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Sprint Paces M2M Innovation with Open ApproachBy PR Services
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 23, 2012 -- With machine to machine (M2M) market growth accelerating from fast to blistering, Sprint (NYSE: S) is adding even greater impetus to its M2M leadership in 2012. Key actions year to date include:
Telecom, media and technology experts at Analysys Mason predict the global market for M2M connections will grow to 2.1 billion devices in 2021 from 100.4 million devices in 2011.
Sprint Reputation for Innovation Grows, as Global M2M Capabilities Expand
"For more than a dozen years, Sprint has been at the forefront of M2M breakthroughs and has helped coordinate opportunities for developers and business partners to power their innovative M2M products on its network," said Matt Carter, president of Global Wholesale and Emerging Solutions, Sprint. "The company remains a technology leader by giving the customer the service they want, when and where they need it. This includes developing entirely new, industry-first core competencies as a systems integrator for the automotive industry and provider of turnkey insurance solutions."
Innovation: Sprint recently announced examples of how it teams with innovative companies on M2M solutions, such as VendScreen and Live U, as well as how it uses Cernium's Check Video solution to meet the video surveillance needs of Georgetown County (S.C.) Water and Sewer District.
Accolades: This year Sprint has earned honors for its M2M execution from noted independent entities:
Global Capability: Sprint also is collaborating with multiple international carriers to address global customer requirements. One example is Orange Business Services, which helps to expands global M2M connectivity for Sprint customers across 180 countries. Businesses can more easily take their operation nearly anywhere in the world, reducing complexity by working with a single point of contact to provide a unified, cost effective solution to meet domestic and international connectivity needs.
2012 Marks Significant Milestones for Sprint's M2M Strategy
Sprint has a sharp focus on launching solutions for high-growth opportunities, including automotive, usage-based insurance, transportation, retail, energy, security and healthcare. Major developments during the year include:
Automotive: Chrysler Group LLC and Sprint recently announced their collaboration to develop a new wireless in-vehicle connectivity experience by evolving Uconnect Access to include a variety of new, easy-to-use connected features and services that are designed to help keep drivers focused on the primary driving task. Uconnect Access uses the Sprint Connected Vehicle Platform architecture and delivers built-in vehicle connectivity via embedded wireless technology. Sprint Velocity for Vehicle Manufacturers delivers an affordable, high-quality and customized end-to-end solution to reduce complexity and provide nimble mobile-enabled technology updates, which help generate greater customer loyalty. Uconnect debuts on the 2013 RAM 1500 and SRT Viper.
Usage-Based Insurance: In July, Sprint launched Integrated Insurance Solutions, an end-to-end usage-based insurance service designed specifically for the auto insurance industry. It gives insurance carriers the ability to offer customers personalized discounts based on their driving habits. The vehicle is fitted with a small device that easily plugs into the diagnostic port and captures vehicle information and driver behavior data which is transmitted over the Sprint wireless network. A cloud-based system collects, analyzes and scores driver behavior enabling insurance carriers to improve driver risk assessments, reduce costs and improve profitability. Esurance is the first major insurance carrier to offer a solution with Sprint.
Connected Transportation: Sprint has a rich history of serving the fleet and telematics needs of consumers and businesses with a variety of location, navigation and management solutions. Sprint offers a broad portfolio of M2M telematics solutions for business fleets and consumers that increase fuel and worker efficiencies and improve driver safety. Examples include:
Fleet management services from leading solutions providers are a staple in the Sprint portfolio. These solutions provide businesses with real-time visibility and data for making better informed decisions for their mobile workforce to assist them in achieving increased operational efficiencies, the safety of their mobile workers, regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction.
Retail: With the many innovations emerging to help the retail industry better serve its customers, Sprint is working with a variety of companies to power kiosks, digital signage and vending solutions, such as:
Remote Monitoring: In addition, Sprint powers a variety of remote monitoring solutions that meet unique needs across healthcare, security and smart grid/energy, including:
Sprint's Open Approach to Platform Providers
For many developers and innovators, the end-to-end process of bringing an embedded device or application to market can be daunting. There are a number of companies that offer a wide variety of managed services and can support them through the entire process -- from deployment to lifecycle management to customer experience. Unlike competitors, Sprint works with several platform providers in order to be certain it can meet the varied needs of its customers and help them quickly and cost-effectively bring their ideas from concept to market. Examples include:
Sprint also teams with Aeris and Numerex for Direct Communications Services (DCS).
About the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group
Sprint is at the forefront of this wireless industry revolution, teaming with and supporting a large and diverse portfolio of innovative companies to create smarter wireless solutions that change the way people work and live. Sprint offers a hands-on, interactive lab in Burlingame, Calif., where ideas, knowledge and technology unite to produce wirelessly enabled M2M concepts and products. The Sprint Command Center allows businesses with Sprint wireless-connected products the ability to manage, activate and deactivate each device via a Web-based portal. To learn more about Sprint's M2M offerings, visit www.sprint.com/m2m.
Sprint Network Leadership
The Network Vision initiative is designed to enhance customers' network experience with faster data speeds, improved voice quality and easier connectivity. Sprint expects the Network Vision improvements to be mostly complete by the end of 2013.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
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