With nearly nine billion devices connected to the Internet, Machine to Machine (M2M) communication and the Internet of Things is only to continue to boom in growth. More companies and industries are turning to machine to machine solutions to enable real-time data communication between remote machines and central management applications to enhance the value of the remote device to its user. Here are the top stories from the machine to machine solutions community on TMCnet this week.
Beating Ford into second place and Toyota into third, General Motors (News - Alert) has topped a new ranking of OEM safety and security telematics vendors. In a Competitive Assessment carried out by ABI Research, the company’s OnStar solution was ranked number one. General Motors was scored highly by ABI for its range of OnStar features, as well as its market share, quality and reliability. In terms of regional coverage, market share, pricing and smartphone integration, Ford fared well, while Toyota performed strongly on open platforms and ecosystem partnerships.
Noting that a standard designed specifically for short to mid-range machine communications within white space is needed, Weightless, an organization that helps foster the development of a new communications standard to increase the efficiency of Machine to Machine communications, announced the formation of a new Special Interest Group (SIG), a move that has received strong traction among industry players.
The formation of SIG is seen as a major step in building a new communications global standard for M2M and Internet of Things (IoT). ARM, Cable&Wireless Worldwide, CSR (News - Alert) and Neul have signed the “SIG Promoter Agreement.”
Ericsson, a global provider of communications technology and services based in Sweden, recently entered into a strategic agreement with MegaFon (News - Alert), a major Russian telecommunications provider. As part of the agreement, MegaFon will use Ericsson's Device Connection Platform to manage enterprise connected devices and machines. Ericsson (News - Alert) has previously stated that M2M communications in any number of scenarios — utility meters, alarms, cars, buses and trucks, as well as any number of consumer devices — will be widely used by both consumers and enterprises in the near future.
Also this week, FreeWave Technologies has won M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award from TMC (News - Alert) and Crossfire Media. The FreeWave MM2 radio has been created to offer the performance, dependability and quality its users have come to know and expect in its products, in a MM2 “Mega-Mini” form factor for applications where space is at a premium. Suited for OEM applications, the company’s OEM product, the FreeWave radio, has all of the functionality of the larger footprint FGR Series of radios.
Those are some of the top stories in the M2M space this week. Tune in to the machine to machine solutions community on TMCnet for the latest industry news, trends and resources each week.