On Monday at Connected World, Wyless, a M2M managed services provider, detailed some of its customers who are currently delivering "green" machine-to-machine (M2M) services. From solar-powered, wireless parking meters that allow credit card payments to a web-based irrigation control system, the services from IPS Group, GreenRoad and Weathermatic are positively impacting our society, which is demonstrated below in terms of numbers.
Some of the largest vendors and OEMs on the planet were in agreement at the Axeda Conference in Boston this week – embedded devices will allow manufacturers to monitor their goods after sale, and in doing so, present a wide range of revenue opportunities that are just starting to become reality. New, M2M-driven revenue sources will resemble subscription sales more than the traditional movement of hard goods, and handling “Big Data” will be the key to making that happen.
Jack Sweeney, CEO of Axeda, kicked off the Axeda Connexion conference on Tuesday by discussing the growth potential of the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry in terms of numbers.
According to Sweeney, there will be 3.5 billion M2M connections by 2014, before reaching 50 billion connections in 2020. “This means that you would have to connect 166 new machines every second of every day for the next eight years,” says Sweeney.
KORE Telematics, a wireless service provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, on Thursday announced the availability of its Quickstart Program for Huawei's Evaluation Kits. Designed specifically for the developer community, the KORE Quickstart Program enables companies to more quickly and easily bring new M2M solutions to market on the KORE network.
Axeda Corporation, a cloud platform provider for M2M and connected devices, and Multi-Tech Systems, a provider of M2M communications products and services, on Monday announced a new alliance that will further reduce the cost and complexity of bringing complete machine-to-machine (M2M) services to market.
The social cloud is an integration of cloud-based services with traditional communications and social media channels. The two driving forces behind the social cloud evolution are the transition of content from traditional media like books, magazines, and CDs into bits and bytes, as well as the desire for everyone to share and communicate instantaneously.
On Wednesday, Deutsche Telekom launched its M2M Marketplace, which is a platform for manufacturers and dealers to offer their hardware, software, apps and full-package services relating to M2M communication.
According to ABI Research, the cellular M2M market will rise from about 110 million cumulative connections globally in 2011 to roughly 453 million cumulative connections by 2017. Nevertheless, a key challenge for the industry remains the complexity of developing, deploying, and managing M2M applications over the cellular network.
Cinterion, a provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication technology, last week announced it is powering communications for an M2M time clock, JobClock Hornet by ExakTime. The new clock uses an advanced Cinterion module to automatically capture and send precise electronic time records over wireless networks, simplifying payroll processing and jobsite management. The mobile time clock is designed for businesses with hourly employees such as construction companies, restaurants and hospitals, says the company.
Telefonica UK, which operates the O2 brand, on Thursday announced that it has partnered with Jasper Wireless to deploy a new platform for the management of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. The cloud-based management platform will enable Telefonica UK customers to roll out connected devices quickly, manage them in real time and deliver global support. The platform is already operational and is currently being rolled in a number of projects.