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M2M the Center of Attention at Mobile World Congress

file0001980941201-1Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications occupied center stage last week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona as industry influencers marked it as a key emerging technology.

Writing in ZDNET, Nitin Puri said M2M became a certified buzzword at MWC. The growth of M2M will be driven, more than by simply connecting devices, but from discovering new applications and business uses for the data collected by the devices, he said.

Once devices are connected, the next problem is getting them to talk to each other, and making sense of what they're saying, Puri wrote. This is the real business opportunity in M2M. British firm Machina Research believes there will be 12.5 billion smart-connected devices, excluding phones, PCs and tablets, in the world in 2020, up from 1.3 billion today.

The GSMA, a group supporting deployment of the GSM mobile standard and MWC sponsor, released a report predicting mobile operator data revenue will surpass voice revenue globally by 2018.

The mobile data explosion is being driven by a surge in demand for connected devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and is transforming the socioeconomic future of people in developed and developing countries, the report said.

The GSMA outlined M2M growth in several markets, including:

  • mHealth could save $400 billion in healthcare costsin OECD countries

  • Connected cars could save one in nine lives of people involved in car accidents through rapid emergency calling services

  • mEducation can reduce student drop-outs by eight per centor 1.8 million children

  • Smart metering can cut carbon emissions by 27 million tons the equivalent of planting 1.2 billion trees.

    Joe Tucci, CEO of enterprise storage technology leader EMC, said in a keynote that this trend will alter the technology landscape. Theres no stopping it, Tucci said, according to an article in PCWorld. The Internet of Things is coming, and you better disrupt or prepare to be disrupted.

    Cisco CEO John Chambers recognized the growth in his MWC keynote address. Using the term, Internet of Everything, Chambers said this segment will create additional revenue of $19 trillion over the next decade, of which $4.6 trillion will come from the public sector and $14.4 trillion from the private sector.

When I came to Cisco there were about a thousand things connected to the Internet, now there are 10 billion; by the end of the decade there will be 500 billion, Chambers said.

At MWC, the company announced its Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP), which allows service providers to deliver network services from a pool of resources that can be reused and personalized for each customer, automatically and on demand. The Evolved Services Platform is an element of its Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) strategy, its architecture used to build open, programmable, and application-aware networks.

Aeris Communications executives at the MWC met with customers and partners, following the recent release of Aeris GSP, a global M2M services and technology platform enabling Mobile Network Operators to optimize their M2M services. The solution helps mobile operators bridge an Opportunity Gap - the set of M2M opportunities for them held back by high cost thresholds, low revenue per connection, or platform inflexibilities.

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