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Signals Ahead: M2M – toward the Internet of things

  • ID: 2310213
  • November 2012
  • 26 Pages
  • Signals Research Group, LLC
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Machine to Machine, or M2M, is seen as the next phase of growth for the wireless industry after voice (2G) and broadband data services (3G and 4G). Cisco’s Internet Business Services Group (IBSG) and other research organizations predict there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2050 while mobile operators routinely mention each subscriber owning 4-5 devices, resulting in 400% to 500% penetration levels with M2M services. These projections are very optimistic, but even if a fraction of these projections materialize it still represents a high growth opportunity for operators.

Even though operators have been offering M2M services for a decade, they have so far approached each M2M service as a separate silo. Each service is implemented by different organizations with their own set of service and management platforms. In many cases, the operator’s role itself is limited
to providing connectivity for the devices.

The new operator vision for M2M expands the concept further to enable connectivity across a broad range of verticals, including transportation, telematics, healthcare and smart grid. In this context, M2M seeks to define a broad and common infrastructure for deployment in any vertical market. Unfortunately, while the mobile network will not require READ MORE >

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M2M and IoT

M2M Architecture

M2M Service Layer Platforms

Connectivity Device Platforms (CDP)

Application Enablement Platforms (AEP)

Mobile Network Challenges for M2M

Technical Issues

IP Addressing
Mobility Issues
Device/Subscription Management
Device Triggers
Device Monitoring
M2M Device Identifiers
Group based optimization
Low power consumption
2G versus 3G
Other connectivity options

M2M Gateways

M2M Middleware

Evolving Business Models

Global Footprint for M2M

Which IMSI to use

M2M Service Providers (or M2M MVNOs)

Charging Models - ARPU or ARPM

SIM Evolution

Embedded SIMs
SIM Personalization
Final Thoughts
Index of Figures
Figure 1. M2M Architecture
Figure 2. M2M Platform Functions

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