LG Electronics has unveiled its new range of smart appliances, enabled by "LG THINQ" technology, at the 2011 International CES. All products in the lineup are comprised of five key features, dubbed Smart Grid, "Smart Diagnosis," "Smart Access," "Smart Adapt," and the intriguing "Food Management."
Sierra Wireless (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) today announced that TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), a location and navigation solutions provider, is using Sierra Wireless "AirPrime" Intelligent Embedded Modules to provide cellular connectivity to its integrated navigation systems for Renault and Mazda vehicles.
The global market for machine-to-machine (M2M) device connections will grow from 62 million devices in 2010 to 2.1 billion devices in 2020, according to a new report from Analysys Mason (London, UK). With a year-on-year growth rate of between 36% and 52%, M2M seeks to be one of the fastest-growing connectivity sectors in the next decade.
The "Machine-to-machine devices connections: worldwide forecast 2010-2020" covers 8 regions, 7 industry segments, and 20 product/solution categories.
Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland) announced yesterday plans to set up a Smart Lab in Korea focused on developing smart device-optimized applications, services and networks. The lab is expected to open in the first quarter of 2011.
The American Medical Association is reporting that AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) announced it has formed a division geared toward health information technology, a market it estimates to be worth nearly $34 billion.
The new division, AT&T ForHealth, will focus on the development and delivery of health IT solutions, including telehealth, cloud computing and wireless monitoring devices.
Last Thursday, the GSM Association announced the formation of a task force of mobile operators to explore the development of an embedded SIM that can be remotely activated. The association expects to enable the design of exciting new form factors for mobile communications and speed the development of M2M services by making it easier to bring mobile broadband to non-traditional devices such as cameras, MP3 players, navigation devices and e-Readers, as well as smart meters.
Last week we reported the grand opening of Sprint's "M2M Collaboration Center" in Burlingame, California. Since then, the site's first success stories are beginning to emerge. Yesterday Pacific Controls Inc. unveiled a live demonstration of its Galaxy Service Delivery Platform for smart grid at the center.
According to the latest update to ABI Research’s forecasts, cellular M2M connections continue to show steady growth, and are expected to exceed 297 million in 2015. Their 2009 forecast of about 225 million connections by 2014 has also been raised to 232.5 million. On the downside, while telematics and smart grid drive growth in Asia-Pacific, the markets outside Japan and key countries are "less mature," according to Sam Lucero, ABI's practice director.
Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine products and services, has announced the formation of its M2M Business Solutions group. Through this newly formed group, the company will deliver "Numerex DNA," which integrates the foundational elements of an M2M solution via a single source and is designed to break down the complexity barriers to solution development and deployment.
We have described in a recent article the dimensions of the M2M Switch currently taking place in the wireless industry: a renewed emphasis on machine-to-machine communications away from human-to-human communications, and the implementation of a new business model based on new “ABCs”: low Average Revenue per Unit or ARPU; low bandwidth or data rate transfer; and low churn or customer attrition. These characteristics are fundamentally different from the wireless operator’s traditional business model. However, the shift in the business model foundation is not the only radical change. In addition to bringing a new focus, the M2M Switch transforms the way businesses operate. As millions of remote devices are going to be linked up together, the ability to better comprehend and monitor the operational quilt or the business environment in general will be increased, and, as a result, overall productivity enhanced. The M2M Switch infuses new life into the business-to-business (B2B) M2M market.