Avoiding M2M Global Pitfalls
M2M (machine-to-machine) deployments are growing at a rapid clip. IT leaders are discovering that there are many benefits to be gained by connecting devices. The figures are pretty strong: the global market for M2M connections should increase from two billion at the end of 2011 to 18 billion at the end of 2022, with global M2M revenue rising to $1.2 trillion in 2022, from $200 billion in 2012, Machina Research, www.machinaresearch.com, reports.
A new whitepaper on M2M communicatiospan> breaks down several of the problems that have to be overcome to make those glowing estimates come about. Differing regions and individual countries present challenges to M2M deployment because of their varied cultures, languages, regulations, technologies adoption rates, and pricing.
While this is hardly new nor exclusive to the M2M market, as more countries are expanding their influence in technology, closing their borders to outside providers to protect local vendors, and increasing government regulations, companies that seek to play on the global stage need to spend a good deal of time and effort to make their investments secure.
For example, device certification is a cost that cannot be ignored. Designs have to incorporate all the factors that make international sales possible. Something as simple as electrical voltage must be considered as critically as chip or sensor output. A new design incorporating a chipset or radio module that has been certified in one country might not be acceptable in another.
Patrick Bertagna, CEO, president, chairman, and founder, of GTX Corp., www.gtxcorp.com, providers of embedded M2M GPS location personal-location services, offers up his insights. In fact, he has learned that before going global, M2M service providers and enterprise customers should first devote time to a set of considerations which can make the difference between success and failure. The paper explores many of those conditions.
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