The GSMA, in partnership with Machina Research (London, England), last week announced that the growth of connected devices is booming in Asia Pacific, with the region expected to be the largest market by 2020 with over 11 billion total connected devices, and within that, almost 5.6 billion mobile connected devices, accounting for a 47% market share and far outstripping Europe (19.1%) and North America (9.4%).
Many M2M analysts forecast that the markets for connected medical devices may not grow as quickly as deployments in areas like automotive telematics and smart grid, but the brain trust at Wi-Fi device manufacturer Lantronix (Irvine, Calif., USA) does not agree. The company has seen embedded systems for medical devices grow to 10% of its $50 million (US) top-line sales, and expects the overall market for such medical connectivity to continue to increase.
In the future, remotely monitoring health conditions may not longer require a bulky connected device, but “Smart Skin.” MC10 Inc (Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.), a company developing next-generation electronic systems, is working with the University of Illinois to develop smart skin, and epidermal electronic system containing transistors, sensors, receivers and transmitters that can be bent, stretched and wrinkled just like real skin.
Wyless (London, England) and Wireless Maingate (Stockholm, Sweden), two M2M MVNO's, announced a strategic partnership that will provide both companies will access to the others networks.
Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) last Monday announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Quantenna Communications (Fremont, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of Wi-Fi networking for home entertainment, including connected devices. Through the partnership, Telefonica looks to make a strategic equity investment in Quantenna, which will give it access to the latest Quantenna technology for the deployment of high performance video services to the home.
Telefonica will invest roughly $3 million in Quantenna, which brings the total investment up to $90 million to date, says Quantenna.
Sierra Wireless (British Columbia, Canada) and Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) last week announced they are collaborating to help application developers, product manufacturers, and machine-to-machine (M2M) service providers deploy new services. The two companies will co-market Sierra Wireless’ M2M Cloud Platform and Sierra Wireless will support Sprint modules pre-certified on its network.
On Tuesday, Sierra Wireless (British Columbia, Canada) and the Eclipse Foundation (Ontario, Canada), a nonprofit vendor neutral corporation consisting of individuals across the software industry, announced the formation of a new Industry Working Group to define and implement an open standard platform for the software development tools used in developing machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.
Digi International (Minnstonka, Minn., U.S.A.) on Tuesday announced that its embedded 3G system-on-module has been certified by Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.), which allows M2M device manufacturers to add 3G connectivity to their devices without having to go through a certification process.
ConnectCore 3G -- the embedded 3G system-on-module with integrated application processing- also offers cloud connectivity with the iDigi Device Cloud.
Fleet Management Solutions (San Luis Obispo, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of telematics systems, on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to equip its fleet vehicles and other mobile assets, with its vehicle tracking and mobile management system.
Telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid Spain), through its recently created unit Telefónica Digital, and China Unicom (Beijing, China) last week signed a strategic agreement to promote the development of M2M and the Internet of Things in a global scope. The objective of the partnership includes making advances in the M2M industry through different technologies such as cellular communications, identification by radiofrequency (RFID), sensors and global positioning systems (GPS).