Orange Business Services (OBS) will provide worldwide IoT connectivity to a Finnish cargo-handling company as part of a new three-year deal.

Cargotec will use Orange’s connectivity solution to build intelligence into its portfolio of equipment and software, which is used in ports and distribution centres worldwide.

This will allow it to monitor equipment, achieve better internal collaboration and develop new data-driven services.

The offering from OBS includes a portal for IoT SIM card ordering, activation and tracking, and scalable connectivity to 220 countries and territories.

Precise financial details of the deal were not disclosed, although OBS said it is worth millions of euros.

Fabrice de Windt, SVP for Europe at OBS, said: “Cargotec is determined to grow its business through strong customer focus and improved IoT services that are vital in its development.

“We are very happy to have been selected as their provider of choice and to help enable their ambitions to lead and transform the cargo handling business globally.”

Soili Mäkinen, CIO at Cargotec, said: “A reliable IoT communications infrastructure, global presence, with local support everywhere in the world, and an attractive business model are vital for us to become the leader in intelligent cargo handling.”

IoT connectivity is offered as part of Datavenue, OBS’s end-to-end service for enterprises looking to launch IoT products, which the firm says now supports over 14 million connected devices.

It also offers companies a range of connected objects, data management software and end-to-end security.

OBS has signed several new customers for Datavenue this year, including an Italian bike security start-up in September and a Finnish wearables company in August.

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