HP, Nokia link on remote asset management

Nokia Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. have joined forces to create a product package for remote asset management over wireless links, the companies said Tuesday.

The package combines the Nokia M2M Platform, a machine-to-machine connectivity product, and HP's OpenView management software on an HP-UX or HP ProLiant server, the companies said in a joint statement.

Available in Europe immediately and in the rest of the world in the coming months, the package is targeted at companies who want to integrate management of remote assets into their existing IT infrastructure. Those assets could include utility meters, vending machines, forestry equipment or cars, HP and Nokia said.

"The objective is to give the customer one solution. In the past you had to contact different companies and put your own solution together," said Petra Wochnik, a Germany-based spokeswoman for HP of Palo Alto, California.

HP's sales force, helped by Nokia experts, will sell the package while HP's services organization will offer related integration and consulting services, said Reetta Rysä, HP business development manager.

Companies manufacturing items that can be monitored will be the main target, she said.

"Prime targets are companies that manufacture complex, high-priced moving machines and the companies servicing those machines," said Rysä.

"Companies that have assets on the field that are difficult to reach get the best benefits from this," added Hilppa Horneman, business development manager for Nokia.

The Nokia M2M Platform consists of a gateway and GSM Connectivity Terminals. The gateway establishes the wireless connection and handles (IP) Internet Protocol translation between local and remote applications, while the terminals provide the link over a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) network.

Pricing for the package offering from Nokia and HP varies depending on what the customer wants, said HP and Nokia.

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