New M2M Developments Offer Convenience, Flexibility

5/15/2013

Convenience means more than people think. It’s not just about making things easy. It’s about eliminating redundancies, increasing efficiency, and simplifying the complicated.

Convenience is unquestionably one of the prime benefits of M2M technology, particularly for the business industry. It seems the more companies learn about the upside of M2M, the more integrate it into their day-to-day operations.

One organization striving to offer convenience and efficiency to its customers is ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), www.etsi.org, which recently released the first technical specification for DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) ULE (Ultra Low Energy). This low power consumption radio technology is intended for M2M and home automation applications.

Because it uses minimal energy, ETSI is hoping the DECT ULE will fare well in numerous areas of M2M. It has a multi-phase specification, the first of which is focused on HAN (home area network). Ongoing work will extend it into areas such as smart metering, assisted living, telecare, safety, and security.

New ULE devices will use the existing DECT spectrum, and be fully compatible with existing DECT systems. A single device may also combine ULE with DECT and DECT New Generation functionalities. Thus, by upgrading their DECT base station, existing devices can still be used.

Guenter Kleindl, chairman of the ETSI DECT technical committee, says DECT ULE addresses many application scenarios which no existing technology can support, particularly in the M2M area. He added other products suffer from drawbacks such as high power consumption, spectrum access limitations, short range, or a lack of standardization.

Calgary Scientific Inc., www.calgaryscientific.com, is also hoping to offer convenience with its new ResolutionMD 3.2 app. The product has been cleared by the FDA (Food and Drug Admin.) for secure medical and diagnostic imaging via Android, iPhone, iPad, laptop or desktop computer.

The app offers access to related studies, split-view mode to compare images side-by-side, the ability to manage multiple hospitals on a single account, among numerous other features. These functionalities allow healthcare professionals to view a patient’s medical industry quickly, efficiently compare data, ensure security, and improve overall care.

While DECT ULE and ResolutionMD 3.2 both offer tremendous convenience, users are always searching for more options, and new ways to improve quality of life. They may just find them at the M2M App Challenge at the 2013 Connected World Conference, June 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Calif. Anyone with a creative mind and an energy for development is invited to code for up to 36 hours using platforms from OSIsoft, www.osisoft.com, Aeris Communications, www.aeris.com, ILS Technology, www.ilstechnology.com, ioBridge, www.iobridge.com, and Esri, www.esri.com. The next chapter in the story of M2M could begin in just a few short weeks.

Regardless of what the next chapter entails, it will almost certainly provide some sort of convenience to the consumer. To say the least, that’s one of M2M’s strong points.

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