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.
Locaid, a Location-as-a-Service company, and Wyless, a global M2M managed services provider, announced an agreement whereby Locaid will provide location-based services (LBS) to Wyless customers and partners across the globe.
In a keynote address to wrap up the second day of Mobile World Congress, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, addressed the technological future, both for those with unlimited access to technology, as well as those with vertically no access at all.
There are many aspects about the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry that everyone seems to agree upon, such as its growth potential. But, one topic that seems to divide the industry is the issue of 2G versus 3G and 4G in M2M applications. This week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, M2M Zone spoke with some major players in the M2M industry to get their take on the subject.
Gemalto, a provider of digital security, made a few major machine-to-machine announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including an end-to-end service for M2M and NFC content over LTE networks, and a plug-and-play M2M communication terminal from Cinterion.