& cplSiteName &

IoT: More Things, More Challenges

Jason Meyers
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Jason Meyers, Executive Editor
7/1/2014
50%
50%

The machine-to-machine (M2M) sector is in the midst of a significant transformation -- and not just in name.

As the M2M marketplace evolves into the broader and more comprehensive Internet of Things (IoT), and as applications become more exciting and more accessible to a far greater number of business enterprises, the underlying technology and network requirements become correspondingly more complex.

Industry pundits are now projecting that there will be tens of millions of connected devices by 2020; some are predicting as many as 50 billion globally. That rapid progression is already taking M2M beyond meter reading and vehicle tracking, and into the hands of any and all businesses with a need to connect more devices and transmit more information to other devices -- and, by extension, to more people.

To illustrate the spread and the significance of M2M's transition to IoT, just look at an industry as diverse as agriculture: In that sector, the use of M2M for everything from equipment tracking to environmental monitoring was once the exclusive domain of industrial farms with multiple locations. In the IoT era, network ubiquity, the proliferation of data and devices, and simplified application development make IoT services accessible and beneficial to all agricultural players, from the industrial behemoths all the way down to the small organic farmers.

All of this bodes well for mobile operators in terms of potential revenue enhancement -- and not just in providing the network connectivity required to transport these ever-expanding IoT solutions. Mobile operators have a real opportunity to provide platforms for application enablement, delivery and control to a broad range of businesses, helping them facilitate, customize, and manage the new IoT era.

The new Heavy Reading Insider, "IoT Platforms: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis," explores the strengths and challenges of several vendors that are attempting to help mobile operators make the transition from M2M pipe to IoT enabler. The companies profiled in the report range from the larger and more established to the just emerging, and the platforms they have created address everything from connectivity to device management to application creation and customization. The common challenge all of these vendors face is getting the attention of operators, and in many cases helping them forge an effective IoT strategy -- a challenge in and of itself for many mobile players.

The emergence of the Internet of Things creates valuable new opportunities for mobile network operators to extend beyond undifferentiated connectivity and into new lines of business and revenue. This report provides an in-depth look at the entities attempting to help those operators manage the transition and implement the platforms required to make that a reality.

Jason Meyers, Utility Communications Editor, Light Reading


IoT Platforms: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis, a 17-page report, is available as part of an annual subscription (12 monthly issues) to Heavy Reading Insider, priced at $1,995. This report is available for $900. To subscribe, please visit: www.heavyreading.com/insider.

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
cobiacomm
50%
50%
cobiacomm,
User Rank: Light Beer
7/2/2014 | 10:52:09 AM
IoT Reference Architecture

 


What is your Reference Architecture for the Internet of Things (IoT)? The architecture should include devices , server-side legacy systems, and cloud services required to interact with and manage the devices. The following white paper provide IoT architects and developers  with an effective starting point that covers major IoT projects and systems requirements.

 

http://wso2.com/whitepapers/a-reference-architecture-for-the-internet-of-things/

 

 
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
7/1/2014 | 5:38:04 PM
Innovation
The Internet of Things will drive innovation over the next 20 years that make the previous 20 years look stagnant. 
More Blogs from Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Cable is well on the path to meeting 5G backhaul and small cell requirements; however, cable may face competition from mobile network operators (MNOs) and find challenges in technology and regulation limitations.
Taking the pulse of NFV and SDN deployments.
Although many service providers have already deployed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology and believe it is an integral part of their business, a clear path to vendor success and long-term revenue isn't yet visible.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, but the lack of standards as well as uncertainty about its revenue potential is a major source of frustration for communications service providers (CSPs).
Whatever strategy CSPs adopt in the emerging IoT landscape, a critical enabler of their IoT business will be the monetization engine.
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue London
November 10, 2017, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
November 16, 2017, ExCel Centre, London
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Muni Policies Stymie Edge Computing
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/17/2017
Is US Lurching Back to Monopoly Status?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/16/2017
Pai's FCC Raises Alarms at Competitive Carriers
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/16/2017
'Brutal' Automation & the Looming Workforce Cull
Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/18/2017
Worried About Bandwidth for 4K? Here Comes 8K!
Aditya Kishore, Practice Leader, Video Transformation, Telco Transformation, 10/17/2017
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Partner Perspectives - content from our sponsors
The Mobile Broadband Road Ahead
By Kevin Taylor, for Huawei
All Partner Perspectives