On Thursday at the M2M Zone conference at CeBIT, top analysts in the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry weighed in on the 2G versus 3G and 4G debate in M2M. Overall, it seemed everyone agreed that a viable option would be to keep 2G and instead turn off 3G networks.
On Thursday during the M2M Zone Conference at CeBIT, Dr. Martin Przewloka, senior vice president and global head of internet applications and services at SAP Research, presented the results from the SAP Future Fleet project.
This week at CeBIT, FreightWatch Security Net (FSN), a provider of embeddable, covert tracking solutions, introduced its latest portable, battery-powered assisted-GPS tracker. The Geo F5 Global AGPS Tracker operates on GSM/GPRS cellular coverage worldwide.
This week at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, Orga Systems, a provider of real-time billing portfolios, is demonstrating its Energy & Service Billing Platform, which is able to bill energy usage in line with hourly spot market prices and is being shown in a “Wind-to-Home” scenario.
This week at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, Vodafone Germany announced a five-year deal with BMW to fit all its vehicles with mobile SIM chips for telematics services. The deal involves fitting SIM cards within the vehicles at the assembly plant.
On Tuesday at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, the M2M Zone listened as executives spoke about security in the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry. All the panelists on the roundtable seemed to agree that too much emphasis and concern is being placed on the privacy of M2M applications.
“We are far too concerned about some of these things,” says Larsh Johnson, founder and CTO of eMeter Corporation (San Mateo, Calif., USA). “Everything smart means everything private.”
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.
On Tuesday at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, the M2M Zone got a chance to speak with David Wigglesworth, vice president of data services at Iridum, on topics surrounding machine-to-machine (M2M) technology in satellite communication. One major sector of M2M that Iridium is involved in is asset tracking, and according to Wigglesworth, the largest obstacle facing asset tracking today is regulation.
On Tuesday at CeBIT, Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, announced its xE910 family of wireless modules, which features a single, compact form factor that is interchangeable on any regional cellular network. The new family of modules can deliver ubiquitous coverage for M2M applications and consumer electronics devices worldwide, says the company.
Laird Technologies Inc., a supplier of customized electronics and wireless products, announced its acquisition of Summit Data Communications, a manufacturer of wireless LAN modules and cards for mobile computers, medical devices, and similar equipment. Summit posted a revenue of $17.2 million in 2011, increasing 13% from the previous year.