Verizon Wireless and Encore Networks are partnering to offer Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions and legacy protocol to IP conversion over secure, private Verizon Wireless 2G and 3G networks, the companies announced today. The wireless network, M2M network protocol conversion service is based on Encore’s BANDIT line of commercial and “ruggedized” IP+Legacy enterprise routers, including the C2C, “a low cost, embedded replacement of Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) copper lines with advanced IP applications over cellular.”

Designed for legacy applications that depend on POTS analog phone lines terminating on customer premises equipment (CPE), Encore’s C2C router provides IP internetworking that supports analog modem interfaces or Ethernet connections in a single box location, the partners explain. Such applications included ATMs, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, elevators, vending machines, kiosks and healthcare applications.

“M2M is experiencing tremendous growth as it becomes more widely adopted across many different industries,” said Peter Madsen, Encore Networks’ president and CEO. “By working with Verizon Wireless, we are able to execute on our business vision and deploy the right M2M solutions.”

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Encore’s also marketing its BANDIT line of enterprise  network routers to utilities and industrial enterprises where SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are subject to harsh conditions. Able to ensure secure, high-throughput data networking connections directly to Verizon Wireless’s 2G and 3G cellular networks, the BANDIT product line is ideally suited in power distribution sub-stations, refineries and transportation applications, according to the companies.

“Many enterprises currently are looking to shift their existing copper lines and migrate to a more reliable advanced IP technology,” said Michael Toto, director, enterprise and government partnerships at Verizon Wireless. “With their M2M centric technology, Encore Networks has the right approach to enable a seamless conversion and management of the connections.”

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