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.
Lantronix, Inc., a provider of smart M2M connectivity services, on Tuesday announced the launch of its new PremierWave-XN, an 802.11n dual-band, multi-port serial device server, offering both WiFi and Ethernet connectivity – enabling remote access and easy management of devices or equipment over the network and across the internet.
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.
Qualcomm Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporate, and Orange Business Services, on Thursday announced a collaboration in which Qualcomm Life will use Orange Business Services' M2M connectivity services in Europe to connect health care providers and patients and enable secure remote monitoring for various chronic diseases.
On Monday, Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Motorola Solutions announced the two companies will work together to help grow machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, and deliver vertical enterprise services with wireless data and voice.
Among the first machine-to-machine (M2M) companies to release fourth quarter financial results for 2011 are Digi International, Numerex and Sierra Wireless. Results varied overall, with some companies experiencing a decline in fourth quarter revenue due to internal decisions and circumstances. Digi International’s fourth quarter revenue declined due to the flood in Thailand, which impacted its operations. Sierra Wireless saw a decline in revenue largely due to an absence in revenue from Barnes an