Mobile World Congress Highlights M2M

2/28/2013

At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, M2M solutions took center stage. A wide variety of connected solutions and devices were on display, including an exhibit area devoted to the idea of the connected city. Taken together, the solutions show how mobile will be a vital part of M2M during the coming years.

One theme that emerged during the show was partnerships. Multiple companies announced they were teaming up to offer combined solutions. Two of these companies were Ericsson, www.ericsson.com, and SAP, www.sap.com, which announced a plan to jointly market and sell cloud-based M2M solutions and services to enterprises via operators worldwide. The solutions will be offered via a SaaS (software-as-a-service) model that combines offerings from both companies.

Goals include helping businesses to reduce complexity in M2M, allowing them to respond to customer needs faster. Ericsson will provide solutions, technology, and network operator infrastructure powered by the Ericsson Device Connection Platform & Service Enablement Platform. SAP offers its enterprise business solutions powered by the SAP HANA platform, a database tool for the enterprise.


Wipro Technologies, www.wipro.com, and Axeda Corp., www.axeda.com, also announced a partnership. The companies will form a strategic alliance to offer services and solutions to help organizations connect assets in the enterprise.

Again, the companies aim to simplify M2M implementations, with cited benefits including faster time-to-market and a simplified M2M management experience. Wipro offers expertise in consulting and outsourcing for information technology, while Axeda provides a variety of M2M solutions such as Machine Cloud, which is used to manage assets and applications. MachineCloud will be combined with Wipro’s development services and system integration.

Partnership announcements from Telit Wireless Solutions, www.telit.com, focused on the company’s module portfolio. Telit released a new family of data cards based on Intel designs, www.intel.com, which focused on LTE/DC-HSPA+ and HSPA+. The data cards feature the M.2, NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor) and target products including connected consumer devices and commercial and industrial devices.

Telit also said it is expanding its portfolio of modules with a new 4G LTE option based on Qualcomm Technologies’, www.qualcomm.com, Gobi MDM9215. The LE910 features LTE connectivity and is Telit’s second LTE offering overall.

Another big announcement came from RACO Wireless, www.racowireless.com, a provider of wireless data solutions for M2M. RACO says it will begin offering connectivity options from Sprint, www.sprint.com, providing customers access to Sprint’s nationwide CDMA and LTE networks. This expands on RACO’s portfolio of carriers, and it now offers a choice of CDMA, GSM, and LTE for network connectivity.

RACO will also work with Telefonica, www.telefonica.com, to provide customers with more options globally, especially in Latin America and Europe.

The GSMA, www.gsma.com, released a few announcements, including a study that says mobile operator data revenues will surpass voice revenues globally by 2018. This is due to more connected devices and M2M solutions using more data. GSMA also says in 2017, companies related to the mobile ecosystem will employ nearly 10 million people globally.

During Mobile World Congress, GSMA showcased a Connected City exhibit. The goal was to allow attendees to experience a future city where everyone and everything can benefit from intelligent wireless connections. It featured a number of spaces found in a typical urban environment, such as a town hall, department store, apartment, hotel, café, office, a car showroom, and a street. The sections focused on displays of how wireless connectivity could improve people’s lives in the future.

Overall, Mobile World Congress focused heavily on M2M and connected solutions, and the concept of the connected city shows how these solutions can be integrated into everyday life. The new solutions showcased will help to build a future where connectivity is an expected part of many different products and systems.

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