The Internet of Things (IoT) – cyber-attacks and data theft – apocalyptic or solved with the right solutions?..

  • Connected dumb and smart devices falling victims in unsecure networks
  • M2M/IoT platform managed services serve up resilient and secure answers
  • Markets should no longer consider costs and challenges in deployment as barriers

With Hewlett-Packard (HP) reporting that up to 70% of devices developed for the Internet of Things (IoT) are vulnerable to cyber-attacks, the technology phenomenon that will impact on all of our lives, which will see some 26 billion installed units by 2020 according to Gartner, is under constant review in relation to data security. And this is further endorsed by Symantec’s recent commentary in relation to m-Health devices that were proven hackable by a simple $70 adapted hardware gadget. With the world rapidly heading towards a digitally beating pulse, the need to ‘lock down’ mission critical’ data across multiple applications has never been greater.

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Matt McPherson, UK Sales Manager of Wireless Logic, a European leader in M2M/IoT platform managed services explains that solutions are out there – it’s simply a case of knowing what to do and where to go: “At Wireless Logic, we have a growing base in excess of 1.5 million connected devices, the vast majority of which are across cellular networks. More and more of these applications are choosing to ‘overlay’ virtual private networks (VPN’s) to give their own private pipe between device and their control point – and by doing this, creating an environment where data is far more secure.”

Organisations like Wireless Logic utilise their own Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to create virtual networks interconnected back into the mobile networks and their own fully redundant data centres. In the case of Wireless Logic, their IaaS known as ‘NetPro’ delivers sector-leading technology with virtually zero capex to implement and integrate into a client’s own network. Assigning fixed/static IP to each data SIM gives additional security ensuring seamless two-way communication between device and control. Matt McPherson continues: “Infrastructures such as NetPro are providing levels of security that organisations would normally expect from significant IT investments. A large percentage of our total subscription estate has now adopted the NetPro VPN.”

The challenges of establishing secure M2M device networks can also be time consuming. This is particularly so when encountering device estates that are connected across multiple mobile networks. The traditional model has been for organisations to put all of their ‘connectivity eggs’ in one basket. The expectation of multiple costly VPNs with numerous APNs has often led to compromised solutions, often dictated by cost and time implications on the operation. Once more M2M platform managed services providers such as Wireless Logic are thinking outside the box to unify connectivity by enabling users to select one or multiple Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and still work off one secure VPN. “M2M asset deployments should and must not be limited to a single MNO,” continues Wireless Logic’s Matt McPherson. “Platforms are now in place where asset portfolios can straddle several mobile networks with the customer controlling the entire deployment through one cloud-based window. Country and multiple-country M2M strategies must have the flexibility to select MNOs on their suitability – geo-optimised and with the best commercials.  Add to this initiatives such as our ‘oneAPN’ which enables customers to assign the same Access Point Name (APN) regardless of MNO, we are streamlining the processes by which assets can be connected easily and securely, often in the field, without the need for multiple and complex provisioning protocol.”

Vulnerabilities within the Internet of Things and M2M world will continue to be raised as more and more devices are commissioned across a rapidly growing number of vertical markets. And whether the device is ‘dumb’ or ‘smart’, the drive to limit cyber attacks and hacking will see further widespread sector standards so that the corporate and consumer world don’t become victims of this new technology revolution.

 

Wireless Logic adds Dutch carrier KPN to its growing M2M Managed Services portfolio.

With European mobile networks and global satellite providers at the core of Wireless Logic’s M2M Managed Services, Dutch telecoms leader KPN has become the latest strategic partner to be part of the Group. With 4G, global roaming and strategic partnerships with other carriers including Vodafone and T-Mobile, KPN’s services will add significantly to Wireless Logic’s European offering with a regional focus on the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Oliver Tucker, co-founder and CEO Wireless Logic Group said: “We are delighted to bring KPN under the Wireless Logic portfolio of carriers. They are investing significantly to deliver specialist M2M solutions which, with the addition of Wireless Logic’s value-added overlay of services, will deliver a compelling proposition for new and existing customers.”

With 19 Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and satellite carriers, Wireless Logic now offer even more breadth and depth to organisations seeking one or multiple networks with a suite of managed services to deliver resilient and secure M2M communications.

Wireless Logic GmbH picks up major technology recognition

At a glittering ceremony, Wireless Logic’s business model – providing M2M Managed Services for multiple applications -  was a finalist within the M2M category at this year’s ‘eco Industry Awards 2014 WG’. The awards recognise leading service and technology innovations across the internet with this year welcoming the developments seen within the M2M sector.

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Wireless Logic’s business proposition is widely recognised as the definitive connectivity and control solution for cellular and satellite enabled devices, empowering users to connect, view and control large estates of assets. 2014 has seen its managed services enhanced with the launch of an all-new provisioning tool based on its sector-leading platform ‘SIMPro’. This delivers a host of new features that give users better visibility, tailored operational procedures and comprehensive tariff control across 18 global mobile networks and satellite services.

As a finalist in the M2M category,  Ulrich Kaindl, Managing Director Wireless Logic GmbH said: “Wireless Logic’s global proposition of M2M Managed Services has made a big impact across multiple European industry verticals. Our platforms, private infrastructure and connectivity solutions create a ‘one stop’ channel for organisations requiring focused M2M/IoT managed services. The recognition highlighted our unique ability to be entirely network agnostic, delivering connectivity and private network solutions tailored to a client’s application.  We are delighted to be recognised.”

Finalists were shortlisted following intensive scrutiny from an esteemed panel of judges including Prof. Dr. Paul Alpar, Monika Grass, Frank Kemper, Prof. Dr. Claudia Loebbecke, Dr. Michael Opitz, Prof. Dr. Norbert Pohlmann, Gerd Simon and Bruno Wallraf. “The innovative power of the sector continues unbroken,” said a delighted Harald A. Summa, eco CEO. “Today’s finalists are all contributing impressively to the Internet industry remaining an essential driving force in the economy.”

For more information on the awards go to:
http://www.eco.de/veranstaltungen/awards

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‘eco’, with more than 700 member organisations, is the largest Internet industry association in Europe.  Since 1995, the organisation has been instrumental in the development of the Internet in Germany, fostering new technologies, infrastructures and markets. As an association, one of its important tasks is to represent the interests of members in politics, and in national and international committees. As well as eco’s headquarters in Cologne, there are offices in the German capital Berlin, and representation at all relevant political decision-making processes in Brussels.  eco is a founding member of EuroISPA, the umbrella organisation for European Internet associations, eco also represents the German industry with a seat on the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) at ICANN, and is a driving force behind the Internet Governance Forum.

To learn more about the organization, go to www.eco.de

Wireless Logic appoints former Blackberry Global Operations Director to new European role

Wireless Logic has appointed Matthew Tate as its new Head of Operations encompassing business activity through its UK and European territories. As the former European and Global Director of Enterprise Sales Operations at Blackberry (previously known as Research in Motion – RIM), Matthew brings an extraordinary breadth of experience to this newly created role within the organisation. His remit will span the customer experience being delivered across its direct sales operations in the UK, France, Germany and Spain and evolve operational processes to keep pace with Wireless Logic’s dramatic growth.

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The position is ‘full circle’ for Matthew as earlier in his career he was part of the original team at Wireless Logic where he provided logistics and operational support across a four year period. He then joined Research in Motion where he rose through the ranks including a spell as the global Operations lead for major account Telefonica.

Commenting on the move Matthew Tate said: “I’m joining the Wireless Logic team at a strategically important time in the organisation’s evolution. Our challenge is to build upon the strong operating practices so that customers experience levels of service that continue to set us apart from other platform and infrastructure providers within the M2M space. As a Managed Services specialist the emphasis must always be focused on ‘Added Value’ – whether the business is generated within the UK or across Europe. I’m looking forward to working with our teams, partners and customers to help take Wireless Logic to the next level.”

Oliver Tucker, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wireless Logic adds: “Matthew brings a high degree of blue-chip experience which will have a significant impact across our operations. His senior roles at Blackberry will complement our own aspirations as we shape the organisation to deliver on our continuing path of growth.”

Now in their fifteenth year of operation, UK-based Wireless Logic has seen continuous year on year sales increases that mirror the exponential expansion of the world of M2M and the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). The organisation has country offices in France, Germany and Spain. In 2011, a MBO was performed by co-founders Oliver Tucker and Philip Cole with support by UK equity specialist ECI Partners (ecipartners.com).

 

 

Wireless Logic’s ‘SIM Sisters’ switch to ‘Race for Life’

Congratulations go to Wireless Logic’s ‘Team SIM Sisters’  featuring six of our UK HQ staff who have successfully completed the Cancer Research ‘Race for Life’. On a warm June Saturday and led by Credit Control Supervisor Tracy Greenfield, the intrepid six ran, jogged and strolled around the 5km course at Windsor Race Course.

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Inspired by the courage of both her father and a work colleague from a neighbouring organisation who have been affected by cancer, Tracy felt compelled to rally the Wireless Logic staff into this worthwhile cause. “In its 20th year, this charity touches the hearts of so many people and can deliver such positivity to individuals fighting this disease. My shout out to the team saw six of our most determined athletes who have all performed admirably with some excellent times posted for the event,” commented Tracy Greenfield.

With over £1200 raised Saturday’s event has surpassed everyone’s expectations. For customers and partners who would like to acknowledge the efforts of the SIM Sisters, please go to: http://www.justgiving.com/sim-sisters

The SIM Sisters winning team: Emma Hardman, Jo Sheldon, Tracy Greenfield, Hayley White, Kerry John and Gina Burnell

 

 

Wireless Logic now part of Telefonica’s Global Partner Programme

Telefonica has announced the integration of Wireless Logic into its M2M Global Partner Programme.  With more than 6,000 customers and over 1.5m SIM subscriptions, Wireless Logic is a leading provider of M2M managed services incorporating platforms, infrastructure, bolt-on services such as Device Management and connectivity.  In an increasingly connected world, Wireless Logic was established through the vision of co-founders Oliver Tucker and Philip Cole, to create a critically important layer between mobile networks and organisations requiring a dedicated M2M managed services solution. That layer is a finely-tuned set of value-added services including its ‘SIMPro’ provisioning and control platform, and its private network overlay ‘NetPro’.

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Telefonica and Wireless Logic have been working together for several years delivering tailored M2M services including local and global connectivity to a broad range of market sectors. By joining the Global Partner Programme, the partnership gives both organisations added breadth and scale outside of the UK, predominantly within Wireless Logic’s operating businesses in Spain, Germany and France. Outside of Europe, the organisation is actively working on projects in the Middle East and Latin America.

Commenting on the announcement, Oliver Tucker, CEO Wireless Logic said: “Working closely with Telefonica delivers a number of strategic benefits designed to optimize our commercial synergies, share market intelligence and reinforce our partnership approach to ongoing business development. We look forward to expanding our European and global strategy with the support of the Telefonica network.”

In the year ahead, Wireless Logic is targeted to continue its expansion with further investment across its platforms and infrastructure. The organisation has been recognised in both The Sunday Times Tech Track and Profit Track league tables as one of the UK’s most successful technology organisations in both growth and business performance.

Wireless Logic is a European leader in the IOT/M2M marketplace providing ‘one window’ to control and manage an estate of SIMs across 18 European Network Operators.

 

 

Wireless Logic in The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100, 2014

Wireless Logic has been featured for the third year running in The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 – as one of Britain’s one hundred private companies with the fastest-growing profits. In another record year for the Buckinghamshire-based M2M managed services provider, Wireless Logic is amongst good company with fellow British companies including JCB construction equipment, Pret A Manger and Towergate Insurance. Together the 100 companies in the league table grew their profits over the last three years by an average of 66% a year with combined profits of £1.6bn, delivered by 93,800 staff.

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Commenting on their placing, Oliver Tucker, co-founder and CEO for Wireless Logic says: “We are building a business that delivers value throughout the operation – for our clients and our stakeholders. We continue to invest huge sums in our M2M platforms and private network infrastructure all designed to reduce ‘Total Cost of Ownership’ across our customers’ M2M programmes. And it is also a vote of confidence for every organisation who chooses us as a customer or supplier; in an industry that is brimming with fledgling operations hoping to be part of the ‘Internet of Things’ phenomenon, successful organisations need to work with financially strong and stable partners.”

Paul Eagland, partner and head of professional services at BDO, the title sponsor of the league table comments: “Britain endured the longest recession within the G7, yet entrepreneurial businesses across the UK are bouncing back more strongly than their international counterparts. The nation’s most profitable companies have remained focused, positioning their businesses for – and helping to create – the economic recovery we are now witnessing.”

Wireless Logic is now in its 14th year of operation, providing sector-leading connectivity and managed services to a broad range of customers throughout the UK and across Europe.  Its ‘SIMPro’ provisioning platform empowers users to have full visibility and control of their SIM-based estates, whilst ‘NetPro’, its private network overlay, transcends over 17 European Mobile Networks and satellite providers. With around 1.5m SIM-enabled connected devices across its platforms, Wireless Logic is backed by private equity through ECI Partners (www.ecipartners.com).

To see a full list of the Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100, click here.

 

 

Physical interconnect to Wireless Logic’s data centre is win-win for ADSL alternative

ISP’s wanting 3G/4G primary and back-up are switching to a physical interconnect for high bandwidth connectivity.

Recently, Wireless Logic has seen a big increase in Internet Service Providers (ISPs) switching to 3G/4G back-up and even primary, as a direct replacement to ADSL.  And to enable higher bandwidth and a seamless intereconnect, ISPs are utilising a physical fibre interconnect by hardwiring within their data centres. Such connectivity is creating more flexibility for ISPs and direct control for them to manage all data traffic without the need for a VPN.

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Whether as back-up or as a primary for a data-rich ADSL alternative, the physical hardwire interconnect solution is a least-cost route without the need for dedicated fixed lines. Naturally such an interconnect is suitable for organisations sharing data centres with Wireless Logic with the process taking as little as two days to set up.

‘Wireless Logic provides a unique gateway into 17 mobile networks – a physical interconnect directly into us ensures bigger links with higher bandwidth with one window to multiple cellular providers,” comments Matt Thomas, Chief Technology Officer for Wireless Logic. “3G/4G back-up or primary is now a genuine alternative to the expense and potential lengthy timescales when needing immediate broadband services. This simple yet important link enables ISPs to deliver more flexible and tailored solutions, with rapid deployment and minimal CAPEX.”

To learn more about 3G/4G connectivity as a back-up or primary application, talk to Justin Godfrey-Cass, Business Development Manager on +44 90)1494 679 803.

 

Major investment into the SIM Provisioning Platform ‘SIMPro’

Latest news from Wireless Logic

  • Customer-centric redesign enables more functionality for users with multiple SIM estates
  • One platform window to multiple mobile network and satellite connected devices
  • Many new features to drive rapid deployment, personalisation, increased security and control

Launching this month, Wireless Logic (wirelesslogic.com) – a leading provider of M2M Managed Services has carried out a major overhaul of their SIM estate provisioning and control platform ‘SIMPro’. The platform empowers users to remotely control a range of activities through their SIM-connected devices.

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Beyond mainstream features such as provisioning, tariff selection and personalised billing, the new platform has a number of applications including activation profile settings, where tailored characteristics for a specific device can be developed and then configured directly onto new SIMs. This is particularly important for estates where configuration of SIMs to specific profiling can be time consuming. The new feature saves time and streamlines the entire provisioning process.

With security and control key attributes for successful M2M connectivity programmes, SIMPro delivers a one-window viewing platform to monitor data usage and activity on a per SIM basis. This functionality comes into its own when combined with Wireless Logic’s secure private network overlay ‘NetPro’, giving customers the capability to monitor real-time data use and react if and when devices demonstrate unusual patterns of activity. With all SIMs and networks terminating through one VPN, management and control procedures become more effective and seamless.

The SIMPro platform also links to Wireless Logic’s latest M2M product extension – MapPro mapping solutions. This service integrates the power and breadth of HERE maps and geo-data (HERE – a Nokia business), which customers can utilise either as a bundled package with SIM subscriptions or as a standalone application.

The SIMPro provisioning platform already manages and monitors in excess of one million SIM-enabled devices. The applications involved are endless… from traffic cameras to vehicle tracking, and from e-health patient monitors to vending machines. The new platform will become an even more essential tool for systems integrators managing increased numbers of devices where performance monitoring and operational status can be critical in delivering best value. By accessing SIMs across all of the UK’s and Europe’s Mobile Networks and additionally Inmarsat Satellite, the ‘one-window to everything’ can reduce costs, create efficiencies and identify and rectify problems rapidly. SIMPro can integrate easily into customers’ own systems with a new range of APIs.

Philip Cole, Wireless Logic’s European Sales Director and co-founder, believes the platform’s ‘one-window’ is mission critical in conducting large-scale M2M SIM management: “The major changes across our provisioning platform have resulted from a significant customer engagement programme to identify areas for improvement. The latest incarnation of SIMPro is a complete re-development of previous versions with a greater emphasis on the customer experience. It works equally as well with multiple SIM estates as well as smaller scale deployments where real-time monitoring of high-data use SIMs is vital. We passionately believe that SIMPro is the right platform for every M2M cellular-based application.”

Wireless Logic recently announced new commercials with the SIMPro provisioning platform. Recognising that customers can be locked into protracted contracts, SIMPro can now be used on a per SIM license basis. This enables organisations to overlay existing network relationships with the SIMPro platform and establish a single control point across one or more networks.

Now in their fifteenth year of operation, UK-based Wireless Logic has seen continued growth that mirrors the exponential expansion of the world of M2M and the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). The organisation now has country offices in France, Germany and Spain. In 2011, a MBO was performed by co-founders Oliver Tucker and Philip Cole with support by UK equity specialist ECI Partners (ecipartners.com).

 

 

 

Wireless Logic key contributor to Wireless Magazine’s spotlight on M2M

We are delighted to feature within the UK’s leading wireless publication ‘Wireless Magazine’. There are key note articles on the enterprise market and how M2M communication platforms are playing a lead role in providing controlled and cost-effective mobilisation, along with how M2M platforms are taking on the world of ADSL. Additionally, a further feature on our collaboration with HERE, a Nokia business providing comprehensive and integrated mapping solutions. To view the entire publication,  click the link here: WLWirelessSpotlight14

Global reach as Wireless Logic bearer services expand

2014 has seen Wireless Logic evolve its choice of connectivity with formalised agreements with satellite provider INMARSAT and mobile network operator Three UK.

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Commenting on the latest additions to the network partnerships already in place, Oliver Tucker, CEO says: “Cost and choice of communication in the connected world are key drivers for organisations developing M2M and IoT programmes. We are committed to provide the right communication platforms for the job in hand, and this means we must present a portfolio that enables genuinely one-stop shopping. The economics of satellite and related hardware are now in reach to a broader audience. Bringing global leader INMARSAT to our customer base creates a border-less platform where previously out-of-reach devices are now in touch, with realistic costings. We have brought in specialist knowledge to help us  deliver appropriate guidance and expertise for customers requiring satellite connectivity.”

Three UK now completes the UK connectivity offering by joining Wireless Logic’s 17 UK and European mobile networks. “We are pleased to welcome the Three UK specialist data network into our fold and are confident that users will want to consider this fully wrapped mobile platform in conjunction with our overlaid managed services,” comments Philip Cole, European Sales Director.

In the coming months, there are likely to be further announcements as more bearer platforms are added to the Wireless Logic managed services portfolio.