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In the past two years, M2M applications have become one of the most talked about topics in the wireless industry. More than 50 billion machines worldwide that could be connected via M2M technologies are seen as a great opportunity to trigger new hype for mobile communication.
Numerex Corp. a single source provider of secure M2M products and services announced that it has inked agreements with global telecom infrastructure providers and wireless network operators. This will expand the reach of its network and application service platform on a global scale.
ABI Research forecast earlier this year that the mobile M2M connectivity market will grow from 58 million connections globally in 2008 to approximately 225 million in 2014, a compound annual growth rate of about 25 percent.
Most of the time when we think of RFID we think of fixed mounted systems in warehouses, manufacturing environments and in transportation and logistics processes. However, there are also mobile environments where RFID and M2M systems are needed. These can be used on just about any kind of jobsite where there isn't an easily available IT infrastructure and Internet connectivity.
Water management has come under the spotlight in South Africa as the government has embarked on a project to “green” its rivers as part of its strategic business plan for 2010 and has contracted local specialist wireless M2M communications solutions provider, Beyond Wireless, to provide a water quality monitoring solution.
M2M networking for remote device management is now already well advanced across all major industry sectors, according to a new survey of early adopters just published by Harbor Research Inc.
Worldwide, wireless, wireline, and satellite networks developed significantly in the last twenty years, setting the stage for M2M applications and equipment to utilize these existing networks. Used for logistical tracking, telemetry, remote monitoring, geo fencing, security, and scientific monitoring, M2M communications provide benefits for industries ranging from agriculture to retail, driving the satellite M2M industry over the next five to seven years.
Research firm Berg Insight has released its own findings into the uptake of smart meters in Europe, claiming that the installed base of electricity meters will grow by around 17.9 percent between 2009 and 2015 to reach a total number of around 111.4 million.
Nissan is working with AT&T to provide M2M like connectivity for digital services for the company's all-electric LEAF automobile. Nissan intends to include the Internet, smartphone connectivity and navigation into the base price of the car.
World satellite M2M communications market earned revenues of $726 million in 2009 and is estimated to reach $1.9 billion in 2016, according to market research company Frost & Sullivan analysis. The market observer said that the US is dominating the world satellite M2M communications market, with a 62 percent share, while the Asia-Pacific region is expected to experience maximum growth in terms of regional share in the long term.
Sprint’s Business Markets Group continued to make a strong contribution to the company's quarterly performance, finishing the second quarter with strong sales of M2M solutions, an increased demand for Sprint 4G phones by businesses, and an increasing number of third-party endorsements that validate the unit's continued momentum.
There's a new generation of wireless medical sensors mounted on an adhesive strip. The so-called smart Band-Aid can call a doctor and transmit all kinds of physiological information when it detects a problem.
Machine to machine communications via wireless methods will be the real growth platform of the coming decade," says Jack Plunkett. "Nanotechnology will plan a big role in these devices that will be assisting automatic controls and gathering data from billions of spots in the near future."
The world’s satellite M2M communications market is presently experiencing exponential growth, as companies are seeking to raise productivity and reduce their costs at the same time. M2M hardware and equipment have been continuously reducing in both size and cost during the last five years.
AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA are exploring a joint venture to develop a mobile-payment service that uses cellphones, people familiar with the matter said Monday, seeking to break into what is expected to be a fast-growing market. The unlikely alliance of three rival national wireless carriers will use Discover Financial Services to process payments and Barclays PLC as bank partner, the people said.
Some of the nation's largest vending machine operators have begun to deploy technologies such as credit card readers and sales tracking devices that are standard in supermarkets but only now are showing up in machines that dispense candy bars, potato chips and soda pop.
Investors rewarded Sierra Wireless, Inc. Friday, after it released surprisingly strong second-quarter results and bullish guidance. On Nasdaq Friday, Sierra was up $1.12, or 14.8 percent, to $8.70 on 916,000 shares. Sierra, which makes wireless technology for mobile devices, reported second quarter revenue of $159.1 million, beating analyst estimates of $157 million, and a record for the period. The record second quarter revenue was driven by demand for the company's M2M wireless products, namely an embedded wireless device for Barnes and Noble's Nook eReader. M2M sales, which comprise roughly half the company's revenue, were up 50 percent to $83.6 million from $54.6 million in the same quarter of 2009. However, sales were down 5 percent from the first quarter, when the Nook was launched.
As consumers, we watch the major carriers hash it out over red and blue maps, network speeds, and data plans—all in hopes of getting into our pocketbooks. But behind the scenes in the M2M marketplace a less public battle is brewing among carriers - who will take the lead in the space?
Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry
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