsletter/conference/Web site offering targeted to chief information officers and corporate directors of information technology. As senior editor at CMP Media's VARBusiness, she launched the Web site, VARBusiness University, an online professional resource center for value-added resellers of information technology.

Ms. Ellison has chaired numerous industry panels and has been quoted as a networking and educational technology expert in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, CNN Headline News, WNBC and CNN/FN, as well as local and regional Comcast and Cablevision reports. Her articles have appeared in most major hi-tech publications and numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.

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