Intel Makes a Move


Intel,, is serious about cementing its place in the M2M (machine-to-machine) market. The company aims to address and manage many vertical applications, but to do so in a way that takes the complexities out of the development cycle as it exists today.

Kevin Johnson, director of embedded connected devices for Intel’s embedded and communications group, told Connected World magazine, “If the industry that is enabling M2M begins to take mystery and complexity out of portions of the value chain, the industry will balloon.”

You can tell just how serious Intel is about achieving this goal given the flood of announcements made by the chipmaker at this week’s MWC (Mobile World Congress). It’s clear that whether Intel’s name is at the forefront or behind the scenes, the company is focused on developing the partnerships that help enable more things to happen in the space.

During the Barcelona conference, Intel announced a new collaboration with Vodafone,, which the companies say aims to make it simpler and more affordable for businesses to connect devices to the Internet, making them “smart.”

By combining Intel’s computing processor platforms with Vodafone’s network and connectivity services, the companies believe it will be easier for developers to embed M2M capabilities in a wide range of products. These products could range from connected washing machines to connected vehicles to smart buildings.

Also as part of the collaboration, Intel and Vodafone will create an M2M Smart Services Developer Kit using the Intel Atom processor. The kit will help businesses create services and applications with standardized M2M capabilities in their products. The intent is to spur a new wave of innovation in the global M2M sector.

Swedish startup Yanzi Networks,, is one company showing off innovation at MWC—thanks in part to Intel’s Atom processor. Yanzi announced its second-generation remote-access server, which uses an Intel Atom processor and an Ericsson wireless broadband module.

Earlier this week the company demonstrated its solution by showcasing real customer applications with streaming video and sensor data wirelessly over the Internet. Showcases included a grocery store and a cattle farm in Sweden, as well as temperature sensors, motion detectors, and video cameras connected to the Yanzi cloud servers. Realtime data was displayed from the show floor via smartphone, PC, and tablet devices.

Yanzi says Intel’s processor provides a foundation for secure, high-performance, low-power, and cost-efficient video processing that is required in next-generation M2M applications.

Another company being propelled by Intel technology is ILS Technology,, who recently announced its deviceWISE M2M Application Development Kit, intended for the commercial and industrial markets.

The kit combines ILS Technology’s deviceWISE M2M Gateway software with an Intel Atom processor-based M2M gateway hardware platform, along with ILS’ M2M developer cloud subscription and professional services team. 

By offering an end-to-end M2M solution without the need for custom software, infrastructure development, or hardware integration, this partnership hopes to make remote M2M applications a reality through a speedy time to market and a lower cost barrier to entry.

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