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.
On Tuesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, AT&T announced a platform service featuring a single SIM offering that expands global coverage. The SIM, along with a service management platform powered by Jasper Wireless, arms connected and M2M device manufacturers with the ability to manage global wireless device deployment and operations across markets with diagnostic tools and smart process automation.
Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, on Tuesday announced a global strategic partnership with Telefonica, a telecommunications network operator, to offer value-added services, customer support, module innovation and global connectivity for M2M applications.
Jasper Wireless, a provider of connected device platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics, announced an agreement with NTT DOCOMO to wirelessly connect machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics devices across Japan.