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.
China's top telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE denied receiving illegal government subsidies that helped them undercut rivals in recent years, after media reported the European Union planned to take action over unfair trade practices. Action by the EU could spark a trade war, analysts warned.
Last week, Everything Everywhere announced an agreement with Transport operator Stagecoach Group to offer consumers with a way to use mobile phones as tickets for public transportation. The two companies have unveiled the UK's first Government-standard commercial deployment of mobile contactless transport ticketing, which could lead to a nationwide roll out across select bus and rail services in 2013.
On Tuesday, Comcast, a U.S. cable operator, announced a free Xfinity Voice feature that brings mobile voice technologies to the home phone. The new feature, called Voice 2go, allows customers to make phone calls and send text messages for free, when made within a WiFi network, such as in a customer's home or on a public WiFi hotspot. This new service could potentially cut into wireless mobile operators’ revenue.
Ceragon Networks Ltd., a wireless backhaul provider, on Tuesday announced that it has received orders of approximately $4 million to supply microwave backhaul solutions and turnkey services including installation, project management and commissioning to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). The NTUA selected Ceragon's FibeAir IP-10G to power the Navajo Nation's wireless backhaul network. The systems are part of an over 530 mile network which is made up of microwave towers and fiber optics.
When is a mobile payment a “mobile payment”?
When it’s m-commerce. That’s one of the top-level findings of the MasterCard Mobile Payments Readiness Index (MPRI). The Index rank orders 34 global economies in terms of their readiness to execute on mobile payments across all three configurations—mobile at point of sale (POS), person-to-person payments (P2P), and e-commerce conducted from a mobile device (m-commerce).
IMS Research, a market research firm recently acquired by IHS Inc., projects that medical devices utilized by the consumer to self-monitor their health, rather than those used in managed telehealth systems, will provide the largest opportunity for wireless technologies over the next five years. IMS Research forecasts that more than 50 million wireless health monitoring devices will ship for consumer monitoring applications during the next five years, with a smaller number being used in managed telehealth systems.
Last week, Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, announced the development of a complete Device-Network-Application (DNA) service for remote cellular monitoring of HeartAssist5 System, a heart pump monitoring technology.