Telecoms enabler BICS joins IMC
May 1, 2018
International telecoms enabler BICS has joined the IoT M2M Council (IMC), the largest community of enterprise users and OEMs that buy IoT products and services, with more than 25,000 members globally, more than a third from North America.
The BICS portfolio of turnkey global IoT connectivity includes a virtualised core network in the cloud and roaming connectivity services for companies looking to integrate connected devices into their business, and control and monetise them.
BICS handles a quarter of the world's roaming traffic among network operators, and considers the IoT as the fastest-growing part of the roaming landscape. It provides seamless, reliable IoT roaming connectivity around the world for companies in the logistics, healthcare, automotive, insurance, consumer products and telematics sectors, as well as for mobile network and virtual network operators.
"IoT is a key priority for BICS, and we have a comprehensive connectivity offering for MNOs and MVNOs, as well as for enterprises and OEMs deploying thousands and even millions of devices, that need to manage their devices almost like network operators do," says Mikael Schachne, BICS's VP for mobility, who will represent the company on the IMC board. "We deliver seamless cellular coverage for IoT without borders', which is a key asset for companies in early adopter sectors such as logistics and automotive. IMC membership shows a truly global demographic, and we are confident that our solutions will address the objectives of the companies in these markets seeking to launch connected devices and services."
BICS acquired Telesign late in 2017, primarily to extend its offerings for connectivity platform as a service.
"The acquisition has given us access to 500 top digital clients, and we believe it will enable us to help bridge the divide between telco and enterprise needs," said Schachne.
The IMC is the largest and fastest-growing trade group dedicated to the global IoT and M2M sector with more than 25,000 enterprise users and OEMs that buy IoT products and services as members. Board member companies include 1NCE, Aeris, Arrow, Avnet, BICS, Digi International, HPE, Intel, Kore, Laird, Micro-Ant, MultiTech, Orbcomm, PTC, Re-Teck, Semtech, Sigfox, Tata Communications, Teleena, Telit, U-Blox, Verizon and Vodafone.