Arkessa announces Emport and makes M2M management easy
Emport brings all the information about remote infrastructure to one place
14 November 2011, Cambridge UK, Arkessa, the remote internet company which makes M2M easy, has built a web-based software application that enables a multi-network estate of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections to be managed via a single graphical dashboard.
The dashboard is central to Arkessa’s new M2M asset management portal, Emport. This portal enables, for the first time, managers to view, monitor and tune their entire register of M2M connections at the same time. Compatible with all networks and all operators, Emport joins existing estates of connections, from within any country, to the global or universal networks that provide world-wide coverage on multiple networks.
“Our goal was to make available the data that M2M managers value most, and give it to them instantly,” said Paul Green, director of marketing and technology at Arkessa. “We also recognise the need to make a system that’s flexible and intuitive. Emport is a vital and powerful tool for managers that is incredibly easy to use.”
Filtering of the data stored within Emport reveals the information that is of value. This is achieved by interacting directly with the portal’s on-screen graphics. Interaction via mouse clicks to pie and bar charts enable Emport to reveal, instantly, information that is focused on any number of parameters of choice, such as specific device groups, connections or geographical areas of interest.
User-defined tags can be applied to each connection within Emport. This assists with the identification of each connection, and enables the filtering into sets defined by users. However, when more information is required than can be held within a tag, Emport can be directed to data held within a company’s own IT systems.
In this way details, such as contacts, service level agreements, emergency numbers and preferred contractors, can be copied to user-defined fields and held within Emport for reference. This information is automatically checked and refreshed constantly, ensuring it is always up to date.
Emport automatically stores data for analysis purposes, enabling users to watch trends and monitor the performance of connections over time. This shows quickly which connections are not performing as expected. While the performance of each connection can be analysed, its running cost can be recorded by carrier and location. These costs can be contained by use of a range of features, including data alerts and caps that prevent over use and ‘bill shock’.
Paul Green said: “Arkessa is an innovator that’s making M2M easy to work with. Until now, the information that would be incredibly useful to IT, network and facilities managers has been buried and spread across a variety of systems. We’ve built an application that brings that information to one place, is as easy to use as an iPhone and can even incorporate external information that’s vital to the running of a business.”
The creation of Emport is Arkessa’s response to research, carried out in recent years, that revealed M2M managers desire immediate access to data that’s relevant and live. They want it quickly, and they need to analyse the current information along side its history.
Though the data travelling through each connection cannot be collected or read by Emport, the viability of each connection can be monitored, live, from the dashboard. If it is inactive, it can be pinged directly from the same screen, without the need to go to a different application.
Anticipating that customers for Emport will have a variety of needs and be operating within quite different business models, Arkessa has developed a range of scalable licence packages. While the entry-level standard package is intended for single user organisation, each managing up to 5,000 connections, a top-level ‘White Label’ package appropriate to mobile network operators, Systems Integrators and major corporate users, can be supplied with any level of customisation and branding that is required.
Emport, which is supported by Arkessa’s world-class support services, is available now.
More information about the product, how it can be integrated into different businesses and its pricing can be obtained from Adrian Currall at Arkessa.
For more information about Arkessa and Emport:
+44 845 33 11 668
+44 7776 046335
Paul Green is available for interview. Pictures are available on request.
Arkessa uses wireless cellular communication systems to connect things to other things, systems and people, enabling them to operate, be managed and controlled as though they were connected directly via the internet.
Arkessa is a pioneer of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for systems integrators and government organisations that support critical infrastructure, environmental services and mission-critical facilities. It also provides vital tools to those building an internet of things, including Mosaic and Emport. Arkessa’s wireless network services enable organisations to innovate, get closer to their customers, reduce costs, improve performance and enhance profitability. In addition to managing assets on the move, including buses, ships, trains, horses and people, many leading organizations depend on Arkessa to manage fixed facilities remotely, including CCTV, energy, HVAC, pumps, process plants, shops, street lamps, oil installations and railway crossings.
Supported by its partnership with global telecoms giant KDDI Telehouse, Arkessa’s services are meeting the growing demand for wireless networking in many markets. It is a founder member of Cambridge Wireless and of the m2mglobal network.
For more information about this case study, or to discuss your own needs, contact Arkessa on +44 (0) 845 3311 668 or go to www.arkessa.com