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    BICS and Gurtam offer IoT asset monitoring and fleet management in more than 200 countries


    Global comms provider BICS is partnering telematics software provider Gurtam to provide IoT asset monitoring and fleet management on a global scale.

    The collaboration combines BICS’ global IoT network connectivity with Belarus-based Gurtam’s GPS tracking and IoT platform, Wialon, which it claims is the largest transport monitoring platform on the market.

    BICS connects IoT devices to more than 700 mobile operators in more than 200 countries, enabling devices to roam around the world and switch networks to meet quality and coverage needs.

    Global player

    “We’re a global player with over 2.5 million vehicles being tracked via Wialon, and we are proud to work with more 2,000 partners,” said Kseniya Dolia, Technology Partners Community Manager, Gurtam.

    She added, “By selecting BICS as our technology partner, we are able to enhance…flexibility and offer cellular connectivity to our users, meaning businesses using Wialon no longer have to rely solely on local connectivity providers. Instead, via embedded SIMs, our platform gives companies the freedom to choose the cellular coverage that best suits them, and to take advantage of the stability, quality, and global reach of BICS’ network.”

    Trillion-dollar market

    The GSMA predicts that between 2019 and 2025, the number of global IoT connections will more than double to almost $25 billion (€21.28 billion), while global IoT revenue will more than triple to $1.1 trillion (€1.17 trillion).

    “Reliable, flexible, and global mobility is fundamental in a digital economy,” said Mikaël Schachne, CMO & VP of Mobility and IoT Business, BICS. “It is vital that this need is met with a robust cellular connectivity offering, allowing assets to not only remain seamlessly connected while traversing borders, but also easily managed to meet their specific business needs.”

    Proximus Group of Belgium is the majority shareholder in BICS, whose other stakeholders include Swisscom and Africa’s MTN.