Orange Business Services and Openmatics, the joint ZF-Intel telematics platform, have entered into a strategic partnership to deliver global M2M connectivity services to fleet operators.

OBS is providing Openmatics with a dedicated portal on its network through which it can offer seamless ordering, activation and tracking for SIMs across truck and bus fleets.

Data recorded and received by Openmatics on-board units will be transmitted over the Orange network to and from a Web-supported portal, using embedded Orange M2M connectivity services.

Fleet operators will be able to monitor the location and status of their vehicles and send apps, configurations and media files to the vehicles at any time.

Vehicle manufacturers and third parties will also be able to develop their own apps and offer them for download through an Openmatics Web shop.

Openmatics said it is seeking to address the fragmentation in the telematics market and to become the sole integrated telematics provider.

“Openmatics is establishing a new telematics standard that allows combining a variety of applications onto one platform and therefore provides the highest flexibility,” said Thomas Rösch, managing director of Openmatics.

The CEO said OBS’ infrastructure is essential to his company’s go-to-market strategy.

“Orange offers us a single, dedicated entity for managing our global M2M connectivity requirements,” he commented.

According to the latest European Communications quarterly survey, transport/fleet services is the most popular vertical in which operators are active currently.

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