M2M EVOLUTION MAGAZINE

Features

The Hot List

Stream Shakes Things Up with its Subscriber Management Platform
Stream Technologies is a privately owned company, headquartered in Canary Wharf, London, with regional offices in San Jose, Singapore and Vancouver, as well as an M2M Tech Lab and in-house technical developer, support and infrastructure design team based in Glasgow, Scotland. The company is a leading innovator in the IoT space, operating as a specialist cellular and satellite MVNO, but is also fast gaining recognition for IoT-X, its platform as a service for wireless carriers and operators of low power radio, cellular, and satellite services. IoT-X is a connectivity enablement management and billing platform designed from the ground up for the M2M and IoT sectors. - 11/13/2014

Strategic Solution Series

Homegrown M2M Platform Enables Vodafone to Be More Responsive
Vodafone is the leading player in the M2M space. Vodafone shipped 17.5 million SIMs for M2M customers globally in total. At the heart of every M2M solution it offers is the Vodafone Global M2M Platform, which is a powerful self-service delivery and management tool based on patented technology. - 11/13/2014

Boardroom Report

Big Things Are Brewing, Stay Thirsty My Friends
This is one of those rare moments when I am under an embargo on a number of activities going on in the market. So without revealing what I know, let me tell you what you need to discuss in your own boardrooms. - 11/13/2014

Endpoints

Mixed Fleet Telematics Standard to Drive More Connections in Heavy Equipment
The Association of Equipment Management Professionals and Association of Equipment Manufacturers recently collaborated to produce a new industry-wide standard to provide end users with more OEM equipment data and easier access. This telematics standard is targeted to end users, including contractors, fleet managers, rental managers, and dealers/distributors, as well as OEMs focused on construction and industrial heavy equipment. - 11/13/2014

Edit Series

And the Winner is………..AT&T Fast Pitch 2014
As the Internet of Things continues to grow, reinventing and connecting the world like never before, businesses have adopted more flexible platforms for sharing ideas with entrepreneurs, developers, and enthusiasts. Collaboration and an open venue for makers and idea-driven catalysts are critical for fostering new ideas and forging new solutions. AT&T has taken the lead on this approach to new technology development. It has focused on maximizing opportunities for innovations by launching a number of initiatives including hackathons, fast pitch competitions, and creating Foundry Innovation Centers. - 11/13/2014

The Hot List

Remote Monitoring and Management
It's always helpful and cumbersome to categorize "things" in broad categories. On the one hand, it helps to compare and contrast features. On the other hand, it has a tendency to lose details and mask individual features. The next M2M Evolution will be broken down into two tracks addressing things that are in motion and things that are at rest. However, the category of remote monitoring and management points out that all the things at rest are normally there to track flow (a.k.a. motion). Worse yet, we have degrees of at rest. For example, remote patient monitoring is generally for patients to return home; however, it depends on the level of severity of the illness and the amount of rest involved. - 11/13/2014

Roundup

Telematics
Most car manufacturers now offer telematics in at least their high-end models, and there are 15 million to 16 million connected cars on the road in the U.S. today, says Dominique Bonte of ABI Research, as discussed in the last issue of this magazine. That's not even 10 percent penetration, he adds, which means telematics has a good long runway ahead of it. - 11/13/2014

Cover Story

Get into the M2M Mentality: Stay Focused and Informed, and Collaborate to Push Innovation
Machine-to-machine communications and technologies have pushed businesses to examine their processes, look for ways to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and to increase profits through innovation and collaboration. But, in an age of increasing entrepreneurship and diversity, many small businesses and start ups struggle with staying focused. - 11/13/2014

The Hot List

The Fog Computing Hot List
When you think of it, the concept of fog computing is very logical. Anyone who has been around IT has seen the trends go from centralized to distributed in a variety of ways, from mainframes to personal computers, from cluster to Hadoop, etc. So the concept of a fog, though maybe not the most market friendly term, helps to bring the concept of the cloud to something that is nearby. - 08/07/2014

Boardroom Report

California Dreamin'
The term learning your ABCs has had a definite change in meaning over the years in IT. Where IT used to be, no one ever got fired for choosing IBM. But it turned into a Cisco world as they emulated terminals and everything else to migrate to the Internet. The term ABC came to mean "Anyone But Cisco" in the late 1990s; however, it's rare that Cisco faces much competition these days. And Cisco, like so many other companies, is a product of California. - 08/07/2014

Network

M2M in Action: How One Company is Leveraging M2M to Let the Credit-Challenged Buy Cars
CallPass leverages GPS technology to provide customers with around-the-clock access to real-time vehicle location information. It has more than 8,000 customers, including dealerships and financial organizations using hundreds of thousands of QUICK GPS tracking devices. Inside every QUICK device is a RacoWireless SIM card communicating with the iGotcha platform, tracking the location of the vehicle and keeping an accurate history. - 08/07/2014

Roundup

BI and Social Machines
Business intelligence and social machines are the focus of this issue's Roundup. Roundups are buyer's guide-style articles that M2M Evolution magazine added to its editorial lineup this year. Here are the submissions we received for this issue's Roundup on business intelligence and social machine solutions in the M2M space. - 08/07/2014

Network

Dell's Boomi M2M Play
Dell, which like LogMeIn is a company with roots in the PC space, is now pushing the use of its Boomi platform for M2M applications. The move is part of Dell's strategy to become more of a software solutions provider, Michael Morton, CTO of Dell Boomi, tells M2M Evolution magazine. - 08/07/2014

Network

The Role That Open Source Can Play in M2M Development
Leveraging open source software can deliver significant returns for engineering efforts, and machine-to-machine initiatives are no exception. That's the word from Olivier Beaujard, vice president of market development at Sierra Wireless, whose M2M devices and cloud services are in use in 80 networks globally. - 08/07/2014

Endpoints

Vroom Vroom: Telematics Motoring Toward Mass Market Adoption
Telematics used to be a term the telephone companies used to describe applications involving any equipment that was outfitted with connectivity capabilities. The favorite example was a connected soda pop machine that could tell a remotely located computer when it needed to be restocked with, say, Dr. Pepper. Today, however, the term telematics is used to describe various applications in the connected vehicle space. And, as it turns out, this newer variety of telematics is even more effervescent. - 08/07/2014

Strategic Solutions Series

The GetWireless Advantage: VAD Differentiates with Broad Portfolio of Products, Packaged Solutions & Support
GetWireless is a value-added distributor of cellular-based solutions. It prides itself on its experience, integrity, and knowledge, all of which the company says enables it to provide an unmatched level of customer service. M2M Evolution magazine recently spoke with GetWireless CEO Brian Taney to get the details. - 08/07/2014

Network

M2M Platforms: How They Are Evolving, and Accelerating Time-to-Market
The machine-to-machine platform space has been on a rollercoaster ride since its inception a few years back. The market started small, ramped up quickly as an array of organizations moved into this space, consolidated some due to mergers and acquisitions, and now is revving up again as new and existing players bring next-generation M2M solutions to market. - 08/07/2014

Endpoints

Fog Rises to Bring More Local Intelligence to M2M
We're all familiar with the rise of cloud computing. Now, a new layer of networking is developing in the form of fog computing. - 08/07/2014

Edit Series

Accelerating IoT - Creation of the Industrial Internet Consortium
The physical and digital worlds are colliding as we've entered an era in which every machine and device can benefit from being connected to other machines and devices, analytics, the Internet, and people at work. This hyper-connectivity is not just being harnessed by individuals with tablets and smartphones. It is being harnessed by enterprises and industrial organizations and will enable vast leaps in productivity and innovation while propelling society into new ways of interacting with the world around us. - 08/07/2014

Endpoints

The Care & Feeding of M2M: Keeping the Sensors Healthy
M2M sensors are used to gather data about equipment and products like food and medicine all over the world in an effort to ensure those assets are secure, unspoiled, and working properly. But who's keeping tabs on the health and wellness of the M2M sensors themselves? If you have or are considering implementing an M2M solution, this is one of the questions for which you probably should have the answer. - 08/07/2014

Strategic Solution Series

The Power of One: Vodafone Pulls It All Together to Make M2M Work
Vodafone, a mobile carrier established in 1984, is now the world's second largest carrier and a leading player in the M2M space. The service provider currently has equity interests in more than 30 countries across five continents, and 20 years experience offering M2M solutions. - 08/07/2014

Cover Story

Make It Work: AT&T Helps Organizations Get More Productive with M2M
AT&T is arguably the best-known name in telecommunications, so when an important new market takes shape on the communications landscape, you can be sure the company is there to lead the way. That said, it should come as no surprise that AT&T is a leading player in the quickly expanding machine-to-machine arena. - 08/07/2014

Cover Story

Selling Point: New Developments in PoS
New trends in networking are proving to be both a blessing and a curse for retail point of sale. - 05/29/2014

Edit Series

Systech Reduces Costs, Enhances Services with M2M
M2M Evolution magazine recently caught up with Robert Lutz, director of product management and business development at Systech Corp., who provided an update on the company and his thoughts on the machine-to-machine space. - 05/29/2014

Boardroom Report

The State of M2M Investment
California is a venture market unto itself. It takes a special logic to invest billions for software like Facebook's WhatsApp and millions for hardware like Facebook's Titan Aerospace. - 05/29/2014

The Hot List

Hot Companies & Trends in the Point of Sale Arena
When I research The Hot List, the goal is always to give a sampling for readers to get a head start on their research about something that is not being covered in the press. In this case the problems with point of sale terminals being infected at Target and Niemen Marcus has made for a lot of press coverage. - 05/29/2014

Endpoints

Takin' It to The Streets: YESCO Brings Digital Signage to the World's Largest Venues
Think about big impact signs, and places like the Las Vegas Strip, Times Square, and Piccadilly Circus come to mind. YESCO is the company responsible for the digital signage in a couple of these iconic locations. Considering the size of these venues, two out of three ain't bad. - 05/29/2014

Endpoints

Sign Here: The Latest & Greatest in Digital Signage
The value of digital signage is large and growing. - 05/29/2014

Roundup

Retail Solutions
Retail solutions that leverage M2M technology is the focus of this issue's roundup. - 05/29/2014

Strategic Solutions Series

Q&A Session with AT&T's Mike Troiano
There are more than 16 million - and growing - wirelessly connected machines on the AT&T network. That's more than any other U.S. carrier. Over the past few years, AT&T has been the U.S. cellular M2M market share leader with nearly half of all connected devices, according to Berg Insight's October 2013 study "The Global Wireless M2M Market 2013". M2M Evolution magazine recently spoke to Mike Troiano, vice president of advanced mobility solutions at AT&T Business Solutions, to learn more. - 05/29/2014

Edit Series

Systech Reduces Costs, Enhances Services with M2M
M2M Evolution magazine recently caught up with Robert Lutz, director of product management and business development at Systech Corp., who provided an update on the company and his thoughts on the machine-to-machine space. - 05/21/2014

Boardroom Report

The State of M2M Investment
California is a venture market unto itself. It takes a special logic to invest billions for software like Facebook's WhatsApp and millions for hardware like Facebook's Titan Aerospace. - 05/21/2014

The Hot List

Hot Companies & Trends in the Point of Sale Arena
When I research The Hot List, the goal is always to give a sampling for readers to get a head start on their research about something that is not being covered in the press. In this case the problems with point of sale terminals being infected at Target and Niemen Marcus has made for a lot of press coverage. - 05/21/2014

Endpoints

Takin' It to The Streets: YESCO Brings Digital Signage to the World's Largest Venues
Think about big impact signs, and places like the Las Vegas Strip, Times Square, and Piccadilly Circus come to mind. YESCO is the company responsible for the digital signage in a couple of these iconic locations. Considering the size of these venues, two out of three ain't bad. - 05/21/2014

Endpoints

Sign Here: The Latest & Greatest in Digital Signage
In terms of market size, digital signage is worth between $4 billion and $5 billion globally, and $1.6 billion and $1.8 billion in the U.S., says Chris Riegel, CEO of Stratacache. And analysts expect the digital signage space in North America and Western Europe - which currently ship in the low tens of millions of units per year - to double annually in each of the next three years, he says. From an individual business perspective, a digital sign's value lies in its ability to drive a sale. - 05/21/2014

Roundup

Retail Solutions Roundup
Each issue we invite companies in a given M2M space to submit short summaries about their offerings. Retail solutions that leverage M2M technology is the focus of this issue's roundup. - 05/21/2014

Q&A Session with AT&T's Mike Troiano
There are more than 16 million - and growing - wirelessly connected machines on the AT&T network. That's more than any other U.S. carrier. Over the past few years, AT&T has been the U.S. cellular M2M market share leader with nearly half of all connected devices, according to Berg Insight's October 2013 study "The Global Wireless M2M Market 2013". M2M Evolution magazine recently spoke to Mike Troiano, vice president of advanced mobility solutions at AT&T Business Solutions, to learn more. - 05/21/2014

Cover Story

Selling Point New Developments in PoS
On the up side, mobile point-of-sale solutions like the one popularized by Square are giving businesses the ability to do transactions pretty much wherever they are - whether a sales person is on the floor, a cab driver wants to accept a payment within his vehicle, or a rep is otherwise on the move. And the rise of the smartphone means consumers are always connected, which provides great new customer service and promotional opportunities for storeowners and brands, and the possibility that these consumers can leverage their wireless devices to purchase goods or services. - 05/21/2014

Advisory Board

There's a Bright Future Ahead for Connected Machines
With M2M technology growing at such a rapid pace, we're able to recognize how connected machines can provide capabilities to businesses across a number of different verticals. Technology developers are already enhancing existing M2M solutions in industries like fleet management, utilities, heavy equipment, asset tracking and construction. As devices get smarter, integration tools become easier to use, networks get faster, and applications and data become more secure, we can expect companies in a variety of different markets to embrace connected devices. Our 2014 predictions illustrate not only how far we've come in the M2M space, but where we are headed next and how quickly we can get there. - 01/17/2014

Advisory Board

Satellites in M2M - Creating Seamless Global Connectivity
2014 should bring more satellite deployments, devices, and partnerships across the M2M ecosystem. However, regardless of satellite, cellular or other forms of M2M connectivity, both M2M solution providers and their customers must continue to step back and weigh the demands of their M2M solution, matching it with the most cost-effective, efficient and reliable network option. Experienced M2M network providers are still the best first step in navigating this often-confusing landscape. - 01/17/2014

Advisory Board

Reducing the Complexities of M2M
Whether you call it M2M, M2B or The Internet of Things, now is the time to start listening to what your devices have to say. Cost and complexity are decreasing as more and more companies realize the transformative value of connecting their machines to the enterprise. - 01/17/2014

Advisory Board

Visa, MasterCard or AmEx? Credit Cards in the World of M2M
Achieving compliance is not an easy process, and is fraught with several customer pain points. Many merchants do not have in-house expertise to deal with what can be a confusing and intimidating process. Additionally, the process for obtaining and maintaining PCI compliance can be expensive and burdensome. Although it can be a difficult process, the penalties for non-compliance and liability for data breaches are too significant to ignore. - 01/17/2014

Boardroom Report

2014: The Year of New M2M Services
In the boardroom then the financials are going to smooth out on the expense side and the focus will be on revenues. However, as the execs hear about their development, projections and pipeline, they may want to ask where they can offer services. - 01/17/2014

The Hot List

The Embedded System Hot List
The primary reason for using embedded systems is to match requirements for performance and scalability. While general computing systems deliver flexibility, the goal of embedded systems is to limit the process to optimize the size, cost, energy consumption and reliability. In M2M this is often associated with sensors of various kinds. - 01/17/2014

Endpoints

What's New in Connected Cars
Research firm HIS expects self-driving cars including driver control to hit highways around the globe before 2025 and self-driving "only" cars to appear in the 2030 time frame. HIS expects nearly 54 million self-driving cars on the road worldwide by 2035. - 01/17/2014

Endpoints

Asset Sharing & the On-Demand Movement: How Connectivity is Enabling People to Be More Efficient Consumers
It estimates that 200,000 people make the rural to urban migration daily, and note that more than 90 percent of this migration is happening in developing countries. A 2012 McKinsey & Co. report, meanwhile, notes that large U.S. cities are home to 80 percent of the U.S. population compared with less than 60 percent in Western Europe. - 01/17/2014

Network

Superhub Enables Sustainable, User-centric Urban Mobility
The European SUPERHUB consortium is led by GFI ADELIOR NV. Participants include Diesis, CREATE-NET, Fondazione Legambiente, VODAFONE, ETRA I&D, the University of Aberdeen, Barcelona City Council, the Czech Transport Research Centre, the University of Helsinki, the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona Digital Technology Centre, the Czech Technical University in Prague, the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Authority, Autoguidovie, Accanto Systems, Game2Growth, eXrade and Azienda Trasporti Milanesi. - 01/17/2014

Network

Smart Buildings, Smart Cities: How M2M Is Being Used for the Greater Good
Other companies offering smart building solutions include Enlighted, which develops office building sensors that sense when and where exactly in rooms people are, and adjusts the full light/heating conditions of individual parts of the room accordingly; EnTouch, which offers an energy management system to reduce energy usage through data analytics, performance diagnostics and managed services; and McKenney's, an in-building automation and security outfit in the Southeast that leverages Splunk software that analyzes all of the machine data generated by buildings to improve the operations and security of things like air conditioners, elevators, light switches, and security doors. - 01/17/2014

Cover Story

Platform for Change: New Leaders Position Multi-Tech for Innovation, Responsiveness, Growth
The manufacturing floor at Multi-Tech Systems Inc. was buzzing like Santa's workshop in December. That was the message conveyed by CEO Rod Landers in an interview with M2M Evolution magazine just before the holidays. OK, he didn't say it quite that way, but you get the picture. - 01/17/2014

Year in Review & Forecast

Great Expectations: M2M Continues to Advance Optimization, Quality of Life
Global M2M cellular connections are forecast to hit the 374.9 million mark by 2017, expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 26.5 percent from 91.4 million in 2011, according to research firm IHS. Berg Insight, meanwhile, forecasts that M2M devices with cellular connectivity will increase by 22 percent this year to reach 164.5 million in emerging markets, and estimates that M2M connections will grow at a CAGR of 24.4 percent with 489.9 million connections in 2018. And Analysys Mason says the M2M market will be worth $88 billion in the next 10 years. - 12/26/2013

Year in Review & Forecast

2013: A Year of M2M Consolidation
A month later, On-Ramp Wireless announced it had raised an additional $15 million in its Series C funding round from a new and existing investors. The new investor is Enbridge, which deals in the delivery of energy in North America. Existing investors include Third Wave Ventures and Energy Technology Ventures - a GE Ventures, NRG Energy, ConocoPhillips joint venture. - 12/26/2013

Endpoints

How to Decide on the Right Security Solution for Your M2M Application
On the other hand, a payment application requires a more sophisticated M2M gateway that can support the strongest possible encryption and transmit that data via a secure VPN. For applications that require maximum security, enterprises may prefer to use a private access point name network that contains only authorized devices in the application (i.e., no other devices use the network), and that does not connect to the Internet but links only with the M2M cloud via a VPN. - 12/26/2013

Endpoints

Advances in M2M Networking Yield Positives and Potential Pitfalls for 2014
As more M2M connections take advantage of 4G LTE's reach and bandwidth, it will be important to develop applications that know when to turn themselves on and off. It won't always make sense, for example, to burn through a cellular data plan by maintaining a 24/7 connection for a video feed. There will be plenty of diagnostic and remote monitoring applications that should only transmit video when there is something of value to report. - 12/26/2013

Network

M2M Shouldn't Be DIY
Many other industries - such as IT - have major systems integrators such as Accenture to free the rest of the ecosystem and end users from having to cobble together a solution. They're notably absent from the M2M industry for the same reason why they're needed: fragmentation. Systems integrators have the skills to create market-ready solutions, but fragmentation makes that task expensive and time-consuming. As a result, although M2M is a revenue opportunity for them, every project is custom. - 12/26/2013

The Hot List

Near Field Communications: The Point of Sale is Somewhere in Between
Credit cards feel safe because the creditor minimizes the impact on the customer leaving the vendor/seller with the liability. For the banker, credit card fraud represents a loss of more than $5 billion annually. Taking out your phone seems not much different than pulling your credit card from your wallet, so it's not surprising that Canalys suggested that one of the more interesting benefits of smart watches, which are on track to grow to 5 million by the end of 2014, will be the use of NFC. - 12/26/2013

Boardroom Report

GE's Impact on Everyone's Boardroom
The bottom line is that GE is going to make a big wake in its efforts, and the result will have lots of derivative results. As the white paper concludes: "The compounding effects of even relatively small changes in efficiency across industries of massive global scale should not be ignored. As we have noted, even a one percent reduction in costs can lead to significant dollar savings when rolled up across industries and geographies. If the cost savings and efficiency gains of the Industrial Internet can boost U.S. productivity growth by 1 to 1.5 percentage points, the benefit in terms of economic growth could be substantial, potentially translating to a gain of 25 to 40 percent of current per capita GDP. " - 12/26/2013

Advisory Board

Creating Sustainable Profitability for the Internet of Things
The connected industry is certainly growing, transforming lives and businesses in discrete, bottom-up ways. But we must all keep in mind that as an industry, we must guard against making too big of a deal about applications that won't stick, and thus leaving the industry devoid of excitement. Instead, we need to measure the market through both a qualitative and a quantitative lens of substantial value-adding, life-improving applications that demonstrate ROI for both the application provider and the end user. - 12/26/2013

Advisory Board

Doctor M2M Will See You Now
The good news is that most of the doctors themselves will not be replaced, but will be augmented by M2M technology to make better decisions and provide better care. Health care will actually become more personalized. Doctors will spend less time analyzing and diagnosing, and spend more time with patients administering care. Additionally, the treatment patients receive will be tailored to their specific case through the use of large amounts of data about similar cases - as opposed to the current guess-and-check system employed in much of medicine. - 12/26/2013

Advisory Board

Next-Gen M2M with Connected Medical Devices
By integrating M2M data into Salesforce.com, Ventana has established a central repository of customer and machine information, where stakeholders can access the information they need to improve performance. Through continued Salesforce.com integration, Ventana plans to extend the value of its M2M initiative beyond remote service, including automating creation of customer complaint cases; integrating knowledge management with device alarms to speed time to resolution; and aggregating Salesforce.com service data and device metrics for better decision making. - 12/26/2013

Advisory Board

Intelligent Machines Make Businesses More Productive
M2M technology has come a long way in terms of providing the next level of productivity that asset-based businesses need. Companies are starting to take advantage of these technological advances to gain access to valuable information that can provide key decision-makers with a new way of thinking. The possibilities seem endless when it comes to deploying an ecosystem of connected machines, and we can confidently say that the best is yet to come. - 12/26/2013

Advisory Board

Security for Intelligent Systems
As we look ahead, the suppliers who build a solid solution leveraging security and their core strengths will be the big winners in the M2M space. ABI Research shows that the global market for M2M network security will be worth $752 million by the end of 2017. This includes revenues for transmission security, physical security, and service level agreements. - 12/26/2013

COVER STORY

Reaching Peak Performance with M2M: Sprint Can Serve as Your Guide
Because of this broad variation in applications and requirements, it makes sense that so many organizations are turning to Sprint to help them put together the pieces and deliver the support and services to create the most effective M2M-enabled solutions. - 12/26/2013

Network

The M2M Billing Balancing Act
By 2017, there will be more than 19 billion global network connections from fixed and mobile personal devices, and M2M devices. That's up from about 12 billion connections in 2012, according to Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index. - 09/11/2013

Cover Story

No More Science Projects: ILS Technology Powers Enterprise-Grade M2M Solutions
Machine-to-machine communications has been around a long time, but it still has plenty of maturing to do. That's because many of the M2M deployments in place today were put together with whatever processes and technologies were available at the time. - 09/11/2013

Advisory Board

Consolidation in M2M: Looking at the Past to See the Future
Imagine a world where your car can drop you off and park itself, your refrigerator can tell you when you need to buy milk, and hospitals can care for patients who are at home in their own beds. What once seemed the stuff of sci-fi movies is now becoming a reality with machine-to-machine technology. - 09/11/2013

Advisory Board

Bit Pollution and the Tragedy of the Ethercommons
The tragedy of the commons conceived in a paper published in 1968 by Garrett Hardin in Science is a powerful metaphor. It says that a shared resource is inevitably ruined by uncontrolled use. Modern application is in sustainability - particularly in respect to the environment. Recently I have been thinking about how this applies to wireless and M2M. - 09/11/2013

Advisory Board

Are We Experiencing an M2M Tipping Point?
Machine-to-machine communications is said to have reached its tipping point, the fine line where awareness, supplier activity and demand - combined with unit economics costs making M2M affordable for mass adoption - suddenly meet to create a burgeoning market for new services. - 09/11/2013

Advisory Board

M2M Security Enablers: Foundations for a Secure M2M Experience
Security has become one of the top themes of discussion in the M2M community. If you catalog the various M2M applications under development or in deployment, the specific requirements vary according to the sensitivity of the information. - 09/11/2013

Advisory Board

The Machine of the Future - Available Today
There's no doubt machines are becoming more and more sophisticated and intelligent. Fifty years ago, machines were still mostly mechanical. It wasn't until the past few decades that software became a major component of machines. - 09/11/2013

Advisory Board

Embedded Cloud Computing
In machine-to-machine applications, the ability to remotely monitor, collect, store, and visualize data is paramount. Clients today have the choice to build out their own back end server system and associated software elements, or look to a cloud-based system where much of the solution has been provided. - 09/11/2013

Advisory Board

The Rise of Connected Machines
Companies around the world are turning to technology not only to transform the way they do business, but also to stand out as leaders in their respective industries. - 09/11/2013

Boardroom Report

An Oracle Executive Interview: Standardized Architectures Bring Simplicity, Flexibility to M2M
The connected device market is poised to make giant leaps. Estimates indicate there will be billions of connected devices, most of which will be used in M2M applications, in just a few years. - 09/05/2013

Boardroom Report

With the Money Supply 'Tapering' Off, What Should the Boardroom M2M Strategy Be?
It is no stretch to say that the government has a real knack for convoluting words and phrases, employing them in ways that usurp their true meaning for one that is the exact opposite. - 09/05/2013

Boardroom Report

As M2M Gains Momentum, Is Your Organization Ready?
As big data continues to explode, M2M applications are adding fuel to the fire. Everyone from network service providers, to vertical application providers and end user businesses will face challenges extracting rich, real-time insight from the onslaught of machine-generated data streaming in from devices, sensors, smart meters, operational equipment and other sources. - 09/05/2013

Boardroom Report

The Intellectual Property Land Rush and Its Impact on the M2M Space
Property values are going up, but that's not necessarily all good news. We're talking in this case about intellectual property. - 09/05/2013

The Hot List

Telehealth: What You See is What You Prescribe
Unlike other M2M opportunities where the solutions scale to a universal approach (e.g., fleet and asset management), telehealth has the challenge of having to match the human condition. This results in a wide array of solutions using similar systems in very different ways. - 09/05/2013

Endpoints

Gemalto Dives Deep into M2M
Gemalto is a €2.2 billion ($2.88 billion) public company with more than 10,000 employees. In 2012, the company reported profits of €306 million ($400.28 million). It delivers both software and hardware across a number of vertical businesses, with financial services, government, transportation and telecom as some of its key industries. - 09/05/2013

Network

Best Practices for Designing Connected Health Applications
Cellular machine-to-machine communications have opened the door to a world of new, beneficial health care applications previously thought to be unfeasible. In fact, the ability to design, manufacture and distribute devices that can monitor and collect information in real time around the clock has led to innovative and useful applications that can improve people's health and well being, and that's a trend that is sure to continue well into the future. - 09/05/2013

Editorial Series

Mobile Network Coverage: The Key to M2M Success
Companies are implementing M2M solutions into their business models at increasingly higher rates. According to Yankee Group, the M2M industry will triple in the next three years, with more than 313 million active cellular M2M connections estimated by 2016. - 09/05/2013

COVER STORY

The Prescription for M2M Success: Axeda, Varian Partner on Medical Device Solution
Varian Medical Systems is one of the M2M pioneers in the medical device industry. A leading manufacturer of integrated cancer therapy systems, Varian provides top-notch customer service and ensures machine uptime with SmartConnect - its award-winning, M2M-driven remote monitoring and management solution. - 05/17/2013

Boardroom Report

The Real Carrier Challenge of M2M Lies in IT
In the 3G/4G smart device era, wireless operators are struggling with device numbers on the order of two, three or four per household. Some larger carriers have 100 to 200 million handsets, tablets and laptops connecting to the network, and data consumption is growing at an exponential rate. In M2M, wireless becomes embedded in everything. In the connected home, that means refrigerators, thermostats, lights, televisions, alarm systems and more. In a telematics situation, smart utility meters or warehouse cooling systems will be sending information across the network. And the numbers will multiply exponentially; suddenly, mobile operators will have billions, not millions, of devices on the network. - 05/17/2013

Boardroom Report

Machine Crowdsourcing - The Next Logical Step
In the work that Etherios has been doing matches well with the concepts of better service management with faults and errors being integrated to the workflow of the company for better dispatch and escalation. I bring this up because there was a lot of VC discussion at SXSW about social machines; the viewpoint was there should be a better tie in to the analytics that seem to dominate our social networks and our machine-to-machine reporting. In other words, this has expanded to be more about the analytics that can be integrated and perhaps offered to (and from) outside sources. - 05/17/2013

THE HOT LIST

From the Simple to the Complex Asset Tracking
First of all, let me give you some perspective. Barcodes took more than 15 years to get adopted, leaving Bernard Silver and David Collins very frustrated. The patents were sold for peanuts, and implementations were considered not viable economically. Barcodes adopted by the food industry were not understood by the public, and some faithful groups thought they were the devil's symbol. Using barcodes for inventory seemed to have implementation problems. How many times have you seen multiple barcodes adhered to the item? (Often bored, I would pick at the end of the one that looked the oldest.) - 05/17/2013

ENDPOINTS

Ready for Change: Vending Space Gets a Lift from Interactive Capabilities
Vending machines have come a long way since my father-in-law took over his father-in- law's vending business in the late 1960s. Heck, they've come a long way since my father-in-law retired and shut down the business eight years ago. - 05/17/2013

ENDPOINTS

Opportunities for Sensors in the Internet of Things
Sensors will play a much bigger role in the IoT providing feedback on environmental conditions, machine performance, lighting, the state of smart appliances and so on. And because there are so many more things than there are people, the IoT represents a huge market opportunity for the sensor industry and sensor-enabled services. - 05/17/2013

NETWORK

A Holistic Treatment for Better Wi-FiA Holistic Treatment for Better Wi-Fi
That means these devices could fail to work as needed due to Wi-Fi connectivity problems, and that could in turn put patients, health care providers, and medical device providers in jeopardy. That said, there are inherent risks in relying on standard Wi-Fi for M2M applications. However, Ixia is one vendor that has introduced a solution it is prescribing to those seeking a higher level of Wi-Fi connectivity. - 05/17/2013

NETWORK

M2M Security: Keeping Tabs on the Growing Sea of Devices
M2M devices are also different from cellphones because people tend to replace phones about every 5 years whereas M2M devices tend to have 20-year life spans. That means M2M devices, some of which are located in remote areas, and the networks that connect them should be designed with this longer life span issue in mind, said McDaid, adding that if an M2M device is comprised, you have to assume that will recur in other devices over the next 20 years or so. - 05/17/2013

ADVISORY BOARD

Solving the M2M/IoT Equation
There's been a lot of talk about how large the market is for the Internet of Things and M2M, but there seems to be a shortage of practical and useful information around how one really goes about developing and deploying a winning iIntelligent system. - 05/17/2013

ADVISORY BOARD

Your Machines are Talking, Are You Listening?
M2M communications are fueling the next generation of enhanced productivity and helping to reduce costs for businesses in various industries around the world. As M2M capabilities continue to evolve and expand over time, it's becoming increasingly difficult to explain what they are in a single sentence. Many companies remain stuck in defining M2M communications simply as connected devices sharing information across a network. But in reality, devices and networks represent just a tip of the iceberg. - 05/17/2013

ADVISORY BOARD

The Need for Speed: 4G-LTE Enables a New Wave of M2M Applications
Data rates using wireless 4G LTE typically range from 10 to 20mbps for downloads, and 5 to 10mbps for uploads. While this may be overkill for some traditional M2M applications, the availability of high-bandwidth wireless Internet is creating opportunities to not only innovate existing M2M applications, but also to enable new M2M applications that weren't previously possible. - 05/17/2013

ADVISORY BOARD

The Machine-to-Machine Movement
We are just now beginning to realize the inflection point for machine-to-machine technology adoption. The change in discussion from technology to business impacts has been the catalyst for widespread M2M technology deployment. When establishing an M2M initiative, businesses are no longer focusing on the type of data the equipment can produce. Rather, organizations are considering where the greatest opportunity resides to improve processes and enhance the bottom line. By taking a strategic perspective from the outset, organizations are ensuring that their technology investment is contributing to the bottom line - not diminishing it - and generating strong ROI. - 05/17/2013

ADVISORY BOARD

M2M Goes Global
Through innovative technology developments, including satellite network services, M2M wireless connectivity is served up across international borders, over land and sea. These networks, consisting of cellular, GPS, Wi-Fi and RFID technologies, enable organizations to track products and even the status of their transport mode (truck, boat, plane, etc.) as they travel across the globe. - 05/17/2013

ADVISORY BOARD

Has Anyone Heard of M2M?
After an all-day seminar discussing more than 10 years of challenges deploying asset tracking tests with RFID in airport terminals, the leader of IATA's RFID Work Group suggested perhaps the name of the group should be changed. A new name may allow standards discussions on technologies other than RFID. And one of the names now up for a vote is the Internet of Things. - 05/17/2013

ADVISORY BOARD

M2M Is A Sticky Value Proposition - And That's Powerfully Good
Although growing fast, M2M remains a novel idea for consumers, and many businesses as well. When I talk to companies taking their first look at M2M, the most compelling point is the broad impact of this technology. The potential positives for a business plan are many-sided and well known to M2M Evolution readers: improved operational efficiency, easier regulatory compliance, better customer service, richer marketing and merchandising opportunities, and many more. - 05/17/2013

ADVISORY BOARD

Timing the M2M Opportunity
Even though the underlying enabling technology is the same, the innovations offered are very different and the actors and thus markets are also different. Adoption is therefore a combination of the characteristics of the innovation and the adoptive nature of the actors/market. - 05/17/2013

Endpoints

Cisco Introduces Videoscape Unity
Cisco at CES unveiled a solution called Videoscape Unity, which expands on the Videoscape capabilities it announced at the Consumer Electronics show in 2011. The original Videoscape was introduced to address the new video trend and transform the TV experience by allowing customers to access both the traditional content they're used to, as well as subscription-based programming, including content from over-the-top providers, and DVD movies and programs. - 02/28/2013

Endpoints

The Medium is the Message: Digital Signage Pops Up in New Places, New Ways
Digital signs have long been a fixture in sports venues and transportation hubs. But increasingly, they're turning up in retail environments, restaurants, and other businesses and operations. While early digital signage deployments tended to involve single monitors and rely on PC technology, newer deployments may include interactive touchscreens, multiple screens and more advanced backend operations. - 02/28/2013

Boardroom Report

Big Blue Helps Wade through the Sea of Data
Carl Ford of Crossfire Media and the M2M Evolution magazine advisory board recently spoke with Jerry Coumo and Gari Singh of IBM about Big Blue's views on machine-to-machine solutions, including MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT), a lightweight publish/subscribe protocol flowing over TCP/IP for remote sensors and control devices through low bandwidth, unreliable or intermittent communications. - 02/28/2013

Cover Story

The Cloud's Ties to M2M Benefits Go Far Beyond Pay-as-You-Go
Cloud and M2M are two of the hottest topics in communications today. But, you may be asking yourself, just how do the two relate to one another? They don't have to, but increasingly, there are. - 02/27/2013

Endpoints

Geotab's Fleet Management System is Truly Plug-and-Play
It's no secret that fuel costs are rising, and companies are looking for ways to cut down on their fuel bills. Some are putting hybrid or electric vehicles in their fleets, and others are taking advantage of telematics technology to provide them with data to help decrease fuel consumption. - 02/27/2013

Endpoints

M2M Does 3D-SiP
3D-SiP (System in Package) is a relatively new development in the M2M space. The 3D part refers to the fact that components are placed on the top layer of the stack (x and y direction), and passive components are embedded in other layers (the z direction). - 02/27/2013

Corner Office

Coffee Talk about the Social Machine, M2M and the Cloud
The use of machine-to-machine technology as a way to connect devices and collect data is growing in importance. But data collection is just one part of the equation needed to add up to value for businesses and consumers. Identifying the useful data, ensuring that data is in a usable format, and then combining that data with other information in a meaningful way are also key aspects involved in enabling M2M to reach its promise, as is the use of cloud-based solutions. - 02/27/2013

The Hot List

Fleet Management: It Moves a Village
Fleet management software was probably one of the first implementations of M2M. It's not surprising that many companies exist in this space when you consider there are more than 90 million trucks and 50,000 transport companies just in North America, and the impact fuel costs have had over the last decade. For many fleet management systems, goals were based on optimizing truck loads and route efficiency. - 02/27/2013

Network

Standard Practice: M2M Lacks Cross-Industry Harmonization, But New Effort Could Change that Tune
For all the talk about M2M these days, there's been very little work in this area relative to creating reusable platforms, and aligning protocols and other technologies, to help simplify application creation and otherwise lower costs and increase time to market. That means that despite plummeting device radio costs, the availability of cloud-based M2M solutions and expansive wireless networks - all of which have made M2M more accessible to a greater number of potential users - getting M2M applications up and running has been more costly and time consuming than it would be, had M2M standards been in place. - 02/27/2013

Brief Case

European Farmers Leverage M2M in Cow Insemination, Birthing Processes
As you're probably already aware, the potential applications for machine-to-machine technology are far and wide. If you've been following this space, chances are good that you've already heard about the use of M2M relative to connected cars, fleet and other assets; patient and medicine monitoring; energy; and smart homes. These are key applications around which many players, and many current and potential users, in the M2M space are focused. - 02/27/2013

Aeris Communications Certifies AnyData DTW-200D for Use On Network
AnyData's DTW-200D has been certified for use on the Aeris Communications' network. The Irvine, Calif.-based company's device is the smallest M2M device that Aeris has certified. - 02/07/2013