Panasonic Systems Communications Company Europe (PSCEU) recently launched its own Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) service, allowing its business devices to connect seamlessly with the M2M / IoT cloud. The company showcased and demonstrated its MVNO services with connected products at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 held on March 2 – 5, 2015, in Barcelona, Spain.
The company said that it will begin to integrate mobile connectivity across product lines, allowing them to access new Panasonic M2M cloud services. These could include remote monitoring, data collection and analysis – driving efficiency and reliability.
Panasonic’s Solutions – Booth Highlights
Many of the products are IoT ready, from Toughbook and ToughPad, Panasonic’s 5 inch rugged device which has voice capability, to projectors and professional cameras, Panasonic are increasingly connecting the business customers, making their working lives more efficient.
“Nubo”, 4G surveillance camera
The Panasonic Nubo, the industry’s first mobile connected 4G monitoring camera. Launching at MWC, this portable camera offers users the freedom and flexibility of being deployed across a variety of locations and use cases, without the need for a power or Wi-Fi connection.
Remote projector and display monitoring allows Panasonic visual products to be monitored remotely so that ‘the show always goes on’. Key performance data such as on/off status, lamp life and temperature is transmitted to the cloud, allowing predictive maintenance and optimizing product up-time. Time consuming work such as lamp replacement, filter cleaning and maintenance is then scheduled intelligently by the customer, who can even have the full service outsourced to Panasonic.
Heating and Cooling Solutions
Panasonic Heating and Cooling Solutions can now be monitored and controlled remotely via the Panasonic M2M network, allowing maximum uptime and significant savings in energy and carbon emissions. A leading European supermarket chain is currently trialing this service in some stores in Europe.
Green Tower – Energy Infrastructure Management Solutions
The Green Tower is a comprehensive energy solution integrating smart energy generating, storage, and control assets for cellular communication and Wi-Fi cell sites for on-grid, unreliable-grid, and off-grid applications. “This turn-key solution highlights the significant benefits mobile operators can achieve by incorporating an integrated energy management platform and Lithium Ion battery technology into their network energy strategy,” said John O’Donohue, Chief Executive Officer of PowerOasis.
The Green Tower comprehensive energy solution incorporates best-in-class Panasonic components including Li-ion batteries and HIT solar modules, in combination with technology from PowerOasis.
At the Press Conference
Panasonic press conference was held on March 2, the first day of the MWC. Masaki Arizono, Managing Director of PSCEU said, “As one of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers, our new M2M network is the start of a strategic transformation. It is the first step in making our vast portfolio of products M2M capable, helping our customers to make their infrastructure and business processes intelligent. The results for our customers are simple network infrastructure, less capital tied up in stock, and improved customer service.”
Finally, Panasonic announced the establishment of Panasonic Business Software Solutions Europe, formed following the acquisition of DHL Digital Solutions, a team within DHL Specialist Services UK. The new company offers advanced software for the control and management of logistics and supply chain.
Laurent Abadie, CEO of Panasonic Europe, commented, “The establishment of Panasonic Business Software Solutions Europe is an important step towards our strategy of offering business customers a one-stop-shop for the design, roll out and operation of their business solutions. Our connected products, virtual mobile network, software and services provide the building blocks for advanced M2M solutions. When combined with our direct account approach and project management capabilities, our enterprise customers can roll out their solutions faster and with less risk. We think this is unique in the industry.”