HP and Nokia link on remote asset management

Nokia and Hewlett-Packard have joined forces to create a product package for remote asset management over wireless links.

Nokia and Hewlett-Packard have joined forces to create a product package for remote asset management over wireless links.

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 package, which is already available in Europe, and will launch worldwide in coming months, targets companies that 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, an HP spokeswoman based in Germany.

The Nokia M2M Platform consists of a gateway and GSM Connectivity Terminals. The gateway establishes the wireless connection and handles Internet Protocol (IP) 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 was not immediately available.

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