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Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced that it has acquired SensorLogic, a machine-to-machine (M2M) cloud-based platform vendor. Commenting on the transaction, Oliver Piou, Gemalto Chief Executive Officer noted: “With M2M, we continue to replicate our successful business model. Starting from advanced software embedded in a device, we add remote management and then application support to provide superior performance and differentiation to our customers.” Norbert Muhrer, Cinterion’s CEO, added “SensorLogic is a perfect fit for our M2M business. With SensorLogic, we are taking complexity out of M2M deployments thus clearly adding value to our clients”.

Founded in 2002, SensorLogic was an early pioneer in delivering a cloud-based, wireless, M2M service delivery platform to the market. Since its inception, the Company has remained exclusively focused on delivering platforms for M2M applications. Its scalable platform-as-a-service (Paas) software which powers a myriad of M2M applications is referred to as 'M2M 2.0'.
Gemalto, due to its leading position as a SIM card provider, has a strong presence in the “mainstream” cellular industry. M2M has been part of its ongoing plans to grow its footprint in the cellular communications market. This acquisition, alongside its 2010 purchase of Cinterion, should position Gemalto to offer an end-to-end M2M solution. Moving towards a platform strategy is a key move to gain a foothold in the M2M industry. One such case came about in early 2011 when Ericsson bought Telenor’s M2M platform, allowing Telenor to focus its attention to a service oriented strategy within the M2M markets.

A key point to note would be how Gemalto, leveraging on its strengths in security solutions, embed its expertise right up to the platform level. This comes at the back of growing prominence on security issues in the various M2M markets such as smart metering, mobile payments and telehealth in which security is vital for these verticals to flourish.
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