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TMCnet Machine to Machine Solutions Week in Review


November 17, 2012

By Rachel Ramsey, TMCnet Web Editor

Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions wirelessly connect millions of diverse devices to a network, enabling two-way communication without human interaction. As technology continues to improve and advance, so do the machine to machine solutions and what companies can do with them.

While any competent electronics designer, whether a garage amateur or a fully-qualified electrical engineer, can solder together interesting devices out of off-the-shelf components, for controlling industrial processes, more specialized hardware is required. One engineering challenge is the growth of machine to machine communications. M2M involves connecting devices over cellular networks so that they can communicate with each other, building an “Internet of things.” More importantly, they allow human operators to see exactly what they’re doing. M2M is popular in industrial control and fleet tracking, among other applications.

Swisscom and Ericsson (News - Alert) have launched an international Machine to Machine innovation competition that gives M2M application developers a wonderful opportunity to get recognized in the booming market. With the increasing use of connected devices in diverse industries, such as car-to-car communication, telematics, infotainment and logistics, the M2M industry presents huge growth opportunities.

However, in order to realize its potentials to the fullest, service providers and operators must resolve the issues relating to global network coverage and reduce the roaming costs. To this end, the key industry players are committed to encouraging the development of M2M applications with more innovative functionalities. The “M2M Challenge” is expected to bring to the industry a range of innovative products based on Machine to Machine communication.

Also this week, while consumer electronics make up a large portion of global machine to machine use alongside telematics, according to a recent study from Juniper Research (News - Alert), there is still a huge industrial market which requires a fair amount of special attention. Indeed, many mobile devices that facilitate M2M communication need to function in specific extreme scenarios, such as on oil pipelines, in refrigerated trucks and on freighter ships.

In an effort to improve time-to-market for customers that are developing wireless solutions for the emerging “Internet of Things” and machine to machine markets, Zaragoza, Spain-based wireless sensor network hardware provider, Libelium, has completed the ThingWorx certification process for few of its products through the ThingWorx-Ready Program. ThingWorx’s brand platform is the industry’s first application development platform designed to reduce the effort required to build M2M solutions and sensor applications for the increasingly connected world.

To stay up to date on the latest news and trends in machine to machine solutions, be sure to visit the Machine to Machine Solutions community on TMCnet each week.

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