Test & Measurement

M2M & IoT Growth Demands More Testing

To understand the importance of testing for both machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), it's helpful to consider some of the latest announcements in the M2M space:

  • Los Angeles County manages traffic at 1,000 intersections using Proxim Wireless gear and 5.8GHz unlicensed frequencies. The information is sent to a central hub where traffic managers change the timing of traffic lights manually and in real time to reflect changing traffic conditions.

  • 24Care, an eHealth solutions provider based in the Netherlands, launched a mobile monitoring solution for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). It uses Vodafone Global M2M Platform to ensure secure, consistent communications across Europe through its international M2M solution integrated into 24Care's DefiCommunicator devices. It ensures consistent European pricing, Europe-wide coverage and a simple configuration.

  • Rogers now provides "Mobile Shopper," an opt-in M2M solution for retailers that enables customers to engage with brands via their smartphones in-store through mobile offers, applications and mobile payments technology.

  • Part of the Samsung Smart Home, the safety service lets users monitor the interior of the home by connecting digital door locks and IP cameras so they can remotely and securely assess who is entering and exiting the home. For example, if the digital door lock is opened while the user is away, a notification is sent to the smartphone registered to that user. From here, the Home View function can be launched on the companion mobile app to check the IP cameras and see whether other family members have returned home safely or if there is a problem.

Clearly, M2M is growing in several ways. Not only is it expanding far beyond the applications it originally targeted, it's expanding in terms of vertical markets and across both consumer and enterprise applications. Furthermore, M2M applications are being standardized, and the caliber of companies that are working on M2M collaborations indicates that the M2M market will continue to grow exponentially. As that happens, the IoT market will also grow, since M2M networks are viewed one of many systems covered by IoT infrastructure.

These are just some of the findings in the newest Heavy Reading Mobile Networks Insider report, "Growth of M2M & IoT Networks Drives Need for Testing." This report examines the market for testing of M2M and IoT, analyzing the types of testing that is most commonly used, as well as drivers expected in the market over the next two years. It discusses challenges in the industry and includes a comparative analysis of solutions available. Finally, it examines the geographic landscape of the market and details trends that are likely to occur in the industry over the next 18-24 months.

— Denise Culver, Research Analyst, Heavy Reading Mobile Networks Insider

The report, Growth of M2M & IoT Networks Drives Need for Testing, is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (six issues) to Mobile Networks Insider, priced at $1,595. Individual reports are available for $900. To subscribe, please visit: www.heavyreading.com/mobile-networks.

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