UK’s tracking programme is exclusively for cows

Whilst many of us are steal reeling from the invasive privacy measures used by the NSA in their PRISM programme; it turns out the UK has started a similar tracking initiative... for cows.

The aptly-named “Cow Tracking Project” connects individual cows to the web, Internet of Things-style, by attaching a GPS device to each, and placing sensors around their shed to monitor their movements and sleeping habits.

Its aim is to monitor any behavioural changes which could...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Industry, M2M.

How to succeed in the new mobile economy

As technology continues to advance, the mobile ecosystem has successfully built a host of new business models, from automotive to health and education to the connected living space at home.

This marks an incredibly exciting time for the customers who will able to embrace an evolved mobile experience, the developers and device manufacturers who can continue to drive innovation and the operators who must develop strong value propositions to entice the 21st century mobile user away from competitors.

From an...

By Mike Boyarski, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, LTE, M2M, Mobile, Operators.

ThingWorx’s Ken Forster on leading the IoT and M2M renaissance

Recent winner of ITExpo's "Most Innovative Product" award; ThingWorx is a forward-thinking platform leading the way in the Internet of Things and M2M. So who better to talk to about the future of this renaissance-like movement than EMEA Head, Ken Forster?

Like the other big industry talking point, LTE, both the IoT and M2M is in a state of Long Term Evolution; constantly adapting to what people expect...

By Ryan Daws, 09 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M.

Examining the upside market opportunities for M2M connections

Machine to machine (M2M) applications growth continues on an upward trajectory. Cellular M2M connections are set to reach over 450 million by 2018, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Europe dragged down worldwide connection growth in 2011 and 2012 to the high teens, but with improving world economics connection growth will accelerate to a CAGR of 26 percent through 2018. However, recent connection growth has come in the face of declining connection ARPUs. "The market for M2M connections can...

By David H. Deans, 06 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, M2M, Operators.

How M2M will drive a more sustainable, connected society

By Matthew Key, CEO, Telefonica Digital

15 July 2013: By 2015 over six billion objects in the world will be connected to the internet. The explosion of M2M communications, creating what is known as the Internet of Things, is set to fundamentally transform almost every aspect of human society and disrupt every industry it touches.

We see it as the biggest growth opportunity in the market and aim for M2M to represent...

By Telefónica, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, M2M.

M2M: The focus is still on people

The idea of machines speaking to machines makes some people worry that there is an impending machine age. In reality, “machine-to-machine communication” (M2M) is not science fiction, but science fact. And human beings are being anything but left out.

M2M is getting ever closer to users to improve their quality of life and there are a number of reasons for this: Firstly, networks have now become omnipresent: wireless Internet is being installed across large areas...

By Daryl Miller, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Devices, M2M.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...

UK smart metering needs future-proofing with cellular networks

With the Department of Energy and Climate Change due to make a decision this summer on what communication technology will be used to support the installation of smart meters in every home and small business by 2020, there was a significant development recently for those living in rural areas.

The Government has appointed a provider to deliver its £150 million Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) which will see cellular mobile phone services based on open standards extended to rural “not...

By Dr Mike Short, 17 July 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, M2M, Networks.

M2M module market reached $1.5 billion in 2012

Infonetics Research released findings from its latest mobile communications sector market study, which provides market size, analysis, and forecasts for mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) modules by technology, vertical industry, and geographic region. Mobile network operators are deploying more M2M solutions and enterprises and consumers are increasingly adopting them across the globe -- creating a robust outlook for the overall M2M services market, as well as the mobile M2M module market. “To put things in perspective, the mobile M2M module is just one of many technology solutions available for M2M services, one that represents less than 15 percent of active M2M connections...

By David H. Deans, 09 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...