Vivo, the Brazilian unit of the Spanish group Telefónica, announced its machine-to-machine strategy for the local market, aiming to double its accesses from 1 million to 2 million connections by the end of next year. Vivo’s offers are in line with Telefónica’s cloud-based global project named “Smart Center.”
In June, Vivo said it had more than doubled its M2M connections over the previous year. The company also noted that it had been working to improve its offerings and would release new M2M platforms.
Initially, Vivo will sell point-of-sale applications, solutions focused on the utilities vertical and ones that help monitor and control vehicle fleets. In addition, the carrier is partnering with niche companies to build products aimed at a variety of different segments.
Estanislau Bassols, executive director for the business segment at Vivo, said that the carrier is looking mainly at the verticals of smart transportation, consumer electronics, smart cities, industry, utilities and sustainability.
Today’s POS represents about 15% of the company’s 1 million total accesses, and Teixeira noted that growth will come mostly from other verticals, such as small and medium firms.