M2M Enabler RACO Wireless Signs on Apriva, a Mobile Payments and Security Provider, as its Newest M2M Customer
Apriva selects RACO Wireless for 2G M2M technologies support
St. Charles, Ill. – Connected World – June 12, 2012 – RACO Wireless, a preferred machine-to-machine (M2M) provider for T-Mobile USA, Inc., today announced that Apriva, the leading provider of end-to-end wireless transactions and secure information solutions, will utilize RACO Wireless to support Apriva’s Point of Sale (POS) customers that use 2G payment terminals.
Apriva will begin migrating select customers affected by the retirement of existing 2G networks in the next few weeks. With much of the talk in the wireless industry about 4G and LTE networks, many carriers are retiring their 2G networks and focusing their energies on 4G and beyond. This puts Apriva and the majority of M2M applications today in a tough bind as their existing M2M solutions are reliant upon 2G connectivity. Fortunately for Apriva and 2G M2M application developers, T-Mobile has no plans to shut down their 2G network. RACO Wireless/T-Mobile 2G network will provide reliable service for Apriva’s customers with 2G POS devices for the foreseeable future.
“When we began to evaluate M2M partners that support 2G technologies, it was apparent that RACO Wireless – in conjunction with the T-Mobile network – offered a customer solution that is both seamless and reliable,” said Robert Martin, senior vice president for Apriva. “We are working closely with RACO Wireless to make the transition a smooth one for our customers.
“With America’s largest 4G network, T-Mobile has the capability to deliver the coverage, speed and growing bandwidth needed for high-end 3D video systems or data-intensive applications. However, many of today’s M2M applications, like those from Apriva, do not yet require this kind of bandwidth,” said Jeremy Korst, vice president of M2M and MVNO at T-Mobile. “T-Mobile acknowledges this need in the marketplace. Therefore, we intend to continue to support our 2G and 3G networks for the foreseeable future.”
“For Apriva, our continued support of 2G means uninterrupted service, continued growth and peace of mind that they don’t need to redesign their module in the short term. Apriva’s selection of RACO Wireless underscores our unwavering belief that we have the right tools, the right team and the right partner in T-Mobile – whether the customer needs 2G, 3G or 4G connectivity,” said John Horn, president of RACO Wireless.
About RACO Wireless
RACO Wireless (www.racowireless.com), a subsidiary of RACO Industries in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a T-Mobile partner for 10 years, is a leading provider of wireless data solutions to the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry. The company specializes in delivering wireless data your way by making it easy for companies to build, support and enhance wireless M2M applications. RACO Wireless can assemble a flexible, end-to-end M2M wireless connectivity solution for its partners – including delivering custom rate plans, tailored billing solutions and customized wireless connectivity as well as helping them brand their M2M applications and delivering 24/7 customer service – within just hours or days. For more information, please visit /company/press.
Founded in 1999, Apriva is the leading provider of end-to-end wireless transactions and secure information messaging solutions that meet the exacting security and reliability requirements of financial services providers, government entities, and public service sectors. Through its two operating groups, Apriva Point of Sale (POS) and Apriva Information Security Systems (ISS), the company offers customers fully-managed, end-to-end, security solutions that incorporate hardware, software, network infrastructure and management tools. For more information, visit www.apriva.com.