A world-class management platform
Using Vodafone M2M Platform
The GDSP service lets you manage your connected IoT deployments through our centrally hosted, secure self-service platform.
Our Global IoT Platform — a powerful self service delivery and management tool, underpinned by patented technology — is at the heart of every IoT solution we offer.
Billion Connected Devices
*IoT is transforming the way businesses operate. According to ABI Research, by 2020 there will be 41 billion connected devices.
IoT is like any other large technology initiative; you need to be able to manage it effectively, from deployment to in-life operations.
You need a way to monitor your SIMs all over the world, order and deploy more SIMs as your business grows, diagnose faults quickly in hard to-reach areas, and much more. You also need to ensure that your data remains secure and keep costs under control.
Making IoT simpler
Our Global IoT Platform simplifies IoT management — so you can realise the full potential of IoT.
Whether you have thousands of IoT-enabled assets worldwide, or just a few in one location, the GDSP enables you to manage your entire IoT estate centrally.
The Platform gives you visibility and control of your IoT devices anywhere within our global footprint. It can track the location of any IoT SIM installed in an asset, alert you to unusual activity, produce reports on performance and data usage, activate new SIMs, and much more — all in real time.
With our partnership with Vodafone who wholly owns the GDSP, we can:
- Integrate it tightly into our core network for better performance, reliability and manageability.
- Control the development roadmap so we can extend the platform’s capabilities to meet your changing needs.
- Give you a single point of contact for any questions or issues with the platform, network or SIMs.
We offer a range of advanced capabilities and features that we can tailor to suit your individual requirements.
We can integrate IoT data directly into your existing back-end systems — like your ERP or SCM systems — via APIs and SMPP.
Location-based services are just one example of IoT data that can be integrated into your environment. Using Cell ID and assisted GPS, where available, the Platform can feed location data directly into any system, for example a fleet management or asset tracking system. To locate an asset, you can easily access the GPS data or information on where the first communication session happened.
With location-based services, you can also set geofences for SIMs. If an asset strays outside of the boundary you set — for example if it’s been stolen — the Platform can alert you immediately
SIMs for every environment
The Platform supports multiple SIMs suitable for a wide range of operating conditions:
- Standard Plastic: Our standard plastic SIM is great value and ideal for a wide range of working conditions.
- Robust and Super Robust Plastic: These SIMs are hardened for tougher conditions and have a highly stressable memory area that preserves frequently updated files.
- Standard Industrial: This is our toughest SIM, designed for extreme environments. It’s also soldered directly to the terminal’s PCB, making it ideal for tight spaces.
- Automotive: A tough SIM, specifically designed for automotive uses — and is capable of operating at high temperatures and can withstand intense vibrations.
In addition to packet-switched data over 2G, 3G and 4G networks, we also support SMS (mobile originated and terminated), or circuit-switched voice over GSM networks to connect your SIMs to the Platform.
Our Global IoT SIMs have dedicated IMSI and mobile number ranges that are not assigned to a geographical destination or network. This means our global IoT SIMs can be used on any Vodafone or Vodafone IoT roaming partner network anywhere in the world.
These reports supplement those in our fast track offering, giving you extra information on the performance on your SIMs so you can improve connectivity performance and optimise the total data consumption of your devices.
You can configure each report, for example, setting a date range, copy and move operations between profiles and applications, and change SIM custom attributes. Reports are downloadable in CSV, XML and PDF formats.
Vodafone Global IoT Platform web portal
Authorised users can access the customisable Connection Dashboard, which provides an overview of your entire SIM estate, with quick access menus and a SIM/connection search.
You can define the capabilities of a group of SIMs, such as roaming permissions. And you can retrieve a list of SIMs based on predefined criteria like status, or your own custom attributes.
You will be able to drill down to information on individual connections and access a variety of standard reports such as usage, alerts or newly activated SIMs. You can also customise the portal for different roles. For every SIM, details like connection status or location can be easily viewed.
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