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Airbus simplifies satellite control for M2M applications

Steve Rogerson
May 7, 2015
Airbus Defence & Space has launched Proximity M2M, a global M2M management system that provides visibility and control of satellite data in a single multi-device service. The service is designed to simplify the integration and management of satellite communications components within standard M2M networks and applications by using an interface to make different components work together seamlessly within the same network.
From low data rate lightweight M2M (LWM2M) systems to high-speed VSat (very small aperture terminal) based IP terminals, Proximity M2M helps keep any M2M network operational, providing confidence in each and every terminal’s ability to deliver real-time data. Should the system detect an issue with any terminal inside the network, it will automatically issue an alert notification. The user can access the terminals online for remote troubleshooting or initiate on-site service measures to optimise remote operations and enhance the efficiency of all nodes within the network. 
The multi-technology enabler allows quick and seamless integration of satellite M2M terminals into existing systems and M2M applications enabled by a web services API. Via the Proximity M2M web portal, users benefit from a 24-hour online access to scalable monitoring applications with remote terminal management, location-based services and bidirectional messaging. Furthermore, the portal provides reporting functionalities for performance analysis and a multi-user management structure to administrate user access levels.
Suited to enterprise users’ needs, this scalable end-to-end M2M system includes connections to terminals, global satellite connectivity services, real-time monitoring tools and round-the-clock customer care. It enables the management of a range of satellite M2M applications including smart grids for utility companies and oil and gas pipeline monitoring, as well as global logistics and fleet management of vehicles and vessels. It also provides secure network management for more established M2M applications such as remote ATMs and satellite communications in the construction, energy and mining sectors.
“We are focusing on making it easy for our customers and partners to build, deploy, monitor and operate their connected M2M solutions beyond terrestrial networks,” said Danny Côté, head of enterprise at Airbus Defence & Space. “The Proximity M2M management solution with M2M web portal and web services API for satellite connected devices is a major step towards our goal of becoming partner of choice in the M2M space.”