This week in Embedded M2M Solutions, news traveled the world over, from telematics to MagicBands to smart cities this week proved another exciting one in the space. With no time to waste, let’s dive in to the week that was in embedded M2M. It’s time for the week in review!
This week in the news we heard about the magic of M2M being leveraged at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” In March, Disney (News - Alert) invested $1billion into its MyMagic program. The program gives each users a MagicBand. The band is waterproof and powered by RFID technology. This game-changing move offers Disney increased data collection and users a few less headaches. Park visitors can make purchases, fast-track services, check into parks, enter their hotel rooms and link to any pictures from the trip via the magic of M2M.
M2M is not secluded to theme parks, it can also save lives. A recent lawsuit against a trucking company illustrated a call for greater transparency and a few ways where the use of technology could have prevented a tragedy caused by a distracted trucker.
Platooning is a growing trend in the trucker industry that leverages telematics and M2M technology to saves lives, cost of gas and travel time. Another interesting development was Mercedes Benz unleashing its Future Truck 2025. The Future Truck virtually drives itself, with the ability to navigate stop-and-go traffic without driver intervention, avoid disabled vehicles and cruise at speeds of up to 85km/hr. The Highway Pilot autonomous driving system could prove to be a game-changer, once legislation allows it to go into action that is.
Sprint and Monnit announced a partnership to create a line wireless monitoring tools to aid in industrial and commercial operations. The initial offering is the MonnitLink Cellular Gateway model CGW3. The offering uses Sprint’s (News - Alert) wireless network to collect data and make it easily accessible as well. TMC’s Steve Anderson likened to solution a Reese’s peanut butter cup, “sensor chocolate and cellular peanut butter working together to form an impressive new whole,” and I can’t say that I disagree.
Also in the space this week, a new smart city is on the horizon. Águas de São Pedro, Brazil is the beneficiary of a Telfonica and IPSM partnership and set to become Brazil’s first smart city. The duo is expected to create various predictable and unpredictable benefits to the city’s residents—not to mention spur adoption across the country.
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