Machine-to-machine (M2M) service offerings appear to be on the rise, but there are areas of the telecom market where carriers may not have the infrastructure to support front-end B2B M2M services. In this article, Alex Brisbourne parses out the market and offers some resolution as to where M2M can and should become the business of big carriers, and where it likely will not.
Telefónica O2 UK last week announced that they signed a multi-million pound contract with international security solutions group and major UK smart meter operations service provider G4S Utility Services (G4S) to simplify the remote management and monitoring of the O2 UK’s national smart meter network.
French energy group GDF Suez has signed a six-year deal with Orange Business Services for the management of its information system. The partnership includes standard facilities management such as hosting, infrastructure operation and running ERP applications. The partnership will also establish a shared engineering team in charge of developing the Group’s solutions to match the needs of its business units as closely as possible.
The whole world is racing toward 4G. Verizon Wireless boasts it contains “the world’s fastest 4G network.” Sprint is going to “turbo charge your Internet with 4G.” Consumers are excited about the opportunities 4G presents including significantly improved mobile Internet and social networking experiences, movie and TV streaming, and enhanced gaming and shopping capabilities from their mobile devices.
Nokia (Espoo, Finland) will join with Microsoft (Redmond, WA, USA) to challenge Apple and Google's grip on the smartphone market in a bold move by the Finnish manufacturer.
Nokia will use Windows Phone as its software platform for all forthcoming smartphones as part of a sweeping overhaul announced by CEO Stephen Elop.
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.