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Sprint and ARM collaborate on networked devices for cars, smart meters and hospitals

16 Nov 2012
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Chip firm ARM has teamed up with mobile vendor Sprint to develop a range of network-enabled smart appliances and other devices for cars, energy firms and even hospitals.

The companies said that they would be delivering a developer kit which combines Sprint modem hardware with ARM architecture processors. The partnership will allow engineers to develop devices armed with a Sierra Wireless 598U 3G modem and ARM Cortex M3 processor.

By offering the kit, the firms hope to give engineers a bundled platform for embedding network connectivity into prototype devices, reducing the time needed to develop smart appliances and other connected devices.

Additionally, the platform will allow developers to write code on a 32-bit C++ architecture, simplifying the development process.

"Sprint is proud to apply our extensive open network experience to the deployment of this powerful development platform from ARM," said Sprint vice president of emerging solutions Wayne Ward.

"The combination of ARM and Sprint technologies introduces a flexible, sophisticated and easy-to-use capability that we expect to be a potent catalyst for developer activity across many areas of opportunity."

Among the vectors being targeted by the platform are automobiles, utilities and healthcare in which devices are increasingly being refitted with network connectivity.

That growth in connectivity, however, has brought with it a number of concerns, particularly in the security space. By outfitting devices with connectivity, networks are being expanded beyond the protections of traditional security platforms and left critical infrastructure open to attack.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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