Cox Communications has selected Tempe, Arizona-based startup CoreKinect to provide sensor-based products for its recently announced IoT division, Cox2M.
CoreKinect said it will design and develop hardware used in asset tracking products that are part of Cox2M’s internet of things solutions.
Applications for CoreKinect technologies span asset tracking, smart home and city systems, wearables, agriculture, as well as energy solutions.
“The depth and breadth of CoreKinect’s team, quality product development, and complete supply chain solutions will help ensure a successful deployment for our Cox2M business line,” said Josh Sommer, executive director of new growth strategy for Cox. “CoreKinect’s low-power, wide-area network and asset tracking systems provide an agnostic communications platform that will allow Cox Communications to deliver end-to-end IoT solutions.”
In March, Cox announced its entry into the IoT connected asset service industry with a new business unit, Cox2M. Its initial client is auto auctioneer Manheim, which is owned by the privately held Atlanta cable operator’s sibling division, Cox Automotive.
Manheim is using Cox2M’s connected asset services to deliver real-time tracking of vehicles across auction lots. The Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solution was piloted last year and will now be implemented across the U.S. and Canada to connect more than 500,000 vehicles. Other Cox Automotive brands are also considering the platform for additional applications.
Cox2M provides sensors that collect data from a variety of connected assets and enable organizations to track, monitor and manage these mobile and fixed assets at a lower cost. The platform bundles connectivity, hardware and software into one package, aiming to eliminate the need for organizations to manage multiple vendor relationships. Cox2M is an open solution that integrates into an organization’s existing systems and processes. The solution includes advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities to provide real-time customer insights that inform business and operational decisions.