German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has opened an M2M developer community in a bid to spur the growth of the M2M applications market.
The operator says the community will allow developers to access tools like APIs, programming guidelines and software development kits (SDKs), making it easier for them to develop and sell M2M applications.
As an example, a smoke detector alarm could be monitored online using the appropriate M2M API and then meshed with an SMS API to provide an SMS alarm notification. The finished product could then be directly marketed and sold through Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Marketplace.
The community also provides developers with the opportunity to exchange information and ideas with Deutsche Telekom experts and other community members.
“Our M2M Developer Community is designed to serve as a central point of contact and exchange for M2M developers globally,” says Rainer Deutschmann, senior vice president of core telco products at Deutsche Telekom’s digital business unit. “Following the foundation of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Center and the launches of the Global M2M Association, our Partner Program and the M2M Marketplace, the M2M Developer Community is now a further stepping stone in executing our global M2M strategy.”
The OECD expects the number of M2M devices to increase from 5 billion today to around 50 billion by 2020, but growth is unlikely to happen unless collaborative efforts of this nature succeed.
Deutsche Telekom also recognises that supporting partners in the M2M market is a critical part of building its own M2M ecosystem.
“To provide development and, at the same time, marketing support focused specifically in the area of M2M is currently a unique approach,” says Jim Morrish, director of consulting firm Machina Research. “By incorporating its partners’ solution expertise in the identified sectors, Deutsche Telekom will be able to speed innovation and bring diverse applications to market more quickly in the future.”
Deutsche Telekom intends to expand the M2M Developer Community in future by providing a dedicated programming environment for the creation and testing of rich M2M solutions. The environment could also let developers mesh their applications with partner APIs and software components.
The operator’s Developer Garden platform already reaches up to 1 million potential developers worldwide.