Intel and Rogers Focus on M2M

9/17/2012

Major companies see the value of connecting everyday objects. This idea is a major trend in technology, as multiple companies delve deeper into the world of M2M (machine-to-machine) and connected devices. These companies are espousing business philosophies that put the focus squarely on the connected world.

During the Intel Developer Forum, held September 11-13 in San Francisco, Justin Rattner, Intel’s CTO, put forth a vision of a future heavily enabled by connected solutions. Rattner said, “In the future, if it computes, it connects. From the simplest embedded sensors to the most advanced cloud datacenters, we’re looking at techniques to allow all of them to connect without wires.”

Rattner focused attention on an all-digital Wi-Fi radio, which Intel says would be useful for system-on-chip designs for smartphones and tablets. The small size and lower cost of the all-digital radios could someday enable many new categories of devices to become connected, because it would not be price prohibitive to add in the technology.


Among other technologies described during the event, Rattner also illustrated a security solution from Intel Labs called Client Based Authentication Technology. It’s designed to replace passwords for device access, while also making it easier to gain entry to a user’s bank accounts and other information.

The technology sounds a bit like a science-fiction spy story, but it’s being developed for everyday users. The process starts when the user scans his palm using a biometric sensor that reads the unique vein pattern. The user is then authenticated to his personal device, such as a notebook or smartphone. The device can then authenticate itself with the user’s cloud-based services, such as banking, stock portfolios, or social networking site. If the user puts the device down, the system can automatically detect the fact and lock the device.

Intel isn’t the only company interested in catering to M2M. Rogers Communications, www.rogers.com, recently announced it is collaborating with Wavefront, www.wavefrontac.com, to create the new Rogers Wireless Innovation Centre, located in Vancouver.

Wavefront is a not-for-profit dedicated to advancing wireless companies, and the Centre is located within the organization’s National Centre of Excellence for Wireless Commercialization. It’s designed to be a place where customers and developers can learn more about M2M and how it can be integrated into the enterprise.

Rogers is taking some significant steps in M2M, hoping to spur developers to create new applications. The Centre should also serve the role of educating more businesses about how M2M can benefit their companies. According to Rogers, some of the applications on display include wireless asset tracking, connected health solutions, and digital signage.

With companies like Intel and Rogers trumpeting M2M as a solid business strategy, the space seems set to continue its expansion. To learn more about M2M and the companies leading the way in the industry, check out the 2013 M2M Sourcebook, which details the technology components, companies, and strategies that are impacting businesses today.




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