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Here's a peek at what's happening today!

2:00 – 2:10 pm             Welcome and Agenda Review –  Bill Esrey

2:10 – 2:35 pm             Sprint Update – Ben Vos

  • ·         Health of the business
  • ·         Industry leadership / accolades / customer satisfaction
  • ·         Operational excellence & support (Know. Innovate. Grow.)
  • ·         Partner program / distribution


2:35 – 2:55 pm             The Road to M2M Innovation – Russell Mosburg

  • ·         Roadmap
  • ·         Opportunities for partnership
  • ·         International opportunities (Orange)
  • ·         Cloud technology, data analytics

2:55 – 3:10 pm             Partner Case Study:  Audiovox – Tom Malone

3:10 – 3:40 pm             Product Demonstrations / Break

  • ·         Audiovox Product Demonstration
  • ·         UConnect / Chrysler Bench Top Tester
  • ·         Reach 3D Digital Advertising / Media
  • ·         Ideal Life (Embedded Hub / Cloud)
  • ·         Drive Cam and Datalogger (Transportation)
  • ·         Sprint Complete Collaboration
  • ·         Power Insight (Energy Management Solution)

3:40 – 3:55 pm             Partner Case Study:  Contour Networks – Jennifer Lyon

3:55 – 4:15 pm             Our Strengths – Russell Mosburg

  • ·         Open – specialized solutions
  • ·         Network – capability, reliability, Network Vision
  • ·         Execution – implementation, deployment

4:15 – 4:45 pm             Let’s Talk Innovation - Tom Malone, Jennifer Lyon, Bill Esrey, Ben Vos, Russell Mosburg

  • ·         Interactive session between Sprint executives and guests – Bill Esrey moderator

4:45 – 4:55 pm             NASCAR Drawings / Housekeeping Items – Audrey Chemell

4:55 – 5:00 pm             Closing Remarks – Bill Esrey

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Chrysler Group and Sprint share a mutual commitment to the delivery of advanced, next-generation connected vehicle and telematics services,” said Matt Carter, president – Wholesale and Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “Sprint is delighted to be chosen for this unique alliance as we develop a robust wireless engine for Chrysler Group’s Uconnect program. read more...

TMCnet - Some companies are industry leaders by way of market share or brand recognition. Other companies are leaders in innovation and responsibility. And, while one might not initially see Chrysler and Sprint as similar companies, the fact of the matter is, both the car manufacturer and the embedded M2M solutions provider are companies that are unconventional innovators. So it’s only natural that the two would form partnership to enable UCONNECT, a series of connected solution in upcoming Chrysler vehicles."  read more...

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USA Today - Matt Carter, Sprint president of wholesale and emerging solutions, said the two companies have a shared vision of extending wireless in the auto industry. "When we look at the car, we see another smartphone," Carter said. Under the arrangement, Sprint provides a network that's open to all customers regardless of the

ir phones or carriers. read more...


CNET - Like smartphones and tablets, the car will be able to act like a mobile hotspot. Owners can log on to the Uconnect website and pay for access, allowing a

ny WiFi-enabled device to go online while in the car. Zenios said that drivers already registered to the site can pay for access while in the car as well. read more...


Detroit Free Press - "Having a reliable network to deliver service is important," Zenios said Monday at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City. Chrysler will eventually offer the enhanced Uconnect on more vehicles, Zenios said.  Matt Carter, Sprint president of wholesale and emerging so

lutions, said the two companies have a shared vision of extending wireless in the auto industry. read more...

Want more information, check out the Chrysler Uconnect site

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As seen on the M2M Evolution website:

Paget Alves

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Chief Sales Officer

Paget L. Alves is the President of the Business Markets Group (BMG) for Sprint Nextel.

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Wayne Ward

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Senior VP Emerging Solutions Group

Wayne Ward is Vice President of Emerging Solutions for Sprint Nextel.

An M2M Industry Update from Sprint

Robert Gustin

Robert Gustin
Solutions Sales

Robert Gustin currently serves in the role of Business Development Manager Utilities for Sprint’s Emerging Solutions Group.

Why is the Smart Grid an M2M Market?

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Watch the NRF Blog for updates from Kelly Robinson at Sprint

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Sarah Reedy of Light Reading. covered the M2M Carrier Panel at the Connected World Annual Conference on June 12. Wayne Ward represented Sprint along with panel participants Glenn Lurie, head of ATT’s Emerging Devices Group, Janet Schijns, Verizon’s vice-president of Vertical Industry Solutions and Jeremy Korst, T-Mobile vice-president of Wholesale.

Wayne talked about Sprint’s M2M “Open” strategy and M2M value-proposition built around “choice” and “flexibility”   As an example, Sprint believes there is a place for all the “Gs” and that choice should be defined by the customer requirement, not the carrier.   The point resonated as you’ll see in the article and directly supports our M2M value-proposition  around “choice” and “flexibility.

From Mary Kunkel

What 'G' Do Connected Devices Need?

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=221947&

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Wayne Ward and Chris Ferguson participated in 21 TV and Radio interviews across the country including an “In the Know” segment that ran on Good Morning America in NYC, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Detroit and Houston. Wayne also taped a “generic” interview that was picked up by TV and Radio Stations across the country, allowing us to extend our reach beyond the markets where we conducted interviews.

Click on the link below to view the “highlights reel”.

http://streams.synapticdigital.com/previewlinks/sales/shr2.wmv

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Tollgrade will offer voltage sensors with Sprint wireless connectivity, which will help electric utilities improve the efficiency of their distribution and management systems. M2M solutions give utilities and their customers a powerful tool for automating services, managing demand and promoting sustainability, read more here:


Tollgrade Enters Agreement to Expand Electric Grid Reliability Solutions with Sprint

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Feature Articles


ECOtality has Big Dreams for its Blink Network

One of the biggest challenges facing us today is how to create a cleaner, greener and more efficiently powered world. And for ECOtality, that challenge is what drives the company as it strives to improve electrical efficiency and enhance how we store and deliver energy. Accordingly, ECOtality has emerged as a specialist in transportation and storage technologies, focusing on electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Through its customer-facing brand of charging stations, called Blink, which is found nationwide, businesses and individuals are able to safely and efficiently charge their electric vehicles at the lowest utility rates.


Whether its Flying Cars or M2M Solutions, Sprint Keynote Speaker Encourages Businesses to Foster Inn...

When Paget Alves, chief sales officer for Sprint Business, read an article in a magazine recently about Terrafugia's flying car, he immediately thought this represented the ultimate leap of ingenuity on business.


M2M Technology Paving Way for Wireless Telehealth in Healthcare Industry

With places like McDonald's, KFC and Burger King becoming as ubiquitous as supermarkets, it is no surprise that obesity and high blood pressure have become critical adversaries for companies all over the world to attack.

MiX Telematics Adds MiX Fleet iPhone App to Mobile Suite

Customers will be able to track and monitor their fleets using tablets such as the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab. MiX Fleet is also compatible with smartphone and tablet technology and can deliver vehicle tracking to fleet operators.

The City of Columbia Selects Spirit as IT Sponsor for its Inaugural Marathon

Having not held a marathon since the Women's US Olympic Team Trials in 2000, the City of Columbia is gearing up for its first marathon in 12 years and Spirit Communications, provider of voice, data and Internet services to businesses in South Carolina, including the state agencies of South Carolina, has been named the Information and Technology Sponsor of the inaugural Columbia SC Marathon.

Audiovox Introduces 'Car Connection' and 'Care Connection' Location Based Services Systems

Apart from letting users call or text their friends and family members, telecommunications devices have now been offering unprecedented services to them, leveraging their existing wireless networks through innovative products and solutions.


Pacific Controls Galaxy: The City Center for Mobile Embedded M2M Ecosystems

There is no denying that embedded machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions are becoming increasingly pervasive. It is also clear that enabling mobile operators to profit from this M2M proliferation through an active role in robust ecosystems is critical to industry success. Pacific Controls, a leading global provider of embedded M2M solutions is already showing the value that can be delivered through such ecosystems which leverage the assets and expertise of mobile partners.


Sprint Partner News: Trimble to Supply Information Management Solutions to U.S. Sugar Corporation

Trimble, a provider of technology solutions for surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping, announced that it will supply information management solutions to U.S. Sugar Corporation, a fully integrated producer of sugar cane and refined sugar.


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A streak of M2M successes in just two years by

Sprint Emerging Solutions Group

Just two years ago, the Emerging Solutions Group formed at Sprint, with a sharp focus on the rapid growth in the machine-to-machine (M2M) space and extending connectivity to nearly anything beyond the traditional mobile device. With more than 120 partners in Sprint’s ecosystem, the team is focused on Connected Transportation; Connected Machines, Screens and Things; Connected Meters, Sensors and Alarms; and, Connected Personal Devices.

The Sprint Command Center was introduced in June of 2011 as a Web-based portal to allow businesses with Sprint wireless-connected products the ability to manage, activate and de-activate each device.

A round of applause for Sprint’s M2M recognitions

Sprint is honored to receive several prestigious recognitions this year from industry analyst firms and noted industry publications:

Happy Anniversary -- M2M Collaboration Center

On Nov. 1, 2011, Sprint also celebrated successes at its M2M Collaboration Center in Burlingame, Calif., which has experienced a flood of activity since it opened one year ago. In just a year, the MCC has seen or experienced:

  • More than 1,200 visitors
  • More than 110 customer meetings and tours
  • More than 100 global media and analyst organizations tours, including All Things Digital, CBS News, CNET, Engadget, Fierce Wireless, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Frost & Sullivan
  • Guests from companies based in more than 35 nations

TMCnet helped to capture the excitement from Sprint representatives and partners at the M2M Collaboration Center celebration with these videos –

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Business owners must keep their guard up against data, currency, and merchandise thieves but doing so can be time-consuming, costly and ineffective.

A free one-hour webinar this month will explain how wireless-enabled security solutions reduces the time and cost to implement and secure asset monitoring and how it advances loss and prevention compared to current methods.

Security Solutions: Managing Risk, preventing Loss and Improving Operational Management to Benefit Y... which begins at 1 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 25, is the fourth webinar in a series sponsored by the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group and TMCnet.

Tell friends, family and others who own a business – they can pick up valuable security tips in this program that features talks by security industry leaders and Denny Nunez, business development manager-Sprint Emerging Solutions Group.

While you on Sprint Community, check out our M2M Solutions site.

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Odds are you’ve recently endured a health-care delivery experience that’s outdated, fragmented and difficult to understand. That’s changing, thanks to wireless solutions and more specifically M2M (machine-to-machine) technology that patients demand.

If you want to learn how wireless solutions and M2M approaches are simplifying and helping cut the cost of health-care delivery and enable extended care through the mobile network, tune into a webinar: “Virtualizing Patient Care: The ROI of Remote and Home Healthcare.” The one-hour program, presented by the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group and TMCnet, begins at 1 p.m. Central Time, Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Webinar presenters will be Kelly Robinson, product manager-Sprint Emerging Solutions Group, and Sprint M2M partners Steve Wheeler, director-Business Development & Sales, IDEAL LIFE, and David Kovach, co-founder-Reflections Solutions.

You’ll join hundreds of other tech innovators, health-care staff, and telemedicine experts who have already registered. Can’t make the audiocast? No problem, it will be available after the event via archive.

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It’s no secret that the fleet management industry, burdened by a slow economy and rising fuel and insurance costs, desperately needs machine-to-machine (M2M) and telematics solutions to survive.

If you want to learn how smart fleet managers are using M2M technology to blow by competitors, tune into a one-hour webinar next week.

“Fleet Management Best Practices: Strategies and Solutions to Gain a Competitive Edge through Telema..., presented by Sprint and TMCnet, begins at 1 p.m. Central time, Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Among the webinar presenters will be Tom Wiese, strategic opportunity manager-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint, who will introduce representatives from Sprint M2M partners at Feeney Wireless, Trimble, Vnomics, and Xora, innovative companies that deploy M2M solutions in the fleet management industry.

Why tune in to the webinar? You’ll learn:

  • Insights, trends and best practices from the perspectives of four key players in the fleet management businesses mentioned above.
  • How Sprint’s wireless network enables high-performing and highly effective fleet management and telematics solutions
  • How telematics and real time fleet management systems can help save money and increase productivity
  • What capabilities different fleet management systems offer and how they may benefit their company

If you join the webinar you’ll join hundreds of technology innovators, business owners and marketing pros who have already registered. Don’t have time Tuesday? No problem, the webinar will be available after the event as well via archive. You can learn more about Sprint’s M2M feet management M2M website.

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Enterprise Fleet Management is partnering with Sprint to offer Mobile Resource Manager (MRM), a cutting-edge machine-to-machine (M2M) solution. This is yet another example of a noted company placing enormous faith in Sprint’s 3G wireless network and innovative, can-do M2M organization.

MRM is a Web-based solution that provides companies real-time visibility into the locations and activities of their mobile resources (drivers). Enterprise Fleet Management’s MRM customers enjoy a higher level of vehicle tracking and reporting, wireless job dispatching and time tracking, and built-in navigation for enhanced productivity, improved communications and a superior customer experience overall.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car owns Enterprise Fleet Management. This release contains the details of the agreement.

Here are more details on Sprint’s M2M organization.

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Enterprise Fleet Management is partnering with Sprint to offer Mobile Resource Manager (MRM), a cutting-edge machine-to-machine (M2M) solution. This is yet another example of a noted company placing enormous faith in Sprint’s 3G wireless network and innovative, can-do M2M organization.

MRM is a Web-based solution that provides companies real-time visibility into the locations and activities of their mobile resources (drivers). Enterprise Fleet Management’s MRM customers enjoy a higher level of vehicle tracking and reporting, wireless job dispatching and time tracking, and built-in navigation for enhanced productivity, improved communications and a superior customer experience overall.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car owns Enterprise Fleet Management. This release contains the details of the agreement.

Here are more details on

Sprint’s M2M organization.

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Wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communications is becoming a market-changing force. The business potential is so vast that it’s attracting a wide array of companies eager to develop and market new applications. Three recent events - Sprint’s M2M Collaboration Center grand opening, the Sprint Developer Conference and CTIA Enterprise and Applications - underscore the intense interest in M2M.

Leading in innovation ... Sprint launches M2M Collaboration  Center

In so many ways, Sprint leads the industry in innovation, and now the company has done it again with the opening of its new M2M Collaboration Center in Burlingame, Calif.

The center gives companies with new product and service ideas for M2M and embedded computing a place to bring them to life. It's a true roll-up-your sleeves workshop where partners and customers work side-by-side to develop commercially viable offerings based on M2M, or machine-to-machine technology. They can work with leading names in networking, computing and applications technology. Devices are as varied as routers, medical equipment, laptops, tablets, digital billboards, cameras, remote sensors, utility meters and appliances.

On hand for the center’s opening were Sprint executives Danny Bowman, president-Integrated Solutions; Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions; Mathew Oommen, vice president-Chief Technology Organization; and Russell Mosburg, director-Emerging Solutions. Representatives from the premier partners, Axeda, Ericsson, Fusion Wireless, Intel and Panasonic also participated in the opening ceremonies.

“The Sprint M2M Collaboration Center brings together a remarkable roster of M2M talent and resources, including some of the world’s foremost innovators in mobile networks, devices, telematics, embedded computing, cloud computing, vertical industry solutions and wireless prototyping and testing,” said Bowman. “The center gives our partners and customers a unique opportunity to match these resources with a combination of 4G, 3G and IP capabilities that Sprint can deliver today.”

“The Sprint M2M Collaboration Center hits the ground running with cutting-edge partners whose expertise spans the fastest-growing areas of M2M,” said Ward, the company’s leading representative located in the Silicon  Valley community. “The launch adds another important facet to Sprint’s open approach, which includes our Open Device Initiative and 10 years of experience certifying non-Sprint-branded devices on our networks.”

Tom Nelson, group manager-Emerging Solutions, Sprint, explains what M2M is all about in these short videos:


The event generated a great deal of interest from the media. Here’s what some reporters had to say about the proliferation of M2M:

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“We suggest you sleep with one eye open, because the machines are taking over. Resistance is futile.”

Engadget.com

“Imagine a wireless future where everything communicates with everything else”

Rethink-Wireless.com

“Many carriers are trying to draw the sting from Android and others by spanning several OSs, making their own brand and apps platform the unifying feature for consumers and developers. Sprint has gone a step further by basing all this in the browser, moving beyond the apps download model to the more modern - but possibly more risky - world of cloud-based web services.”

View the news release “Sprint launches M2M Collaboration Center”

Growth opportunities in biz apps emphasized at Sprint Developer Conference

At the Sprint Developer Conference in Santa   Clara, Calif., last week, Sprint Business Markets Group (BMG) executives encouraged the developer community to keep business-focused apps at the center of their radar screen as an important growth opportunity.

RCR Wireless covered the conference where Paget Alves, president-Business Markets Group (BMG), Sprint, said the initiatives to help businesses save money and increase productivity have led BMG to focus on delivering solutions and to target those solutions to vertical markets with specific needs. He added that partnering with developers is an important part of BMG’s strategy, with Sprint’s network investment and open approach enabling innovation by others, including developers.

Danny Bowman, president-Integrated Solutions Group, Sprint, focused on the company’s push into M2M communications. “M2M presents an explosive opportunity to support innovative device-to-device applications in such areas as healthcare, digital signage and fleet management. I want to motivate and inspire you to open your mind to limitless possibilities,” Bowman told the group.

Later, Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint, engaged an overflow crowd at a special session on the future of M2M. Ward provided a deeper dive into the variety of Sprint’s M2M deployments and initiatives, including the newly M2M Collaboration Center.

The Sprint Developer Conference and M2M Collaboration Center opening generated significant media attention among those who cover the industry, including Engadget.com, Light Reading, RCRWireless, TMCnet and ZDNet.com.

View the news release “Sprint Enhances Its Application Developer Website”

Sprint Redefines M2M at CTIA

As was announced on Oct. 7 at CTIA Enterprise and Applications 2010, only 12 months after launching its Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint has fulfilled its promise to offer a comprehensive suite of M2M solutions and tools to business and consumers – supported by Sprint’s unique network options and an open, collaborative approach to helping companies rapidly develop their M2M ideas.

In addition to announcing the opening of Oct. 25 opening of the M2M Collaboration Center, Sprint also announced the upcoming launch of the Command Center. Starting in 2011, businesses can access the Command Center to manage their M2M devices using self-service access. Businesses can view the Command Center dashboard on their office or mobile computer screens, then interactively load and manage their M2M devices directly on the Sprint network. Utilizing dedicated network elements, this open access service offers M2M customers unprecedented network control, including device management and testing (with enhanced visibility to device behaviors), account management and tools to develop applications for M2M solutions.

View the news release “What’s Next, Now? Sprint Has Redefined M2M Opportunities for Businesses”

For additional information about wireless machine-to-machine communications, visit www.Sprint.com/M2M