Wednesday, March 09, 2011
M2M News Monthly - March 2011
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Preliminary data from Berg Insight show that the worldwide number of mobile network connections used for wireless M2M communication reached 81.4 million at the end of 2010, up 46 percent year-on-year.
A report released by ABI Research indicates more than three-quarters of a billion RFID tags will be used in global apparel markets in 2011.
A growing number of startups are applying the principles of social networking to home energy management, and bringing social media to the smart grid. In the process, they are revolutionizing people’s understanding of their energy use, building successful companies and helping to lessen the impact of each individual on the environment.
Defense contractor Comtech Telecommunications Corp., has revealed that its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, received orders totaling $27.2 million under its MTS contract with the U.S. Army.
Harbor research predicts 50 billion M2M connections, through cellular and other technologies, by 2025.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has made it clear - the telecom company is all in when it comes to connected car technology. Hesse outlined the company's M2M technology initiative at a keynote address at the Detroit Economic Club.
The momentum of the M2M market is increasing and mobile operators, who have traditionally provided just connectivity services for M2M solutions, have woken up to the fact that they need to move deeper into the M2M value chain.
According to a recent research carried out by InfoCom the M2M market shows significant growth potential worldwide.
Global mobile M2M connections reached 81.4 million by the end of 2010, up 46 percent on-year, according to statistics published by Berg Insight.
New research highlights how mobile devices are taking on increasing wider roles, with new services such as M2M and new form factors such as tablets creating new niches and new ways of getting connected while on the move.
The M2M and connected devices space now has a new community dedicated to its particular issues. CommNexus San Diego has launched the Machine-to-Machine Special Interest Group (M2M SIG). The group is focused on wirelessly connected devices that fall outside of the mobile phone and tablet space.
U.S. telecom giant AT&T outperformed its rival Verizon Wireless to become the world's largest provider of wireless M2M connectivity services last year, reporting 9.3 million subscribers in Q4-2010.
As shown through the IMS latest study the shipments of cellular modules for M2M communications will reach over 100 million in 2015.
As cell phone penetration in the US hits 95 percent (100 percent if you rule out kids under five years of age), the battleground for the largest telecom carriers has shifted to M2M communications. It looks like AT&T has just gotten its nose ahead in this race, adding almost 2 million devices in fourth quarter 2010.
The launch of Ericsson Device Connection Platform paves the way for 50 billion connected devices in 2020. M2M service for telecom operators will allow for connection of devices beyond smartphones and laptops.
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