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 market for personal tracking devices and wearable technology is set to boom in 2014, as M2M players shift their focus from the business market to the consumer one.
That is one of the headline predictions from German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (Bonn) about the way the M2M industry will develop next year.
Cloud platform provider iGen Networks says it is expanding services into the M2M market and will develop solutions “that provide a compelling return on investment for managing small commercial fleets and protecting mobile assets”.
iGen (Alexandria, VA, USA) plans to leverage its cloud-based infrastructure to ramp up its M2M activities, noting that with recent developments in hardware and cloud delivery technologies M2M solutions for fleets have become a lot more sophisticated.
Dutch telecoms incumbent has launched a fleet-management service for business customers in the Dutch and Belgian markets.
Branded KPN Fleet Management, the service is described as a “management tool” for companies maintaining large fleets.
KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) says it provides real-time insights allowing fleet managers to reduce costs as well as bolster efficiency and safety.
The operator is offering the service in partnership with fleet-management solutions provider Masternaut.
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:
M2M module maker Novatel Wireless has announced a major new contract with telematics player DigiCore under which its devices will be used to support vehicle usage and driver-behavior monitoring applications.
The deal will see DigiCore (Centurion, South Africa) include Novatel’s (San Diego, CA, USA) platform in its range of Ctrack-branded telematics services, initially to support insurance-based offerings.
Middle Eastern operator Etisalat has extended a long-standing partnership with M2M gateways provider Netcomm Wireless in another sign of its growing interest in the M2M opportunity.
The operator said the deal will build on an existing agreement to provide M2M services to vertical market customers across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
As a result of the new agreement, Netcomm’s (Sydney, Australia) product portfolio will be extended to Etisalat’s (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) operations in 15 countries.
The 4G lead established by the UK’s EE has helped the operator secure a three-year deal to support telematics services for the RAC, one of the country’s biggest motoring organizations.
Under the terms of the contract announced this week, EE (Hatfield, UK) is to provide embedded SIMs for the RAC’s (Walsall, UK) in-car telematics technology, allowing fleet managers to monitor vehicles remotely.
The number of fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in the Americas is set to grow from 4.9 million at the end of 2012 to 10.1 million by 2017, according to new research from Berg Insight.
The market-research company predicts that North American deployments will grow from 3.3 million at the end of 2012 to 6.8 million by 2017, with installations in Latin America rising from 1.6 million to 3.3 million over the same period.
Logistics company Ryder is to begin using telematics services from Orbcomm across its fleet of trailer assets, the two organizations have announced.
Ryder (Miami, FL, USA) was already a customer of Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA), which claims to have deployed more than 2,000 systems on Ryder’s trailers, but the new deal marks a significant extension of their partnership.