Companies around the world are embracing the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) revolution. Partnerships are forming, and everyone is looking to put their own mark on the quickly developing Internet of Things (IoT). With all the excitement buzzing in the air, it's no surprise there was some great news in the world of Embedded M2M Solutions this week.
Plenty of companies have been looking excitedly at the new M2M applications container, Eclipse Kura. A member of the IoT Working Group, Eurotech, has announced its own contributions to Eclipse Kura. The contributions from Eurotech will help Kura so that it can be run through different devices. Eurotech and Kura are hoping to make it easier for devices to enter the IoT, as barriers to device entry have been a major hurdle for its development.
Embedded M2M Solutions have truly found their homes within different elements of transportation. I.D. Systems, a provider of wireless M2M asset management solutions, was in the news this week because of their VeriWise Track and Trace System. The Track and Trace System, providing real-time asset tracking through GPS and cellular communications, has been picked up by Duncan and Sons Lines, Inc., a provider of intermodal container transport services. The Track and Trace System is planned to be used with a fleet of Duncan and Sons containers.
Outside of transporting goods, M2M is also being used in the better transportation of people. In Italy, Deutsche Telekom (News - Alert) has teamed up with the Italian city of Kiunsys to work on employing a “smart parking” system. Using a system of ground sensors and indication panels, Kiunsys' Piazza Carrara is now an easy parking zone. Besides making it easier for visitors to park, it will also provide the city with up to date information about driving and parking habits.
M2M doesn't just help track transportation of goods and people, but can be used with automobiles to provide more features. Many of the major car manufacturers have been looking to have M2M solutions embedded within their new vehicles. Japanese car maker Toyota Motor Corporation recently announced that it has selected IBM (News - Alert) as the company to build an application development platform for the creation of more M2M services within their cars. Together the companies will work toward building an onboard device and application development environment for the Toyota Open Vehicle Architecture.
The possibilities with M2M technology seem almost endless, and this week Sprint (News - Alert) wanted to show the world just what a person could do with it. On Wednesday June 5, Sprint Retail M2M Solutions hosted a showcase in Kansas. During the showcase, guests heard from Dirigo Agency president Tim Fahey, and received demonstrations on how M2M and mobile Point of Sale (mPoS) technologies can be used to support charitable causes and help nonprofits.
From roadways to nonprofits, M2M keeps surprising us with its possibilities. There was some exciting news this week, but make sure to check back in on Monday to stay on top of all the latest news in the world of Embedded M2M Solutions.