Tele2 and IBM have unveiled an Internet of Things Starter Kit as they look to target the enterprise market.
The two companies said they wanted to help European businesses fast-track the implementation of, and lower the point of entry for, new IoT projects and business models.
The Starter Kit contains SIM cards from Tele2 plus integration into IBM Bluemix – the US company’s hybrid cloud development platform – to enable customers to develop specific IoT solutions for their industries.
Tele2 and IBM cited asset management, location based services, connected products and supply chain management as offerings they were focusing on initially.
Tele2 is bringing global connectivity and unspecified value-added services, while IBM will be responsible for implementation, integration, cloud-based services and roll-out of the solutions.
Tele2 IoT Managing Director Rami Avidan said: “IBM’s industry leading solutions combined with Tele2’s IoT competence will help clients on their IoT journey and allow them to introduce new revenue models, reduce time to market and lower operational costs.”
Louise Skordby, Executive, European Digital Operations Leader IBM, added: “I am convinced that by combining our respective strengths, IBM and Tele2 will be able to offer powerful new solutions for businesses across Europe enabling them to leverage the power of the Internet of Things.”
The announcement came as Tele2 announced it was setting up a LoRa network for the Greater Gothenberg region to enable a range of use cases monitoring and tracking different assets.
Meanwhile, Tele2 announced it had won a three-year deal with 1-Fleet Alliance, a grouping of 17 different telematics service providers from across Europe.
The operator will provide more than 150,000 SIM cards to the Alliance, which represents around 24,000 customers and 403,000 tracking units.
Tele2 claimed to have beaten nine other companies to win the contract, partly thanks to a partnership it signed with connectivity reseller Sisteer last month.