Japanese market for wireless M2M solutions expands


Didier Dutronc,
General Manager,
Wavecom Asia-Pacific
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and Tokyo, Japan — (METERING.COM) — June 14, 2007 Planning to focus on the expanding Japanese market for wireless M2M solutions, Wavecom SA and Microtek have announced the expansion of their business relationship extending coverage in the Japanese market. Microtek has been named Wavecom’s primary distributor for its entire range of machine-to-machine (M2M) and automotive wireless communication solutions, including GSM/GPRS and CDMA.

Microtek will now provide Wavecom’s wireless communications solutions to Japanese OEMs that make a wide range of products from security and alarm systems to fleet management and automotive telematics applications.

Machine-to-machine communication is a growing sector of the electronics industry. This technology allows systems to automatically exchange data via wireless networks, and then interpret and react to status information via messages, sensors and alarms. This exchange of information can be done either automatically, without the need for human intervention, or it can be linked into a company’s IT system which allows the creation of new business models, especially those focusing on services.

“Japan is a highly-developed market for cellular wireless communication whose growth has been led by leading-edge wireless operators for the telephone handset market,” commented Sadao Honda, Director, Microtek. “We are excited to have the opportunity to reinforce Wavecom’s position in Japan in the expanding area of M2M wireless communication.”

“Japan has long been an innovative hub for all types of electronic products. So, naturally, we are anxious to extend our reach in this important market.” said Didier Dutronc, General Manager of Wavecom Asia-Pacific. “Combining the wireless expertise of Wavecom with Microtek’s strong technical skills in electronic components and its extensive distribution network makes this a natural fit for Wavecom’s expansion in Japan.”