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TMCnet Machine to Machine Solutions Week in Review


September 22, 2012

By Rachel Ramsey, TMCnet Web Editor

The evolution of machines talking to other machines and successfully completing tasks without any human interaction may seem scary to some (see I, Robot.) The best way to ease this fear is to stay up to date on the latest happening in the industry! Here are the top machine to machine solutions stories this week.

The dream of many drivers--especially those who managed to watch Demolition Man--was the car that could drive itself to an intended destination with nothing more than an instruction from a human, who could then sit back quietly and relax as the car handled the driving. A recently released report from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE (News - Alert)) suggests that by 2040, thanks to the machine to machine (M2M) concept, most of our cars will be just that: driverless.

The IEEE report suggests that by the 2040 mark, three out of four cars on the road at any given time will not have drivers, but rather, will have human backup for an automatic driving system. 

Schlumberger (News - Alert) Water Services recently announced that the company combined advanced M2M communications modules from worldwide M2M communications provider Telit Wireless (News - Alert) Solutions’ with the Schlumberger Diver-NETZ system to help monitor the levels of groundwater for cities, mining applications and water boards all over the world. SWS develops, manages and protects water resources, while simultaneously providing solutions to both domestic and industrial water supplies.

Spireon is known for its suit of GPS technology-based Mobile Resource Management (MRM) and business intelligence solutions. Verizon (News - Alert) is known for its broad coverage, reliability, speed and performance. The two companies have now joined forces to deliver a new feet management solution, called FleetLocate. FleetLocate has been developed as a powerful, flexible and scalable information platform, designed to provide continuous real-time visibility for fleets of all sizes.

Also this week, Sierra Wireless (News - Alert), a company that specializes in offering mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions, has recently unveiled AirPrime SL9090, a multimode product joining to its award-winning AirPrime SL Series. The new multimode module product, AirPrime SL9090 is scheduled for commercial release in the fourth quarter of this year, offering device manufacturers the ability to operate on networks that use either HSPA+ or EV-DO cellular standards with a single product design.

Stay tuned each week to the machine to machine solutions community for the latest industry news, updates and resources in case we get news from the future via Will Smith or Wesley Snipes!

Want to learn more about M2M technologies? Don’t miss the M2M Evolution Conference, collocated with ITEXPO West 2012 taking place Oct. 2-5, in Austin, TX. Stay in touch with everything happening at M2M Evolution Conference. Follow us on Twitter.

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