The machine-to-machine (M2M) movement is having a broad impact across industries. New business models are being powered by information distributed to and collected from smart meters in the utilities sector, connected vehicles in logistics, heart monitors in healthcare, RFID-tagged inventory in retail and digital signage in the media. M2M creates a vast “Internet of things” comprised of smart devices that produce data, networks that transmit data and applications that turn data into real-world insight.
The M2M paradigm presents an exciting new opportunity for companies to use Layer 7’s API Management products. APIs represent the key to unlocking the value of M2M by linking devices in the field to the core enterprise applications that are able to analyze and apply the data these devices produce. Layer 7 empowers organizations to make that link in a secure, scalable way:
- The SecureSpan SOA Gateway or API Proxy provides REST-based connectivity to heterogeneous enterprise systems
- The Layer 7 API Portal allows M2M API owners to set and enforce SLAs and provide comprehensive information to API users (smart device developers, network operators)
- The Layer 7 OAuth Toolkit configures access control policies that are fit for M2M and able to leverage existing back-end infrastructure
We already have customers achieving M2M success in the automotive, healthcare, media and energy industries. So, whether you’re a logistics company looking to get a real-time view of your global fleet, a retailer needing to manage your disparate warehouses or a telecommunications company providing a broad set of M2M services, we encourage you to apply our industry-leading technology as part of your solution.