Founded by William W. Smith, Jr. the company started with software for fax modems, evolved to 2G tethered network connections, and then to 3G/4G wireless connection management. The firm’s expertise in wireless connectivity has grown to include over-the-air, policy-based management of a variety of devices, from laptops and smartphones to in-vehicle routers and M2M modules. Today the company provides software solutions that help operators and enterprises increase efficiency and capitalize on the growth of connected devices.
The Evolving Internet of Things
Most of the firm’s products are white-label software for wireless service providers, which they brand as their own. For example, Verizon’s Access Manager (known as VZAM) and Sprint’s Connections Optimizer were developed by Smith Micro. From their work with Tier one operators around the world, the company has learned the importance of standards, scalability, and interoperability. “We have taken those lessons and applied them to other industries, including field service, utilities, education, public safety, and now M2M” says Smith.
From Enterprise to Consumer Apps
In addition to their wireless business, for many years the firm has had a consumer business that sells graphics and productivity apps on PC and mobile platforms. Smith Micro also provides smartphone apps, such as Sprint’s visual voicemail app that gets shipped on all of their Android devices. Recently, it has taken the technology from these areas and combined them to create a new, avatar-based messaging app.
Says Smith, “We’re excited about animated messaging as part of our future, but there is still a lot of opportunity in managing wireless connectivity, from connected cars to appliances, and everything else in the connected life. Providing a simple, reliable, and cost-effective way to control all of these devices will keep us busy for many years to come.”
We have taken those lessons and applied them to other industries, including field service, utilities, education, public safety, and now M2M