M2M EVOLUTION MAGAZINE

SECTIONS

Making Connections

OmegaDevCloud from RacoWireless to Simplify IoT and M2M Development
The Internet of Things is transforming the world before our very eyes as the infusion of connectivity allows objects to capture enormous amounts of intelligence and subsequently use this information to drive businesses to run more efficiently and allow consumers to have better lives. Today, applications like smart thermostats save consumers money while ensuring their comfort thanks to motion sensing and intelligence related to user preferences. - 11/13/2014

Navigating M2M

Is M2M Important to the Carrier? A Rant of Sorts…
Earlier this week, I was asked by someone if I would comment on "if M2M is important to carriers". This question comes up more often than I would expect. Oftentimes in meetings with hardware companies, they ask me if carriers are serious about M2M. In discussions with carriers, they themselves talk about the differences in ARPU between smartphone and M2M pricing. Distributors and systems integrators find themselves vexed by the question. And I don't even want to get into the discussions with software guys… - 11/13/2014

Caught in the Crossfire

Management Reorg May Cast Ellison in an Even More Important Role
The phrase "Shadow of the Leader" has been used to describe the personality impact of the leadership of a company on the products, style etc. When Walter Isaacson did his biography of Steve Jobs, he showed Steve's focus on design. By in large we can see that Tim Cook has been following that drive for great design, even if the iPhone6 resembles the Samsung Note. - 11/13/2014

The Internet of Things

When It Rains It Pours
The Internet of Things continues to pick up speed. In just the past couple months, and since we came out with our last issue of this magazine, such top-notch communications players as Cisco, GE, Microsoft, and Verizon have revealed interesting details about their work on, and some new collaborations around, IoT. - 11/13/2014

Making Connections

Everything We Know About Disruption is Wrong
People in the tech space generally accept the Innovator's Dilemma written by Clayton M. Christensen as fact - companies need to either disrupt or be disrupted. Jill Lepore, writing for The New Yorker Magazine, questions much of what is "accepted wisdom" or as Al Gore might call it, "settled science" in a well-researched and written piece debunking much of what techies have believed for decades. - 08/07/2014

Navigating M2M

What's Wrong with M2M and IoT
Recently I spoke during the breakfast keynote session at the 2014 Telecommunications Industry Association conference in Dallas. I went freestyle, walking that tightrope without a net - no slides to rely on, so no death by PowerPoint for the audience to endure. The topic of my talk was Let's Get Real and was a discussion of what's really going on in the market, drivers, inhibitors, challenges, and opportunities. And today, I'd like to put pen to paper and share some of that rant with you, the readers. While reading this, please ask yourself, am I part of the solution or part of the problem? - 08/07/2014

Caught in the Crossfire

Specialization: Who Will Maintain My Software?
Who is going to maintain my software in the future? You see, as more and more of our work becomes associated with software, I find it harder and harder to believe that I am going to know the right people to call to support my technical requirements in the future. - 08/07/2014

The Internet of Things

The Value of M2M
Cisco recently came out with its new Visual Networking Index. In this latest report, the company prognosticates that by 2018, there will be 21 billion global network connections, which translates to 2.7 connected devices for every person in the world. The company also expects that by 2018 there will be 7.3 billion machine-to-machine connections - about the same number as there are people on Earth. - 08/07/2014

Making Connections

Beware the Impending Drone Wars
Picture a speeding criminal on the run who discovers a police cruiser behind him with its lights flashing. The driver rolls down the window and gently lets go of a handheld drone capable of going quite fast and firing a gun. While driving, he uses a smartphone to maneuver the camera-equipped drone next to the tire of the police cruiser where it fires a single shot, which incapacitates the vehicle. - 05/29/2014

Navigating M2M

M2M in Retail - a View from One Marketplace
As I sat at the airport two weeks ago, waiting for my flight, I received a notice on my phone that my plane had been delayed by an hour. So I decided to go on a scavenger hunt of sorts. What better place than the airport to see M2M in action? - 05/29/2014

Caught in the Crossfire

Term Limits
Crossfire Media's parent company, Crossfire Consulting, does staff augmentation, which is IT terminology for gap analysis. A lot of the time, that has lead to trend awareness, where companies need to rapidly adopt and adapt to changes in the development of software. - 05/29/2014

The Internet of Things

Adds, Moves & Changes
My kid is going to a new school across town this fall, so we too are working to make a move. - 05/29/2014

The Internet of Things

Adds, Moves & Changes
Speaking of big moves, TMC's own Wearable Tech Conference & Expo III is making one as well. The event will be relocating to the Javits Convention Center in New York City. In this case, the move is an expansion due to attendee and vendor growth. - 05/21/2014

Caught in the Crossfire

Term Limits
Crossfire Media's parent company, Crossfire Consulting, does staff augmentation, which is IT terminology for gap analysis. A lot of the time, that has lead to trend awareness, where companies need to rapidly adopt and adapt to changes in the development of software. - 05/21/2014

Making Connections

Beware the Impending Drone Wars
Picture a speeding criminal on the run who discovers a police cruiser behind him with its lights flashing. The driver rolls down the window and gently lets go of a handheld drone capable of going quite fast and firing a gun. While driving, he uses a smartphone to maneuver the camera-equipped drone next to the tire of the police cruiser where it fires a single shot, which incapacitates the vehicle. - 05/21/2014

Navigating M2M

M2M in Retail - a View from One Marketplace
As I sat at the airport two weeks ago, waiting for my flight, I received a notice on my phone that my plane had been delayed by an hour. So I decided to go on a scavenger hunt of sorts. What better place than the airport to see M2M in action? - 05/21/2014

Making Connections

Wearable Tech Evolves Before Our Eyes
Just a few years back Corning wowed many with its Day Made of Glass video series, which envisioned a world in which every surface was intelligent thanks to its smart-glass solutions. Now, however, we see that augmented reality in many ways alleviates the need to add glass to every surface with which we come in contact. - 01/17/2014

M2M Transcendent

Is Wearable Technology for Real? Here Are Some Answers for 2014
The entertainment industry also is heavily moving into wearable tech. And fashion will become intimately related with WT. This will become very real in 2014. The former CEO of Burberry and the former head designer of Yves St. Laurent are at Apple now. - 01/17/2014

Navigating M2M

CES Revs Up the Connected Car Space
Granted, you won't drive this to work, it is more for riding around a golf course or in Florida by folks older than I am. But it could be ideal for those who are too old to drive and who are too drunk to drive a golf cart. You know who you are. The Navia is from France and while it isn't the sexiest or fastest electric car, it is likely the smartest. And while it is really more like a shuttle, it starts us down a road where we can nap while driving. I'm pretty sure there are a ton of people already doing this, but at least with this car they won't end up in my trunk. - 01/17/2014

Caught in the Crossfire

There's No Such Thing as Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
With Raspberry Pi and Arduino the story doesn't end with the hobbyists, because engineers are taking advantage of these solutions to deliver rapid prototyped solutions. Gemalto's concept board is a case in point where Arduino offers the flexibility to experiment. In addition to the ease of development comes the use of the cloud and APIs that support RESTful and JavaScript. JavaScript has become the lingua franca between client and cloud these days. This means that web developers are in a position to join the ranks of C developers with the same level of confidence and probably a leg up on user interface concerns. - 01/17/2014

The Internet of Things

Happy New Year!
The M2M Evolution magazine team looks forward to bringing you, and working with you, to provide news, updates and analysis about where M2M is, where it's heading, and what we need to do to keep it moving forward. M2M Evolution magazine's distinguished advisory board, TMC CEO Rich Tehrani and myself, and our partners Carl Ford of Crossfire Media and James Brehm of Compass Intelligence will all continue to act as resources for our readership and the M2M industry, and we welcome you to contact us with comments and story ideas. - 01/17/2014

M2M Transcendent

Tattoo Goo
"Optionally, the electronic skin tattoo 200 can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user. It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual." - 12/26/2013

Navigating M2M

Reducing Friction to Enable a New Machine Economy
The Industrial Internet is about combining asset optimization and operations optimization. It's about how you make the asset run better and by doing that, make the enterprise run better and more productively. It's about eliminating unplanned downtime and having better asset utilization. It's about ensuring that assets don't fail by ensuring you're able to do predictive maintenance, have better scheduling of resources, better scheduling of workers, and more. All of these things improve an enterprise's efficiency and productivity, cut energy use and waste, and ultimately foster a new wave of innovation. - 12/26/2013

Caught in the Crossfire

Finding Shakespeare
Open Source is a great aid in development, and it is definitely the cheapest way to do quality assurance, but often the lack of interest in the community can be misinterpreted as tested code and a version release can include code as GA that has never been used. Crowdsourcing in theory can be an answer, but once again the meritocracy can be thwarted by apathy. - 12/26/2013

The Internet of Things

M2M's Chicken-and-Egg Problem
Indeed, IMS Research in October released a report indicating the consumer medical devices market will be worth $10.6 billion by 2017. It attributed the expected growth to the aging population, in addition to government initiatives for preventative care, and an increase in cardiovascular disease. - 12/26/2013

Making Connections

Fashion and International Intrigue
Many believe wearable technology will do to tablets and smartphones what it did to laptops and PCs. There is certainly a high probability that, at a minimum, today's mobile devices will lose large amounts of share to computers you wear. - 09/05/2013

M2M Transcendent

Wearable Technology and the Longer Term View for M2M
Since late last year I have had a laser focus on the wearable technology space. As the conference chair for TMC's Wearable Technology Expo and Conference I had the uniquely interesting challenge of assembling a world-class collection of wearable tech speakers and building a conference program around them. - 09/05/2013

Navigating M2M

When's the Rollup Going to Happen?
It's been said that we've entered an era where every device that can benefit from being connected will be connected to the Internet and/or other devices and that this hyper-connectivity will propel society into new ways of interacting with the world around us. - 09/05/2013

Caught in the Crossfire

What Can Brown Fields Do for You?
My apologies to UPS for the liberties I have taken in modifying its slogan to suit my needs in the following piece. It couldn't be helped. - 09/05/2013

The Internet of Things

What's Driving On-Board Diagnostics
Fewer than 10 percent of new cars are machine-to-machine ready, but by 2020 90 percent of the vehicles that roll off the production line will be M2M capable. That's according to Machina Research, which recently did a study sponsored by Telefonica Digital on the matter. - 09/05/2013

M2M TRANSCENDENT

GainSpan Drives First SoC Combining Wi-Fi and ZigBee IP
That Wi-Fi capability is critical for IoT, but recently GainSpan - at least in my humble opinion - significantly raised the IoT bar with the introduction of a next generation SoC, the GS2000, which adds important integrated ZigBee IP support to its communication capabilities. The GS2000 is now available for sampling, and full production of the GS2000 is slated for later this year. It is an accomplishment that, as far as I am concerned, clearly qualifies as an M2M transcendent event. - 05/17/2013

THE INTERNET OF THINGS

Big Data, Little Data, You, Me and We
Today you still have a human being on the other side of M2M who is going to do something with that data, says Niels Helkov, vice president of e-Health and M2M Americas at Orange Business Services, but not too far down the road, machines will start talking to other machines and making decisions, even without human intervention. - 05/17/2013

NAVIGATING M2M

Operational Mapping in M2M: Challenges in Getting the Most out of Big Data
If you remember my column from last issue, we did a survey early last year where just more than 7,000 IT decision makers that were utilizing technology responded. Just 6 percent told us they were actually utilizing M2M; 8 percent told us they knew exactly what the term M2M was. But when we asked things another way, 18 percent had deployed some sort of M2M solution. More people thought it was "mobile to market" than "machine to machine". People just didn't know what it is. - 05/17/2013

MAKING CONNECTIONS

The Rein of M2M
M2M has a connection to digital signage; the emerging role of back-office systems in business success; energy management; facilities management; health care; smart buildings, both commercial and residential; mobile workforce management; point-of-sale and vending; safety and security; social machines; and any kind of asset management - even when those assets are trees in the Amazon rainforest. - 05/17/2013

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE

Selling Picks During the Gold Rush
We have talked about the fact M2M has a lot M&A opportunities. In the case of many of these sites, I think the only roll up that can be done is making them part of a multi-level marketing play. Really there are legions of companies offering bar codes and only a few of them have embraced RFID, NFC or even 3D barcodes. - 05/17/2013

Making Connections

We Are All Connected - And, Increasingly, Our Stuff is Too
I'm at the CES show as I write this, and machine-to-machine solutions are out in full force here in Las Vegas. This reflects the fact that the world is becoming increasingly connected. Not only are we tied to one another and a wide array of media via our computers and phones, but - more and more - our other appliances, businesses, homes, vehicles and, in some situations, even our sensor-equipped bodies - are becoming connected. - 02/28/2013

Making M2M Work

How Are We Going to Make M2M and IoT Work?
Much sweat and toil is going into the technical requirements to make M2M and the Internet of things work. Voted on applied standards; percolated best practice standards; negotiated 'co-operative' standards are all good and valuable work. - 02/28/2013

Advisory Board

Catching the M2M Wave
Having essentially been in the machine-to-machine business since its inception, it is amazing to see where we have come from. Like watching a small ripple in the ocean grow to become a powerful wave, the Internet of things has been building at a breakneck speed to bring things and people together. Many experts expect the momentum of the M2M wave to even accelerate its rate of growth and coverage. With this industry growth we are seeing some advanced innovations that touch almost every part of life. - 02/27/2013

Advisory Board

4G LTE Enables Richer M2M Experiences
In this inaugural edition of M2M Evolution, it's appropriate to note that the word evolution is a fitting way to describe the past, present and future of machine-to-machine communications. To appreciate how fast things will change in the future, it's helpful to understand the past. - 02/27/2013

Advisory Board

The Path to Rapid Innovation via Connected Products
The world is rapidly moving to connected products. Companies are leveraging the data and intelligence from these connected products to create smarter business processes that will transform their businesses and drive improvements in efficiencies and effectiveness. - 02/27/2013

M2M Transcendent

Finding Meaning
There is a very fine reason why TMC is embarking on the path of a new machine-to-machine magazine: M2M Evolution is all about a now vital technology, especially from the perspective of wireless and mobile technology, an area I happen to be intimately familiar with, having covered the mobile realm for well over a decade. M2M is at a critical point in its existence, but I think it has moved beyond evolution -- in fact, I consider it a transcendent moment in time for M2M, hence the name of this column. - 02/27/2013

Navigating M2M

The Unwired Experience
Thanks for joining me with the first installment of my column in this, the inaugural issue of M2M Evolution magazine. If you've ever met me or seen me speak at a conference, you already know what those whom I haven't yet met will soon know. While I try to utilize empirical information in my decision making process, I can be fairly opinionated at times and sometimes have trouble holding my tongue. But there's never any malice in my utterances. I'm just a call it like you see it kind of guy. - 02/27/2013

Caught in the Crossfire

Fleet of Foot
Some VCs and M&A types have been hanging out with our friends in the M2M space looking to see if the time is right for consolidation. Looking at fleet management and the 150 companies I found (so far), I have been seeing opportunity for a lot of consolidation. I have also seen a segmented market. - 02/27/2013

The Internet of Things

Welcome to the M2M Evolution
Hello! You are holding in your hands (or reading online) the inaugural issue of M2M Evolution magazine. M2M Evolution magazine is committed to helping executives like you understand and benefit from the shift to connected devices. - 02/27/2013