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How Organizations can get the most out of their IoT Investment


The Internet of Things has ushered in a sea change in a variety of business sectors. It’s driving positive change: lower waste, higher efficiency, a more joined-up supply chain, and a more proactive approach to outages. In 2019, these changes are impacting a wide range of industries, as demonstrated by the variety of conference tracks available at Internet of Things World in Santa Clara this month.

At the same time, our adoption of IoT at work (following our widespread adoption at home) is rapidly increasing the number of devices connected to the internet. The numbers are already phenomenal and are set to grow quickly. Connected, active IoT devices are predicted to number 10 billion by 2020, and 22 billion by 2025. As businesses adopt the new tech in ever-increasing numbers, competitors will catch on; the advent of AI will also give us more ways to use the data that’s flowing in from our sensors.

This welcome investment in IoT over the next five to six years should give rise to huge efficiency gains, benefiting businesses, consumers, and — potentially — the planet. What could possibly go wrong?

How Secure is IoT Really?

An IoT device is no different to any other network-connected device. In itself, IoT is not risky. But it can pose risks in specific situations.

Consider a router on your network that is rarely checked for new firmware. As the router’s software ages, and it falls behind the update cycle, it becomes more appealing to hackers who have figured out how to get around its security.

IoT is no different. A poorly-managed IoT deployment generates significant risks and the sheer number of devices just multiplies the risk; there’s a whole lot of maintenance to plan for. Without ongoing investment into security, all of this new hardware is setting us up for a fall unless we understand the importance of keeping it secure.

Same Old Same Old?

In actual fact, IoT security is no more exotic than general network security — there’s just a lot more of it. Each device is a potential weak point that could be exploited if it wasn’t correctly secured. For example, every device needs to run the latest manufacturer firmware, and each one needs to have a unique password that’s difficult to guess.

Some of the techniques in use to secure IoT deployments are relatively straightforward. According to industry figures, 45% of companies have decided to use a dedicated network for IoT, keeping the sensors siloed from the wider company network. That’s a sensible move. It’s also sensible to look at physical security, monitoring, and access. Where are your sensors? Who can get to them? If someone installed unwelcome software on the network via a rogue device, how quickly would you know?

All of this points to a need for much wider investment in training and skills so that there are enough people ready to provide the necessary maintenance and technical support. Again, a high proportion of businesses are working towards this; 46% say they’re rolling out internal training for everyone — not just those in IT roles.

Final Thoughts

Digital transformation has taught us valuable lessons about technology adoption. In the rush to move to the cloud, some businesses failed to keep their migrations reigned in tight. Shadow IT wreaked havoc as employees found their own solutions. BYOD led to malware infection and uncontrolled data transfer.

As we start the process of embedding IoT (and, soon, AI), we’re in the fortunate position of having learned lessons from mistakes of the past. With IoT, we now know that achieving staff buy-in will be key across every organization and sector. Businesses would do well to remember that these devices are not ‘set and forget’. So, while early adoption is great — and should ensure a head start on competitors — it would be unwise to roll out a slew of IoT sensors without the people who are well training in how to maintain them.

Additionally, we’ve learned that ensuring cyber security it isn’t just a case of providing tech support when things go wrong, although that is important. It’s also about engineering the required culture change so that everyone knows how important cyber security is and keeps it top of mind once IoT is successfully deployed.

Source: Zach Butler. IoT World.

China Telecom and Ericsson launch open IoT platform


  • Global connection management platform will support China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy and accelerate the deployment of IoT solutions and services
  • China Telecom IoT Open Platform enables enterprise customers to deploy, manage and scale IoT connected devices and applications globally
  • Based on Ericsson Device Connection Platform, part of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator, used by more than 25 operators and supports over 2,000 enterprise customers

China Telecom and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have launched the China Telecom IoT Open Platform – a global connection management platform that will support China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy and accelerate the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services.

The China Telecom IoT Open Platform enables enterprises to deploy, control and scale the management of IoT devices through partnerships. With this platform, enterprise customers can integrate their business processes with the managed connectivity service offered by China Telecom to create highly reliable IoT solutions. China Telecom and its industry customers will use the platform to drive the digital transformation of industries in China and beyond.

Magnus Rahm, Head of Global Service Operations, Ericsson, says: “The IoT market is growing very rapidly and we aim to use our expertise in this area to help our customers capitalize on this opportunity. Together with China Telecom, we can play a key role in realizing the tremendous potential of the IoT by reinventing processes, creating new services, and capturing new revenue.”

The China Telecom IoT Open Platform is powered by Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform – a global, unified platform that is being used by multiple enterprise customers in various industries to manage IoT connection services worldwide. The platform offers enterprise customers reliable connectivity based on service-level agreements and a common, unified overview of devices and access networks.

Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform was launched in 2012 and now supports more than 25 operators and over 2,000 enterprise customers as part of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. Ericsson also collaborates with the Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association to realize the vision of a seamless customer experience with worldwide coverage and superior service quality for IoT applications.

AT&T IoT Solution Helps Keep Beverage Coolers Stocked and Chilled Around the World

End-to-End Solution will Connect Up To 1M Red Bull Beverage Coolers 

AT&T* will connect up to 1 million Red Bull branded beverage coolers around the world.  An AT&T Internet of Things (IoT) solution will track and manage the supply and demand of their beverage coolers globally. AT&T technologists and developers at the AT&T Foundry, centers specialising in tech innovation, worked closely with the Red Bull team and its partners to create the global IoT solution.

The data will help ensure beverages are cold and ready for shoppers. The solution will also help identify issues as they appear – or even before.

Alerts from coolers mean workers may no longer need to check the status of each unit manually. Precise data sent from the coolers will give near instant access to performance, temperature stats and geo-location information.

The data also provides shopper frequency insight from door activity from the coolers located worldwide.  Each time a connected cooler door opens and closes, an embedded monitor collects data and on regular intervals sends the data via the AT&T Global SIM. The AT&T Control Center and AT&T IoT Platform (Flow and M2X) process the data from each cooler.

“Our end-to-end solutions support the near real-time monitoring and analyzing of the global beverage market,” said Thaddeus Arroyo, Chief Executive Officer, Business Solutions & International, AT&T Inc. “This is another great example of collaboration and innovation to create real value for our customers. It streamlines the processes, creates visibility and improves operations, helping drive significant cost savings and return on investment.”

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

Source: AT&T

Sierra Wireless supports the new Google Cloud IoT Core to simplify the adoption of IoT solutions in the enterprise


Google Cloud Leverages Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT expertise to help more customers realize the value of connected devices

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), a leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced support for Google Cloud IoT Core, a fully managed service that allows users to easily and securely connect and manage devices at global scale.

Cloud IoT Core, together with other Google Cloud services, such as Pub/Sub, Dataflow, Bigtable, BigQuery, and Data Studio, provide a complete solution for collecting, processing, analyzing, and visualizing IoT data in real time to support improved operational efficiency.

Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, which includes embedded wireless modules, gateways, and cloud and connectivity services, links businesses to their operational data. The solution provides intelligence at the edge, secured device provisioning and managed services, such as device monitoring and software updates. Sierra Wireless has been working with Google since 2015 to enable Pub/Sub integration of its AirVantage® IoT Platform with Google Cloud services. Now, with support for Google Cloud IoT Core, Sierra Wireless customers have more options to access the entire Google ecosystem out of the box.

Key features of the new Cloud IoT Core solution:

  • End-to-end security – Enable end-to-end security using certificate-based authentication and TLS; devices running Android Things or ones supporting the Cloud IoT Core security requirements can deliver full stack security.
  • Out-of-box data Insights – Use downstream analytic systems by integrating with Google Big Data Analytics and ML services.
  • Serverless infrastructure: Scale instantly without limits using horizontal scaling on Google’s serverless platform.
  • Role-level data control – Apply IAM roles to devices to control access to devices and data.
  • Automatic device deployment – Use REST APIs to automatically manage the registration, deployment and operation of devices at scale.

“Real-time, reliable and actionable processing of information is a complex but critical element of IoT,” said Philippe Guillemette, CTO, Sierra Wireless. “Sierra Wireless’ experience in helping customers deploy more than one hundred million cloud-connected edge devices coupled with Google’s Cloud IoT Core dramatically reduces this complexity for businesses of any size.” 

“Cloud IoT Core was designed to simplify digital transformation by helping customers to leverage Google Cloud’s data analytics and machine learning capabilities and act on insights, in real time, from operational data that was previously inaccessible,” said Adam Massey, Director, Strategic Technology Partners at Google Cloud. “By working with industry leaders like Sierra Wireless, we are expanding the surface of innovation to help more customers realize the value of connected devices for their businesses.”

For more information about Sierra Wireless device-to-cloud solutions, visit http://www.sierrawireless.com.

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Nokia launches new IMPACT platform for fast and secure delivery of IoT services


  • Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT) is for service providers, enterprises and governments wanting a secure application-independent IoT platform to quickly bring services to market
  • IMPACT includes a new release of the industry-leading Motive Connected Device Platform, which has connected and securely managed more than 1.5 billion devices

Nokia is extending its device management leadership into IoT with the launch of the Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT), which gives operators, enterprises and governments a secure platform on which to scale new IoT services. IMPACT handles data collection, event processing, device management, data contextualization, data analytics, end-to-end security and applications enablement for any device, any protocol and across any application.

The new platform, which reflects Nokia’s increasing focus on the fast-growing IoT market, includes Nokia’s Motive Connected Device Platform, the industry’s leading converged device management platform. It provides lifecycle management for more than 80,000 models of broadband, home and IoT devices. The latest edition, released today, integrates all Nokia mobile and IoT device management software.

Nokia IMPACT comes with comprehensive capabilities for all things connected:

  • Scalability: Being cloud-based, customers can add on-demand server capacity to support massive numbers of connected devices. Scaling capacity is also enhanced by the platform’s internal architecture, built from the ground up for extreme scale, security and reliability.
  • Total security: IoT security is under-addressed by the market. As IoT data increases, the more security matters. IMPACT has factored in the increasing security requirements including network, cloud and end-point security. It also implements the latest Lightweight M2M (LWM2M) security model for IoT device management and is backed by Nokia’s extensive security portfolio. This is important as you can’t trust data from an unmanaged source.
  • More devices: Along with supporting 80,000 device models from 100 of the world’s top manufacturers, Motive CDP can detect new device formats that come on the market. It is flexible enough to support multiple deployment and business models including private, public cloud, private cloud, SaaS and transactional. This provides a lower entry cost and ability to scale both up and down. Furthermore, MotiveSmart(TM) certifies how the device and service are used together on an operator’s mobile network.
  • Better devices and network management: Nokia’s services expertise encompasses both devices and networks, allowing issues to be pinpointed back to either the device or the network for comprehensive root cause analysis.

Bhaskar Gorti, president of the Applications & Analytics Business Group at Nokia, said: “Our new IMPACT platform with Motive CDP is particularly strong in device management, security and analytics. These matter because as we work to collect and derive meaning from IoT data, it becomes more valuable to everyone involved – and more crucial to protect.”

IMPACT adds to Nokia’s rapidly expanding IoT portfolio that now contains the four major building blocks of every IoT solution:

  • Applications: Vertical solutions for connected cars, healthcare, first responder, smart cities, smart homes, and utility deployments
  • Platforms: IMPACT IoT platform with Motive Connected Device Platform
  • Infrastructure: Extensive network infrastructure portfolio including leading capabilities in narrow-band and low-power IoT radio solutions
  • Devices and Sensors: Connected devices like the recently acquired Withings and the home gateway announced today.

In February, Nokia announced its IoT Community to help customers develop, test, and implement new IoT business models and launched a USD 350 million IoT investment fund.

Source: Nokia

Gartner Says 6.4 Billion connected “Things” Will Be in Use in 2016, Up 30 Percent from 2015

Gartner Says 6.4 Billion Connected “Things” Will Be in Use in 2016, Up 30 Percent From 2015

Gartner Says 6.4 Billion Connected “Things” Will Be in Use in 2016, Up 30 Percent From 2015

Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016, 5.5 million new things will get connected every day.

Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will support total services spending of $235 billion in 2016, up 22 percent from 2015. Services are dominated by the professional category (in which businesses contract with external providers in order to design, install and operate IoT systems), however connectivity services (through communications service providers) and consumer services will grow at a faster pace.

IoT services are the real driver of value in IoT, and increasing attention is being focused on new services by end-user organisations and vendors,” said Jim Tully, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Enterprises to Bolster IoT Revenue
Mr. Tully said:
“Aside from connected cars, consumer uses will continue to account for the greatest number of connected things, while enterprise will account for the largest spending.”
Gartner estimates that 4 billion connected things will be in use in the consumer sector in 2016, and will reach 13.5 billion in 2020 (see Table 1).

Table 1: Internet of Things Units Installed Base by Category (Millions of Units)
Category 2014 2015 2016 2020
Consumer 2,277 3,023 4,024 13,509
Business: Cross-Industry 632 815 1,092 4,408
Business: Vertical-Specific 898 1,065 1,276 2,880
Grand Total 3,807 4,902 6,392 20,797
Source: Gartner (November 2015)

In terms of hardware spending, consumer applications will amount to $546 billion in 2016, while the use of connected things in the enterprise will drive $868 billion in 2016 (see Table 2).

Table 2: Internet of Things Endpoint Spending by Category (Billions of Dollars)
Category 2014 2015 2016 2020
Consumer 257 416 546 1,534
Business: Cross-Industry 115 155 201 566
Business: Vertical-Specific 567 612 667 911
Grand Total 939 1,183 1,414 3,010
Source: Gartner (November 2015)

In the enterprise, Gartner considers two classes of connected things. The first class consists of generic or cross-industry devices that are used in multiple industries, and vertical-specific devices that are found in particular industries.

Cross-industry devices include connected light bulbs, HVAC and building management systems that are mainly deployed for purposes of cost saving. The second class includes vertical-specific devices, such as specialised equipment used in hospital operating theatres, tracking devices in container ships, and many others.

Mr. Tully, said:

“Connected things for specialised use are currently the largest category, however, this is quickly changing with the increased use of generic devices. By 2020, cross-industry devices will dominate the number of connected things used in the enterprise.”

Source: Gartner

Telefonica I+D unveils new smart buttons with SEUR and Cabify


These devices are 100% independent with integrated, global SIMs, meaning they can operate anywhere worldwide.


  • Telefónica I+D, a market pioneer in the development of smart buttons, has based the buttons on Thinking Things Open, a platform that allows connected objects to be quickly created and complete ecosystems to be deployed in very little time.
  • The buttons introduce the click&go concept meaning the user only has to press the button once to get the service.
  • SEUR is introducing OneClick – an automatic button which, when pressed, will activate a collection delivery service.
  • Cabify offers a button to request a vehicle and print the receipt with the name and number of the driver on it.
Telefónica I+D (R&D) has introduced its latest Internet of Things (IoT) innovation, new smart buttons. These buttons, aimed at enterprise customers who can then give them to their customers, have been developed in association with international shipping company, SEUR, and online private driver service, Cabify. They will significantly improve product acquisition, service access and the support of business clients from various sectors such as transport, logistics and retail. Telefónica’s smart buttons introduce the click&go concept powered by Thinking Things Open, a platform that allows the creation of connected objects quickly and the deployment of entire ecosystems in a very short time. This means that with a single click of a button a specified action is triggered immediately – this could be everything from ordering a taxi to a pizza.
Telefónica I+D is a global pioneer in creating smart buttons which are entirely developed by the Spanish company. SEUR and Cabify are the first examples of these smart buttons in full use. In the case of SEUR, their OneClick solution will enable automatic collection requests with just a click, streamlining the process by automatically generating a package collection order. This will be available for business clients, both large and small, that use standard services and frequent collection requests. A pilot of this service, available on the seur.com website, will launch in Madrid from
September and will likely be expanded throughout the rest of Spain in due course.
Similarly, Cabify will see the process for ordering a taxi greatly simplified. By pressing the Cabify button customers can choose the type of vehicle they want, print a receipt with the name and phone number of the driver and receive details of the car and driver assigned to collect them.
Telefónica’s smart buttons are 100% independent and do not need a smartphone or PC to operate, due to their integrated SIM. This greatly simplifies the use as people do not need to configure the device in order to connect to a WiFi network or a device, they just work. Moreover, the buttons work anywhere in the world with a global SIM, which simplifies the process of deploying these devices in large multinationals and international companies. As testament to this, Cabify intends to offer its button service to the other countries in which it operates, including Mexico, Peru and Chile.
Telefónica I+D completed its first pilot project of its smart buttons with Telepizza when the company launched Click&Pizza in November last year. This gave Telepizza customers the ability to order their favourite pizza at the push of a button. Telefónica also recently
announced an IoT collaboration with Samsung in this area.
Moving forward, Telefónica I+D will offer a white-label button based on their open IoT platform. This will allow a variety of enterprises to simply configure and customise the button to create experiences that meet the specific needs of all types of businesses and
Source: Telefonica

Smart Agriculture: Orange Business Services delivers M2M connectivity services to Dacom


Tens of thousands of connected devices in 30 countries will enable smart agriculture systems

Orange Business Services is delivering a scalable communications  infrastructure and managed machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity  services to Dacom, an innovative high-tech company that develops and  supplies ICT and sensor solutions that provide yield optimization to  arable farms around the world. The managed M2M solution from Orange  Business Services will enable Dacom to connect tens of thousands of  devices for its agricultural customers in more than 30 countries around  the globe.

Dacom uses M2M technology to enable farming success

Dacom  is an innovative high-tech company that develops and supplies  specialized hardware, software and online advisory services to arable  farms and the agribusiness around the world. All data is combined on the  same platform, delivering unrivaled flexibility. Through its scalable  communications infrastructure, Orange Business Services will collect and  transmit information from Dacom’s  connected devices, including sensors  such as weather stations and soil moisture sensors. By combining sensor  technology, Internet and scientific knowledge, growers can continuously  monitor and fine-tune their production process throughout the growing  season and crop information is easily sharable with the surrounding  partners. The agribusiness can continuously anticipate and optimize raw  material supply through the consultation of field data and smart  modules. This results in the maximum yield achievable through the  economically sound and responsible use of agri-inputs likes chemicals,  water and nutrients.

M2M solution from Orange Business Services delivers business benefits

Orange  Business Services’ scalable infrastructure guarantees reliable and  seamless data transfers, which will communicate through Orange’s  international M2M communications network. Dacom achieves tangible  business benefits from having a single global provider of all of its M2M  communication infrastructure, such as:

  • seamless SIM card ordering, activation and tracking through a dedicated portal;
  • one price per SIM card regardless of location; and
  • scalable connectivity reaching 220 countries and territories.

“The  M2M communications infrastructure provided by Orange Business Services  is key to Dacom’s go-to-market strategy as the customers are requiring  global support and connectivity,” said Janneke Hadders, managing  director, Dacom. “Orange is our partner of choice because of the  company’s international footprint and smart agriculture ambition. Our  partnership has the potential to support us with managed services for  Dacom’s platform, not only today, but also in the future.”

Orange Business Services provides unique Smart Agriculture expertise

Smart  Agriculture is a vertical within the Orange Smart Cities &  Territories strategic program with an ambition is to provide a  diversified, coherent multi-solution offering for agriculture and  agri-food companies. Digital services are becoming more accessible in  the agricultural world and farmers are more aware of the opportunities  that new technologies provide. Orange Business Services offers that  support Agriculture include solutions to connect sensors for fields,  machines and livestock monitoring, agricultural machinery tracking and  traceability and shipping control.

“Through its Smart  Agriculture vertical, Orange Business Services aspires to let  agriculture’s stakeholders benefit from its expertise as an operator and  integrator, through an open, innovative approach,” said Nathalie  Leboucher, head of Orange Smart Cities & Territories. “We believe  that by combining our solutions with the solutions created by Dacom, we  can help farmers enable digital services usage and support them in their  day-to-day decision making.”

Source: Orange

The M2M World Alliance unveils solution for Global adoption of M2M communications

17 December 2013, London – The M2M World Alliance, which is comprised of Etisalat, KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefonica, Telstra and VimpelCom, today officially unveiled its solution which aims to simplify and promote the adoption of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications worldwide.

The unique solution will leverage the operators’ combined global presence to the benefit of customers who are looking for a regional or global M2M deployment. It allows companies to enjoy connectivity throughout the Alliance coverage area with in-market rates. Additional benefits include easier compliance with local market regulations and the potential for multinationals to provide global technical support from a single market.

The name ‘M2M World Alliance’ has recently been created to identify the group’s coordinated operations. Its multi-coloured logo represents the Alliance’s aspiration to coordinate the delivery of M2M services globally.

“We believe that our unique and seamless solution will drive rapid growth in the adoption of M2M communications worldwide by giving our customers the ability to operate connected devices globally at a reduced cost,” said Angel David Garcia Barrio, Chairman of the M2M World Alliance. “With operations in more than 60 countries, the Alliance’s global footprint presents multinational organizations with a seamless approach to deploying connected devices in multiple countries at one time.”

M2M communications are used when machines – a broad term for equipment used in all sorts of industries, including consumer electronics, utilities, agriculture and construction – connect and exchange information with information technology infrastructure. It is considered by many as the latest stage in the internet’s evolution: when cyberspace reaches beyond the traditional confines of computers to connect to any device with a microprocessor.

Major growth areas identified by the M2M World Alliance for its global solution include connected cars, fleet management, smart meters, consumer electronics, game consoles, wearable electronics, telehealth and security solutions.

“The solution, articulated through the Alliance members, will offer the best services support, more optimized processes and a more contrasted experience. We are totally convinced, this innovative solution, will raise the interest of a considerable number of customers through a plethora of sectors.” Said Carlos Morales, Telefónica Global M2M Managing Director.

Global M2M connections will grow from approximately two billion today to reach 18 billion in 2022, according to a study by Machina Research, a London-based consulting firm focused on emerging opportunities with new forms of connected device.

Details of the Alliance’s products and coverage areas can be found on its new website, www.m2mworldalliance.com.

M2M will be adopted by 50% of organisations by 2015 according to report by Vodafone

Vodafone report shows 50% of organisations will have adopted M2M by 2015


Vodafone’s first annual ‘M2M adoption barometer’ report,  finds that 50% of companies surveyed will have adopted the technology by 2015.

  • Smaller organisations starting to adopt M2M faster than larger enterprises
  • M2M adoption in Asia Pacific set to overtake the Americas
  • Manufacturing & consumer electronics industry set to lead M2M growth
  • 78% of respondents see M2M adoption as crucial to business success

The report highlights three critical trends that are set to drive M2M adoption in the near term. Firstly, the falling costs of M2M hardware is set to lead to a major acceleration in adoption. Secondly, take-up is set to be especially high among smaller organisations – in fact in the next two years they will overtake large enterprises which have deployed M2M most widely to-date. Thirdly, the manufacturing and consumer electronics market will grow faster than any other sector due to increased demand for connected devices such as e-readers with seamless content download, connected game consoles and smart TVs, as well as manufacturers trying to innovate in order to out-compete low cost rivals.

The report also points out a dramatic change in the geographic spread of M2M adoption.  Although the Americas currently use M2M more widely than any other region, in the next two years it will fall behind Asia Pacific. Europe is also likely to show accelerated uptake following closely behind Asia Pacific.

Adoption Drivers & Barriers

The report highlights that the benefits organisations receive from M2M differ from what they expected. It found that companies already using M2M reported the main benefits to be improvements to business efficiency, agility and customer service. However, those still in the planning stage expect the top benefits to be cost savings, efficiency improvements and competitive advantage. The chief barriers to adoption are currently high expected costs and security concerns although the report shows these both diminish as companies roll out the technology.

Erik Brenneis, Director of M2M, Vodafone, said, “This report highlights that the next two years are going to be the real game changer for the industry. Smaller companies will, for the first time, be able to reap the benefits of M2M. Adoption in Asia Pacific will challenge the current established players and I think that we are clearly at a tipping point for many industry sectors. Overall, wherever you are in the M2M world this is an exciting time.“

Steve Hilton, principal analyst at Analysys Mason, said, “Economies of scale combined with industry tailored packages mean M2M adoption is set to undergo rapid acceleration in the coming years. The impact of M2M on business efficiency can’t be overstated making it an essential ingredient for the future of most, if not all, industries. This means there is going to be a race to deploy to ensure competitive advantage.”

Currently, the automotive sector has adopted M2M most widely (19%) due to the growth in connected cars. It is followed by energy & utilities (13%), where it is used for smart metering; transport & logistics (12%), where it is used for fleet and asset management; manufacturing and consumer electronics (11%),where it is used for asset tracking and connected consumer tech; and consumer goods and retail (10%) where it is used for supply chain management.

Specialist B2B research firm Circle Research surveyed 327 executives involved in setting M2M strategy for their organisations which operated in five key industries – automotive, energy & utilities, manufacturing, transport & logistics and retail – across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

The full report is freely available for download from http://m2m.vodafone.com/barometer2013.