Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kevin’s Weekly M2M Newsletter – July 21, 2010

Welcome to Kevin's M2M News Weekly. This is an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices that I read each week. I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article. I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

You can read archived editions of Kevin's M2M News Weekly at http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/m2m.html.

Also check out Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly and Kevin’s Enterprise Mobility Blog.

********

Trilliant, a California-based provider of smart grid solutions that enhance energy efficiency, utility operations, and renewable resource integration, this morning announced that it has secured a whopping $106 million in funding from a global syndicate of industry and financial big-names: Investor Growth Capital, VantagePoint Venture Partners, ABB and GE. In August 2008 Trilliant raised $40 million from MissionPoint Capital Partners and zouk ventures.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/15/smart-grid-company-trilliant-scores-106m-in-funding-next-up-an-ipo/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

********

Enphase Energy's new Environ Smart Thermostat lets you control your home’s temperature and monitor your solar installations remotely. All of the data is transmitted to a website where you can analyze your energy consumption and, with the new thermostat, control your home’s temperature from afar.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/14/enphase-energy-remote-thermostat/

********

T-Mobile USA is continuing its aggressive push in the increasingly important M2M services market by striking a partnership with asset protection provider IContain and Asset Protection Products LLC to help reduce operating costs in the $7 billion US rent-to-own sector.

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=194363&f_src=lightreading_gnews

********

The world of M2M communications is no longer just about vehicle tracking applications, Kore Telematics is fond of saying. But according to its own numbers, 70.7 percent of the M2M device connections Kore manages still connect GPS devices in vehicles and other assets.

http://connectedplanetonline.com/topics/machine-to-machine/kore-m2m-connections-071510/
********

Cinterion Wireless Modules, a leader in cellular M2M communication modules, and Airo Wireless, a maker of ruggedized cell phones, today announced their collaboration on the Airo A25 is, the first ever intrinsically safe, ruggedized cell phone certified for use in explosive, hazardous environments.

http://newsblaze.com/story/2010072005091700003.bw/topstory.html

********

Elan Digital Systems UK believes that the next standard for M2M high speed data interface will be SDIO.

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Elan-Digital-Launches-New-Dedicated-Custom-Design-Service-for-SD-SDIO-1293019.htm

********

iSupplie has stated that embedded GPS technology won't just be limited to smartphones in the future. iSuppli says by 2014 there will be increased penetration in a variety of consumer and computer electronic devices. Examples of devices that will have embedded GPS in 2014 include 18 percent of all laptops and 42 percent of portable handheld video game players, the firm is estimating.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/telecom/business/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225900135

********

While embedded and remote devices are not always highly visible because of their behind-the-scenes role, they are becoming pervasive. There will be more than 400 million embedded devices and M2M connections by 2014, when more of the world’s mobile data traffic will be transferred monthly on embedded computing systems than during all of 2008.

http://advice.cio.com/mark_gentile/11122/embed_management_capabilities_wherever_there_are_embedded_devices

********

AT&T announced Wednesday it's signed an agreement to allow Petra Solar solar panels in New Jersey to communicate with the utility Public Service Electric and Gas over its wireless network. The AT&T agreement will allow the solar panels, which have their own smart-grid communication tools built in, to communicate with PSE&G's smart grid via the AT&T wireless network. The solar panels will even have their own pricing plan as part of the company's M2M service plan.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20011178-54.html

********

US operator AT&T has announced new products aimed at the mobile enterprise, and a new partnership in the M2M space.

http://www.mobilebusinessbriefing.com/article/at-and-t-launches-encrypted-voice-expands-m2m

********

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S. based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, announced today that its CC864-DUAL, a CDMA-1XRTT dual-band cellular M2M communications module, is now certified for use with Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless service provider in the United States. Telit customers can now leverage the CC864-DUAL to launch smart, embedded cellular products on Verizon Wireless' nationwide wireless network.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/telit-technology-certified-to-connect-smart-devices-over-the-verizon-wireless-network-2010-07-21?reflink=MW_news_stmp

********

With mobile services still on a rapid upswing in markets such as India and China, the past week saw the global mobile subscriber base reaching a new high of 5 billion on Thursday July 8, 2010, estimates leading telecom vendor, Ericsson. In the days to come, mobile services are also expected to be converged with M2M, and this is estimated to be a key component in the future growth of mobile services.

http://www.telecomtiger.com/Wireless_fullstory.aspx?storyid=9617&flag=1&passfrom=topstory§ion=S216

********

The Subscriber Identity Module – that standard little chip that houses all of a subscriber's information for GSM-based networks card is changing. Long Term Evolution technology is advancing the smart card, while the potential of M2M communications is evolving the size and form factors for SIMs.

http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20100713/BSS_OSS/100719988/sim-card-evolves-with-lte-technology

********

Rapidly falling chipset prices are making WiMax well suited for M2M communications, but expensive Long Term Evolution modules may be the only safe bet for the long haul, says Heavy Reading Mobile research analyst Tim Kridel.

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=194172&f_src=lightreading_gnews

*******

What do Jeff Bezos and Lindsay Lohan have in common? They are two examples of how the definition of M2M communications has broadened over the past two years.

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=194054

***************************************************
Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry
Analyst CEO/Principal Consultant, Netcentric Strategies LLC
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

***************************************************