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Jasper adopts policy server for internet of things

Major M2M platform provider will integrate Tekelec's system to prioritize different types of traffic from embedded devices


Published: 31 January, 2013


Policy management has been increasingly vital to carriers' strategies to control the mobile data surge and turn it into a profit engine rather than a burden. Policy servers enable operators to identify different types of traffic, prioritizing high value packets and offloading others. Now similar thinking is being applied to the coming explosion in machine-to-machine data, as seen in the latest move by Jasper Wireless, the largest independent M2M platform provider. It is investing in the policy server from Tekelec, in order to assign different priorities to traffic across the internet of things.

Jasper is challenging Ericsson and others to be the leading platform for managing carriers' and enterprises' embedded devices, which will explode in number over the coming years with the increasing trend to put wireless communications into every gadget and sensor. These will require different treatment according to application, explained Tekelec - for instance, heart monitors would take priority over fitness gadgets in a medical system, while surveillance cameras might require constant availability more critically than vending machines.

Policy servers also feed into billing systems, since different M2M devices and services will carry different charges, and in most cases this will be implemented in real time, not via a monthly bill.

Jasper, whose operator customers include AT&T, KPN, NTT Docomo and Telefonica, will integrate Tekelec's Policy Server (PCRF) to optimize M2M traffic over 3G and LTE networks.

Researchers at Analysys Mason estimate that there were 100.4m connected devices at the end of 2011, with the number set to rise to 2.1bn by 2021.

"Jasper's services are helping mobile operators capitalize on an M2M revenue opportunity that will grow to nearly $1.2 trillion by 2020 according to the GSMA," said Doug Suriano, CTO of Tekelec. "Tekelec's Policy Server will ensure that Jasper can scale its deployment of connected devices and services quickly and profitably."

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