Sierra Wireless Ramps Device-to-Cloud Offering with Numerex Acquisition

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Report Summary:

In August 2017, Sierra Wireless, a leading provider of device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and the leading provider of IoT connectivity modules globally for six years running, and Numerex, a global PaaS provider of managed services for the IoT, entered into a definitive merger agreement, under which Sierra Wireless will acquire Numerex for US$107 million.

This report looks at Sierra Wireless’ latest acquisition in terms of the impact it will have on the ability of both companies to serve the IoT market, where the synergies are in terms of its previous acquisitions, the impact on competitors and what it tells us about the changing dynamics in the IoT market.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary 3
2. Boosting the End-to-End Value Proposition with the Numerex Acquisition 5
3. Attempting to Simplify the IoT Value Chain through M&A 6
3.1 Sierra Wireless’ Aggressive M&A Strategy 6
4. What Difference Does the Acquisition make to Numerex and Sierra Wireless? 8
4.1 Numerex has a solid PaaS business and Credible Turnkey Vertical Solutions 8
4.1.1 Monitoring and Control 8
4.1.1 LTE Backup 8
4.2 Numerex has Struggled in Hardware, Application Development and Recent Direction! 8
4.3 Numerex Strengthens Sierra’s IoT Acceleration Platform 9
5. Conclusions 11
5.1 Open Issues for Further Consideration 12
6. How Can We Help You? 13

Figure 1: Numerex Network Connectivity Management Solution 5
Figure 2: Sierra Wireless IoT Platform Components 9
Figure 3: Composition of Sierra Wireless IoT Offering 10

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