Mobile and Wireless – How to Gain the Advantage

It took 100 years to build 1 billion fixed phone lines, but It only took 20 years to add 5 billion mobile subscribers. According to estimates, there will be 9.3 billion mobile subscriptions in 2019 and many of these will be activated on advanced networks featuring 4G LTE technology. Some of the pending growth in mobile subscribers will come from … Read More

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The InSecurity of Everything…

At our M2M Waveguide Events that toured Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary in October, one question surfaced in every city – yep “What about security when we start connecting everything to the enterprise?”… To which our industry partners represented by – Niclas Andersson, Director with the Deutsche Telekom M2M Competence Center, Eric Simmons, General Manager M2M with Rogers and Larry … Read More

M2M: The Opportunity for Canada

As written by CIO Canada Magazine, October 2013 Issue Businesses around the world are realizing the benefits from new era of communications; one that Canadian industry cannot afford to lag, but in which we also have a strong opportunity to lead. Just as Canada has led in wireless innovation in the past, Canadian businesses once again have an opportunity to lead, as … Read More

How Canada can lead in telecom innovation once again

As appeared in Globe and Mail, September 2013. Imagine technology solutions that could help save $400-billion in healthcare costs, reduce the average commute time by one full week annually, and cut carbon emissions by 27 million tonnes in developed and developing countries. Sound like fiction? These and many other capabilities will be powered by the next great wave of wireless innovation, and … Read More

A rose by any other name… Part 2

Part 1 of this blog explained how systems referred to as the Internet of Things, Industrial Internet, and Smarter Planet are all based on machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and essentially very similar in nature. Each of these systems makes amazing applications possible, by receiving information from, and controlling remote assets, device or things. But how does a ‘centralized’ application interact with, … Read More

A rose by any other name… Part I

The Internet of Things, The Industrial Internet, The Smarter Planet, The Internet of Everything….  There will no doubt be several other names for this particular rose before it has fully bloomed.  But are these things all truly the same, and how do they relate to M2M?  Part 1 of this post will point out some of the similarities and differences … Read More

What businesses can learn from the booming wearable technology industry

Business Intelligence / Customer Insights In 2012, 30 million wearable, wireless monitoring devices were sold in the U.S. That figure spiked 37% from the number sold in 2011. In the “2013 Internet Trends” report released by KPCB a few months ago, Mary Meeker and Liang Wu noted an unusual pattern in computing cycles: the first cycle was Smartphones, followed 10 … Read More

The future is connected

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is revolutionizing many areas of the global economy. At present, over 100 million vending machines, vehicles, smoke alarms, and other devices share information automatically. In 2012, Deutsche Telekom launched its M2M Marketplace and the M2M Developer Community to support solution developers and end-users in the growing market. What are we expecting for 2013? Further growth in the … Read More

M2M meets big data analytics

Solutions based on machine-to-machine (M2M) communication support us today in many areas of our life and work. The amount of data collected by M2M is increasing day by day, and it has a greater potential than we have so far suspected. M2M solutions today collect all kinds of information, from the temperature and GPS coordinates of a refrigerated container to … Read More

Construction industry is custom-built for M2M solutions

We are starting to see machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions in many areas of our lives – from bridge toll devices and tracking on courier packages to remote medical monitoring. With more than 50 billion connected devices projected by 2020, M2M solutions are the next big opportunity for Canadian wireless companies. M2M opportunities in mining, manufacturing and agriculture were outlined in my … Read More

Growing opportunities for M2M in agriculture

With the mobile phone market close to saturation in North America, the next big opportunity is machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, such as smart meters for hydro, bridge toll devices and climate control technologies.  My previous posts explored M2M opportunities for Canadian wireless companies in mining and manufacturing. My focus here is agriculture, where there are both opportunities and significant barriers. There … Read More

Where are the Canadian solutions for M2M in manufacturing?

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are the next big opportunity for wireless companies. M2M solutions include energy smart meters, bridge toll devices and remote medical monitoring. Canadian companies that seize this opportunity stand to reap huge rewards. In my last post, I looked at M2M opportunities in mining. This time, it’s manufacturing, where demand is growing for M2M solutions. Canada’s manufacturing industry … Read More

M2M opportunities in the Canadian mining industry

It’s big business in Canada: $8.4 billion for primary mining extraction operations. Canadian mining companies are under pressure to improve productivity in existing mines rather than develop new sites. Technology, particularly M2M solutions, can help. There is a tremendous opportunity for Canadian wireless companies to provide M2M solutions for the mining industry – both in Canada and abroad. Canadian firms … Read More