Machine to machine (M2M) connectivity still holds a major place in our lives. With more uses for such technology cropping up at home and at work, and even in the places that appear between those two all too important functions of life, the need to have a handle on just what to do with this technology becomes all the more important. Now that we've got a weekend to work with, it's a good time to step back and consider the biggest events in the M2M week with our Week in Review coverage!
First, we had a look at Inmarsat, who joined the International M2M Council (IMC). The IMC is devoted to fostering those important developments that allow machines to better connect to other machines, and to increase the overall deployments in M2M by better establishing the business case for the Internet of Things (IoT). Inmarsat will be particularly welcome for its satellite connectivity provisions, including offerings from firms like Iridium (News - Alert) and Orbcomm.
Next, we had a look at Audi and AT&T's work together in the connected car field, and how AT&T was ready to offer two new data plans aimed at getting the car better connected. The two data plans in question offer five gigabytes of 4G LTE (News - Alert) connectivity over six months for $99, or 30 gigabytes over 30 months for $499. Users can subsequently get access to e-mail alerts that notify the user when the limits are approached, and will even have the option to add a car to a standard AT&T (News - Alert) Mobile Share plan.
We then had a look at a much broader concept, the idea of how to best build connectivity in a business. Those who best understand the nature of these changes will have the best chance of success with these new tools and the opportunities represented by same. A new webinar entitled “Connected Business Transformation for the Internet of Things” will help provide needed insight as AT&T senior manager for the M2M Center of Excellence Mallie Preston details just what points should be considered in bringing connectivity to the business.
Then we got a report from Research and Markets, where a new study was showing us just how important M2M was to the future, particularly in Australia. The study suggested that 2014 might best be described as the Year of the Internet of Things, with growth expected to reach between 25 million and 50 million connected M2M devices by 2020 alone. Many ICT firms are set to expand into Australia, and this will provide quite a bit of new development, further driving the “year of” classification.
Finally, we took a look at a new development from Fujitsu. Described as an “industry first,” the company has brought together both system architecture and operations together with changes in service conditions to bring us a complete distributed service platform technology. Not only does this reduce the amount of time required to install such a system, it also allows for significant improvements in overall operations and increased efficiency in terms of managing large amounts of communication traffic.
That was the week that was in machine to machine solutions, and it was quite clear that there's a lot of growth in this area that has yet to be realized, even considering how far as it's come already. Our global online community was constantly on the hunt for fresh news in the field, so be sure to come back next week for all the latest news on this rapidly-developing front, and every weekend as well for our Week in Review coverage!