The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
The M2M modules market is on the verge of a dramatic shift caused by the rising adoption and falling prices of LTE technology, according to a new study from Machina Research.
According to the research, LTE modules will account for more than two thirds of all modules shipped for use in wireless wide area networks in 2022, up from just 0.5% in 2013, as the initial wave of LTE migration transforms markets in the US, Japan, South Korea, China and parts of Europe.
Switzerland’s M2M player u-blox has launched a new module that uses “precision timing” technology to provide synchronization for industrial data and communications systems, including small, femto and macro-cell mobile networks.
The module is capable of tracking all of the GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou satellites in service and includes technology that allows it to operate in structures “with limited sky-view”.
Shares of Intel Corp fell nearly 5 percent on Friday after Wall Street came away from its investor meeting craving more evidence that the chipmaker can forge a strong mobile presence to drive up revenue and margins.
Investors wanted the company at the vanguard of personal-computer technology to lay out a plan to get higher-margin chips into tablets and smartphones, which are rapidly eroding sales of traditional PCs.
The global M2M market faces a number of macroeconomic and technical challenges, with consolidation and the “vetting” of business models set to affect the industry over the next three years, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.
“The mobile M2M module segment of the M2M market scaled to new heights in 2012 and then again in the first half of 2013, but as with any evolving industry this is happening amidst a dynamic and at times challenging environment,” said Godfrey Chua, directing analyst for M2M and connected world at Infonetics.
Module maker Novatel Wireless has flagged a substantial increase in revenues and narrowing of its net loss for the three months ending September thanks to good progress at both its mobile computing and M2M businesses.
The company said revenue rose by 30.5%, to $92.7 million, compared with the same period last year, while net losses narrowed to $5.1 million from $32 million in the same period of 2012.
Spain’s Telefonica is trying to spur M2M development through a new module certification program, designed to help customers launch M2M products and services more quickly.
Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) has branded its initiative the “Global M2M Module Certification Program” and says it has already certified modules from Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada), Telit (London, UK) and u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland), all of which had to undergo a series of interoperability and other tests before being approved.
M2M modem and gateways provider Multi-Tech Systems has appointed Rodney Landers its new chief executive.
Landers has served as an advisory member on the company’s board of directors since August and is credited with having an “extensive track record of success” in the tech industry.
In 2005, he founded Spectrum Design Solutions, which was purchased by Digi International (Minnetonka, MN, USA) three years later for the sum of $10 million, and is said to enjoy business relationships with some of the industry’s most important players.
M2M and digital security specialist Gemalto has flagged a double-digit revenue increase for the three months ending September, citing improving demand for its range of M2M products and services in both the Americas and Europe.
The company announced a 10% increase in sales, to €596 million ($820 million), compared with the third quarter of 2012, with revenues up across all of its main divisions.
With the US wireless association CTIA changing venues and the timing of its shows, there was some trepidation about turnout for last week’s MobileCon event in San Jose, CA (USA), but returns beat expectations. Almost 1,000 people attended opening day keynote addresses, and an informal poll of over 80 exhibitors showed that they were satisfied with turnout at the SJ Convention Center. The M2M Zone of the expo was heavily trafficked, and some of the news items released at the show included: