Vodafone Germany has launched a new M2M service for remote monitoring, aimed chiefly at reducing downtime and lowering costs for customers in Germany’s machinery and plant engineering industries.
Branded the Integrated Remote Monitoring and Control Service (Integrated RMCS), the product is described by Vodafone (Dusseldorf, Germany) as the first fully integrated offering for the remote monitoring and control of machines through M2M communications.
Australian hardware specialist Netcomm Wireless has won an M2M supply deal with Saudi Arabia’s Mobily that it claims will bolster vertical-sector opportunities in the Middle East by allowing M2M services to work over 3G networks.
Under the arrangement, Netcomm (Sydney, Australia) is to supply Mobily (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) with outdoor industrial routers that can be used to support M2M services in areas that are poorly served by existing 3G networks.
The devices feature external 3G and WiFi antennas that boost signals in remote regions.
OEM supplier First International Computer (FIC) is teaming up with M2M specialist Cluster Wireless on the development of M2M products and services for the enterprise market.
The two companies have announced a “multi-year technology collaboration and partnership” they say will accelerate the development of “intelligent, flexible, [and] cost-efficient” M2M services aimed at enterprise customers.
FIC (Taipei, Taiwan) says the partnership will give it more flexibility during the design, manufacture and deployment of its custom hardware products.
M2M DataSmart is to support medication delivery and tracking solutions in the US for MedicPen, a mediation delivery specialist based in Sweden.
The mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) claims to offer “cost-effective, no-hassle wireless connectivity” using the CDMA network of Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA).
Network equipment maker Ciena Corp said it expects strong growth in cloud computing and higher use of smartphones, and forecast stronger-than-expected revenue for the current quarter.
Ciena (Hanover, MD, USA) shares jumped as much as 15.5 percent on the Nasdaq on Thursday morning. Shares of rival Finisar Corp (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) were up 5 percent while those of Juniper Networks Inc (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) were up about 1 percent.
Software giant Oracle has championed the cause of the International M2M Council – of which it is a founder member – saying the newly formed trade group will demonstrate the business benefits of M2M services to a variety of vertical markets.
“The IMC intends to show vertical markets how M2M works and what’s in it for them,” says Chris Baker, Oracle’s senior vice president for Worldwide ISV, OEM and Java sales.
“M2M cuts across broad and diverse markets, and the key to evangelism success will be tapping the resources of IMC member companies.”
Indian software giant Wipro has made a $5 million investment in Axeda in exchange for a minority stake in the M2M platform provider, the size of which has not been disclosed.
The Indian firm says it wants to capitalize on the rapid growth in the M2M market and plans to develop new enterprise applications in partnership with Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA).
The market for intelligent systems is set to grow from 3.5 billion units and $1.7 trillion in revenue this year to more than 5 billion units and nearly $2.4 trillion in revenue by 2017, according to new research from IDC.
The analyst company reckons intelligent systems – featuring high-performance microprocessors, IP connectivity and high-level operating systems – will capture the real value in the M2M market over the next five years.
Malaysian telecoms operator DiGi has become a high-profile customer of Ericsson’s M2M platform as it looks to fortify its M2M offerings.
Ericsson is likely to have been an obvious choice for the subsidiary of Norway’s Telenor (Fornebu, Norway), whose Telenor Connexion M2M division already has a relationship with the Swedish vendor.
Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) says the platform will allow DiGi (Shah Alam, Malaysia) to reduce time-to-market for M2M applications, boosting revenue and reducing operational costs.
Chipset and device leaders are lagging on development of the white space opportunity, even though it could provide a major spur to the M2M market.
The finding comes from new research published by Strategy Analytics, which urges Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) and Microsoft (Seattle, WA, USA) to recruit device and chipset giants to support their white space efforts.
White space spectrum comprises frequencies that are being freed up with the transition from old analog TV broadcasting to new digital systems.