I recently joined the advisory board for M2M Evolution magazine, a new publication from TMC. I will be a regular contributor for the magazine, which provides in-depth coverage of the shift toward greater connectivity in the rapidly expanding machine-to-machine environment.
I wrote an article titled 4G LTE Enables Richer M2M Experiences for the first edition of the magazine. In the article I explore the future of machine-to-machine communications by first examining its past. The following are a few key ideas from the article.
Today, most new M2M devices are Internet enabled with a TCP/IP stack and wirelessly enabled with a 3G/4G modem that leverages widely available mobile broadband networks from major carriers. The economies of scale associated with commercial off-the-shelf components are enormous, enabling a large growing population of M2M devices, new approaches to connecting M2M devices, and even creating new categories of M2M devices that didn’t exist before.
The vast scope of connected devices is difficult to grasp, spanning multiple applications in all industry verticals, including smart meters, HVAC control, medical devices, traffic systems, telematics, just to name a few.
Most of us involved in M2M only see a portion of the available applications. For example, my company develops 4G/WiFi-enabled M2M routers, which are commonly used in kiosks, digital signage, video surveillance, and vehicle applications. However, the varying requirements, physical size, and deployment quantities of different M2M applications are not conducive to a one-size-fits-all approach. This has led to a highly-dispersed ecosystem of companies that focus on the unique market requirements of different applications.
Most insiders predict that the next major wave of innovation in M2M devices will be driven by new applications that leverage the pervasive availability of high bandwidth from 4G LTE. Here in North America, 4G LTE expansions continue to march forward toward 100 percent network deployment. The availability of this high bandwidth enables more extensive use of rich multimedia and cloud-based applications for M2M devices that wouldn’t otherwise be possible with earlier generations of mobile broadband data.
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