On Tuesday at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, the M2M Zone spoke with Jürgen Hase, vice president of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M competence center, who said that the move from 2G to 3G in M2M will not take place in the next six months or a year, but will depend primarily on the M2M device capabilities.
As Mobile World Congress quickly approaches major companies are beginning to release news. While predominately a telecom show, Mobile World Congress will also be displaying some of the latest innovations in the machine-to-machine industry. Ericsson will be showcasing a new electric vehicle charging service, while other companies like DoCoMo and Jasper Wireless reveal M2M partnerships. Below are just a few examples of M2M news that will be coming out of MWC.
Itron, Inc. recently announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held SmartSynch, Inc., a developer of cellular-based smart grid services for the utility industry, in a transaction valued at $100 million.
Jasper Wireless, a provider of connected devices platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics, and Optimus, a Portuguese mobile network operator, on Wednesday announced an agreement to wirelessly connect machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics devices across Portugal.
GridComms announced its debut global Smart Grid conference that will focus on opportunities for collaboration and innovation between the telecommunications and utilities industries with the common goal of building and securing Smart Grid networks. GridComms will bring together global leaders from the telecom and utility industries to discuss the future of smarter energy distribution and communications networks and the importance of building and securing networks for the advancement of Smart Grid.
As telecom operators become increasingly involved in machine-to-machine (M2M) markets, major decisions are going to have to be made about the viability of 2G networks.
According to a recent report by research firm ABI Research, smart applications shipments will soon begin to pick up and will eventually exceed 24 million units by 2017. Similar to the market for home energy management systems (HEMS), the smart appliances market has, so far, failed to take off as many had expected. Many products are still involved in small pilots and have failed to hit retail outlets in any large number, says ABI Research.
Cinterion, a provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules, announced on Tuesday that Linyang Electronics, an electronic information enterprise in the smart meter market, is integrating Cinterion's tiny BGS2 in their smart metering products and power utilization management terminals.
On Tuesday, Sprint announced that it is partnering with Orange Business Services to provide global machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity outside the U.S. Through the agreement, Sprint will expand its M2M reach to include Sprint-branded global M2M connectivity to 180 countries on Orange’s network.