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By Rich Handley

Eir Business Releases IoT Store Built on Asavie Platform
Asavie, a provider of enterprise mobility management and Internet of Things connectivity solutions, has announced that eir Business, the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland, is making available its IoT Connect system, designed to allow businesses to harness the Internet of Things. Eir Business is the first Irish carrier to launch an online IoT-managed connectivity service with global coverage.

IoT Connect provides the ability to offer single SIM IoT connections to enterprises, and to rapidly scale them to thousands of connections as required. The self-service online store enables global users to set up and manage cellular connectivity for Internet of Things devices. It provides small and large businesses with cellular mobile connectivity, including global roaming, and offers an online self-service portal to manage IoT assets inside a secure private network. IoT Connect is built on Asavie PassBridge, an Internet of Things connectivity platform designed to enable telecom providers to supply their global customers with scalable, secure, SIM-based machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity solutions.

"Eir IoT Connect is the latest innovative technology solution that eir Business is bringing to market, and we are already seeing the huge benefits that it can bring to businesses," said Bill Archer, eir Business's managing director, in a prepared statement. "Together with Asavie, we are committed to ensuring our customers can access all the benefits of the Internet of Things. Our online store offers customers immediate deployment, scalability and control of IoT projects. The reliability, security and reach of the eir network, together with our analytic tools, make it easier than ever for our customers to benefit from advances in IoT deployments, as well as gaining the intelligence needed to drive business decisions."

IoT Connect enables businesses to create, control and manage their private network static IP address, and to set data usage policies, as well as regional usage restrictions, fully integrated with flexible SIM life-cycle management. From a security standpoint, it offers a private access point name (APN) that is invisible to the public Internet, delivering real-time alerts of usage patterns, as well as the ability to recognize unusual activity and provide notifications of breaches in usage policies.

"We are delighted to partner with eir Business to deliver its IoT Connectivity management solution," said Ralph Shaw, Asavie's CEO, in the prepared statement. "IoT Connect is built on our secure connectivity platform to enable global enterprise of all sizes to immediately deploy and scale their IoT projects. By securely managing their connection to the Internet and eliminating the typical delays in deployment and revenue generation, enterprises can immediately benefit from the IoT economy."

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