Opengear claims the arrival of competing LTE out-of-band management (OOBM) companies in Australia reflects the growth and benefit of the segment in the local market.
For the company's chief executive officer (CEO), Rick Stevenson, the increased competition in OOBM from the likes of Sierra Wireless and Cradlepoint is a "great sign that this segment is heating up."
"While out-of-band remote site monitoring and troubleshooting is easier and reduces the amount of onsite maintenance, OOBM can also prevent complete network blackouts and promote business continuity," Stevenson said.
OOBM simplifies the control of distant datacentres by providing infrastructure monitoring independent of the state of the datacentre itself.
These capabilities will be improved as cellular services become faster and more reliable and the infrastructure for 4G LTE technology grows increasingly ubiquitous.
Monitoring aside, OOBM solutions provide cellular access to remote sites to enable access when primary networks fail. Remote cellular access results in more efficient troubleshooting of system and network outages through early identification of the cause, leading to an accelerated repair time.
Opengear was founded in 2004 in Queensland (in which its research and development operations are located), although the success of its exports (which comprise 90 per cent of its revenues) prompted a relocation to Utah, USA, where it is now headquartered. The company is a remote management and monitoring appliances vendor which has more recently established expertise in OOBM technology.