Society may already be dangerously over-reliant on satellite radio navigation systems like GPS, the Royal Academy of Engineering (London) warns in a report published today. The range of applications using the technology is now so broad that, without adequate independent backup, signal failure or interference could potentially affect safety systems and other critical parts of the economy.
Dilip Rahulan, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Controls (Dubai, UAE), offered a number of key insights during an M2M Zone panel discussion yesterday at CeBIT. The company's home territory is a leader in the uptake of machine-to-machine connectivity.
Already, Pacific Controls has connected a whopping 60,000 buildings with M2M services, at an explosive rate of 120 buildings per day, according to Mr. Rahulan. He believes the overall infrastructure boom in Dubai is largely to thank for the echo-boom in M2M. As a result, projections for 2015 uptake have already been exceeded today.
Device Insight (Munich, Germany) is providing live, hands-on demonstrations of its "CenterSight" software this week at CeBIT, inside our own M2M Zone Pavilion. The interface is live on the show floor, not a simulation, and functions in near real-time.
Trimble (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) has introduced a new RFID reader called the ThingMagic Mercury6, the latest in the company's lineup of RFID products. The unit is a 4-port, multi-protocol reader that operates within the Mercury API.
An impressive new GPS transceiver is on display at the O2 (Berkshire, UK) booth this week inside the M2M Zone, Hall 7. The unit boasts two never-before-seen features that have been predicted, but never successfully implemented until this model.
Pacific Controls (Dubai, UAE) is at CeBIT this week promoting a variety of products and services for the energy sector. Chief among them are "Gbots," first announced late last year. Gbots are autonomous software "agents" capable of flexible action in dynamic, unpredictable management environments of networks or smart devices.
A thin but energetic Steve Jobs made a surprise return to the spotlight on Wednesday, taking the stage to unveil Apple Inc's new iPad and drawing a standing ovation.
The Silicon Valley legend has been out on medical leave since late January and his reappearance, in trademark turtleneck and jeans, bolstered Apple shares and reassured investors and fans worried about his health.
The M2M sector is showing explosive growth this year, often pegged at a compound annual growth rate of over 20%. Our own M2M Zone Pavilion has more than doubled for this year's CeBIT, making it--in some ways--the largest M2M event in all of Europe. With that in mind, we spoke with Frank Poerschmann, Global Head of CeBIT, for his take on M2M's role at the show.
The CeBIT 2001 M2M Zone Pavilion, located at the center of Telematics Hall 7, has more than doubled in size since last year's show, reflecting the already strong growth of this potentially explosive industry. With 14 of the most influential M2M names exhibiting, the M2M Zone is home to the manufacturers and service providers of the latest and most advanced machine-to-machine technology in existence.
M2M applications that take advantage of LTE networks will dominate this year's CeBIT, said Norbert Handke, CEO of ITS Network Germany (Brussels, Belgium), in an exclusive interview earlier this month. Dr. Handke also let slip a few products and services that his company, Intelligent Communications Systems, will be exhibiting during the week.