Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications has historically represented the integration of microprocessors, microcontrollers and sensors with communications, monitoring and control systems to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of business operations. The introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) is taking M2M to entirely new level as applications are rapidly expanding beyond traditional boundaries.
IoT applications enabled by M2M include many different enterprise capabilities such as location tracking, diagnostics, process automation, remote monitoring/control and many others. Applications are often very industry specific and unique to the needs of at market vertical and use case scenario. For example, automotive applications cover a wide variety of use cases and there is no typical configuration.
Industry verticals involved are also many and varied and include Agriculture, Automotive, Construction, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Industrial Automation, Intelligent Buildings, IT & Networks, Logistics, Public Safety, Retail and Vending, Security, Smart Cities, Transportation, Utilities.
At this point in time, the M2M value chain remains highly fragmented as industry constituents such as module OEMs, hardware solution providers, application platform providers, device platform providers, mobile network operators and aggregators/MVNOs all focus on multiple aspects of the value chain. At the same time, a given company will typically focus a one or more specific portions of the value chain. This makes for a very difficult business as both the “table stakes” capabilities and the unique differentiators require resources from any given M2M company.
Written by industry experts who have actually designed, implemented and operated M2M applications, the End-to-End M2M, Seventh Edition provides invaluable information for anyone seeking to better understand the technology, applications, business and regulatory issues. This research distinguishes itself from other publications on this topic by providing the reader with an understanding of M2M, the technologies involved in M2M, reasons to use M2M, key M2M applications, challenges in deploying M2M, and more. The report includes forecast data for the period 2014 – 2019 with analysis of key drivers, success factors, and industry dynamics.