M2M MAGAZINE — 1st Quarter, 2014
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... Read More >>>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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