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TMCnet Embedded M2M Solutions Week in Review

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August 11, 2012

TMCnet Embedded M2M Solutions Week in Review

By Rich Steeves, TMCnet Managing Editor

Machine-to-Machine technology is all around us, from fleet management devices, to usage-based insurance dongles to smart meters. The embedded M2M solutions industry is constantly growing and changing, and each week brings a host of news in this space. Here are some of the highlights of the top stories from the past few days.

Speaking of the growth of the M2M market, Strategy Analytics (News - Alert) came out with a report that augurs huge growth in the machine-to-machine industry. The report, “Global M2M Connections Market Forecast & Analysis,” states that cellular M2M connections will grow from 277 million this year to a staggering 2.5 billion in 2020.

"We seem to have been at the cusp of an explosion in M2M for many years, without it being realized, but finally changes are happening that will enable the M2M market to show real growth over the forecast period," said Andrew Brown, director of M2M research at Strategy Analytics and author of the study. "Carrier's development of global connectivity platforms, efforts to standardize the M2M service layer, such as the M2M initiative, and government regulation, will all help to realize the potential of the M2M market.”

One of the largest and most successful embedded M2M solutions providers is Sprint (News - Alert), and the company has partnered with many other prominent firms to enable new initiatives. One such partnership is with Ambient. The two companies are working together to enable smart grid solutions, and Ambient’s (News - Alert) X-3100 Smart Grid Node with an embedded Sierra Wireless MC8355 module is not certified to work on the Sprint network.

“One of the key benefits of the Ambient solution is its flexibility, which we believe should be afforded not only by the communications options that we provide, but also by the potential carriers that our customers can use. We are delighted to have achieved this additional certification with Sprint, and pleased that we can now offer our customers the added functionality that the MC8355 module provides,” said John J. Joyce, president and CEO of Ambient Corporation.

Another Sprint partner is Chrysler. The auto manufacturer chose to work with Sprint on its Uconnect program. Uconnect will enable a host of connected services on upcoming Chrysler vehicles. The 2013 Ram 1500 and the 2013 SRT Viper will feature the technology, which will allow them to connect to emergency services, activate navigation systems and even provide rear-seat entertainment.

It’s been an exciting week in the embedded M2M solutions space. Be sure to check back with TMC (News - Alert) soon for more news and announcements!

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