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TMCnet Machine to Machine Solutions Week in Review


September 29, 2012

By Rachel Ramsey, TMCnet Web Editor

The Machine to Machine (M2M) market is diverse and with the wide adoption of cellular technology, M2M technology is available to organizations all over the world. Every week, machine to machine solutions continue to change our everyday lives. Here are the top industry stories from this week.

Realizing the growth potential of M2M connectivity services market,Microspace Communications (News - Alert), a satellite-based content delivery provider, has just framed a new partnership with Cradlepoint, Modus Group and Premier Wireless- a win-win situation for all four companies! This collaboration will offer reliable and cost effective option for multisite networks. Modus Group and Premier Wireless provide M2M cellular network connectivity and support while Cradlepoint provides high quality, low cost cellular hardware devices.

IBM (News - Alert) and Vodafone recently announced that they have collaborated in effort to create a remote management solution for 'smart home' appliances. This solution leverages mobile communications and cloud computing for true mobility. The two companies demonstrated the solution at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, managing a washing machine and other smart home devices remotely. These smart devices were connected by Vodafone's Global Machine to Machine platform running on IBM's new SmartCloud Service Delivery Platform.

UK mobile operator EE is looking to utilize the “massive opportunity” that is being presented by the escalating machine to machine market. With more than 30 million customers, over 15,000 employees and more than 700 stores across the country, EE is UK's largest communications company, running two of Britain's brands, Orange (News - Alert) and T-Mobile. With mobile handset penetration exceeding 100 percent in many markets and voice revenue declining, the M2M market is seen as the next new growth opportunity for operators. EE’s Overton is optimistic that the sector can drive future revenue.

In order to improve on the services delivered to customers, Numerex has adopted Monnit’s wireless gateway application. The agreement giving rise to this amalgamation will allow Numerex (News - Alert) to augment its already existent Machine to Machine (M2M) gateways with Monnit’s broad line cheap wireless sensors, hence economically improving on the quality of services delivered to the client. Numerex will benefit from Monnit’s current stock of more than thirty different types of sensors whose purpose is to detect and monitor various statuses that are important to production management in any business or company. These will include water temperature, humidity and movement among many other changes.

Despite these exciting M2M announcements, Informa (News - Alert) Telecoms & Media published a report on the M2M market and the results of this market segment were not encouraging. Machine to Machine connections were up 22 percent last year, but still only represent a fraction of ‘human’ mobile network connections, according to the report. M2M revenue represents just 0.5 percent of mobile operator service revenue. The report says that M2M growth is far more behind the industry’s expectations, with 132 million mobile connections in June and $5.68 billion revenue generated in the previous 12 months.

Stay tuned to the Machine to Machine solutions community on TMCnet each week for the latest industry news, trends and resources!

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