- CTIA Wireless reinforces familiar themes, as M2M service providers strive for differentiation, BYOD spawns new solutions, and NFC-enabled mobile commerce inches closer to reality.
- There are interesting announcements from M2M MVNOs and other members of the ecosystem, as well as from the mobile operators themselves.
CTIA Wireless 2012 in New Orleans is still in progress as I write this, but the first two days provided a good sample of the enterprise mobility and M2M solutions being demonstrated and announced during the show. AT&T made the first M2M announcement, regarding its new ‘Digital Life’ all-IP wireless home monitoring system, which allows consumers to monitor and manage water, power, thermostats, security cameras, and other home devices using any Web-enabled devices. There were also a number of other M2M announcements at the show.
Verizon showcased a number of 4G LTE M2M applications that were developed at its LTE innovation center, including the RP Express mobile patient monitoring solution, the Kopin Golden-i wireless headset that lets users interact with visually enhanced surroundings, the Manley AirSense air quality monitor, and the VGo Robotic Telepresence devices. VGo is a robot that allows remote users to hear, talk, and move as if they were actually where the robot is located.
RACO Wireless announced a new partnership with PassTime, a provider of GPS-enabled automatic collection technology. It also announced that OnAsset Intelligence, a global shipping and air freight tracking company, is using the multi-mode IMSI SIM. The SIMs work on both RACO’s network (using T-Mobile for its underlying connectivity) and on Everything Everywhere, an MVNO that serves the UK market by utilizing wireless network connectivity from Orange and Deutsche Telekom. The SIMs provide in-country pricing in both the U.S. and the UK.
Sierra Wireless announced new programmability for its AirLink gateways due to its new ALEOS application framework, which features a development environment with a set of libraries and tools that will allow more efficient and feature-rich M2M applications using its devices. ALEOS applications can be integrated with the vendor’s cloud-based application development and management platform.
Kore Telematics announced integration with its PrismPro service delivery platform and ILS Technology’s deviceWISE platform. The company has established a go-to-market partnership with ILS Technology, a leading application platform provider that can connect any sensor or device to existing enterprise IT systems.
While none of these announcements was earth-shattering, they show a progression within the M2M ecosystem. Companies are developing more agile ways to build M2M applications; making global connectivity easier and less expensive; and continuing efforts to reduce complexity in the market through partnerships. These announcements directly address one of the obstacles in the way of market growth: the complexity of the ecosystem, which slows down the development and delivery of M2M solutions.