Telecom Asia — India’s Department of Telecom is drawing up ‘Know Your Customers’ guidelines to ensure the easy availability of mobile SIMs for M2M devices such as CCTV cameras and ACs to be deployed mainly in smart cities. The guidelines would allow transfer of SIMs, among others. At present, norms bar transfer of SIMs, mandate strict subscriber verification and do not allow a person to own more than nine SIMs.
ZDNet — The Singapore government has unveiled plans to merge two key industry agencies as well as create a new entity to oversee ICT deployments in the public sector. The moves are part of efforts to better reflect industry changes and drive digital transformation of government services, according to Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim.
Networks Asia — In 2015, the Internet of Things continued to explode for both enterprises and consumers — and this will continue into 2016. In fact, Vodafone’s M2M Barometer found that more than a quarter of all companies worldwide are now using M2M technologies. In fact, companies in the Africa, Middle East and Asia / Pacific (AMEAP) region went further with an adoption rate of over 35%, outperforming other regions around the world.
Fierce Wireless — According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the global number of cellular M2M subscribers increased by 23 percent during 2015 to reach 265.2 million at the end of the year. East Asia was the largest regional market with 90.4 million M2M subscribers, followed by Western Europe and North America with 59.0 million and 52.5 million respectively.
The IT industry tends to overhype new developments. Within APAC, for example, much-hyped cloud computing has only been adopted to any significant degree in developed economies. The last few years have seen much hype on the transformative potential of the IoT. But M2M technology and the use of IoT tech in the transportation and logistics sectors are nothing new. Radical transformation in the way we live and work driven by the IoT remains away.
Ejinsight — Asia is leading the charge when it comes to Machine-to-Machine (M2M) adoption, and Hong Kong could be one of the region’s top innovation hubs in M2M. According to Vodafone’s M2M Barometer Report 2015, the Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific (AMEAP) region saw overall M2M adoption rates grow from 27 per cent to 35 per cent over the past year – the largest growth in any region in the survey.
PUNE — India: The Asia-Pacific (APAC) market represents a significant opportunity for service providers in the Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M service space. This report examines the size of the M2M opportunity in APAC, provides regional insight into the vertical use cases driving M2M adoption, and outlines strategies taken by communications service providers (CSPs) to access the region’s markets and capture the M2M opportunity.
Metering — At the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) headquarters in France earlier this month, 29 organisations and companies tested their equipment against each another to demonstrate the interoperability of the oneM2M standard, reports M2Mnow. Those in attendance at the event, which was co-hosted by the Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea, also gave feedback on how to improve the specifications.
ZDNet — Telstra is looking to stay ahead of the curve by encouraging technological innovation through collaboration with startups, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) — but said that ensuring its network continues to be the best in Australia is still at the core of its business, and the driving force behind being able to deliver these capabilities.
RFID Journal — During the past five years, Impinj China, the Shanghai-based division of RFID technology provider Impinj, says it has seen the demand for passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology increasing across Asia. Leading that momentum are consumer goods manufacturers in China, with factories employing RFID technology for work-in-progress (WIP) and logistics-visibility applications, according to Yue Xi Savage, Impinj’s VP of Asia-Pacific (APAC).
PRNewswire — LONDON: Intel, a world leader in computing innovation, and Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company, today announced that they are joining the International M2M Council (IMC), a global trade association for the growing industry known as the Internet of Things. IMC, which has quickly gained over 10,000 members, comprised almost entirely of OEMs, enterprise users, and applications developers, aims to boost understanding and sales in IoT.
PRNewswire — LONDON: India sensors market is one of the fastest growing markets in Asia-Pacific. Rising security concerns and growing trend towards miniaturization are shifting the focus of consumers to smart devices, which make extensive use of various sensors, in particular, touch and image sensors. Increase in sales of consumer electronics and medical devices is also contributing to growth of sensors market in the country.
Eco Business — Southeast Asia’s leading IoT and M2M thought leaders will be gathering in Jakarta, in August, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of IoT/M2M in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Among the leading thinkers are Telkomsel President Director, Ririek Adriansyah, and Mr. Bambang Heru Tjahjono, Director General for ICT Applications at Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. They will be speaking at the Asia IoT Business Platform.
Developing Telecoms — UAE headquartered Etisalat are extending their M2M and IoT services for enterprise customers throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia in a new partnership with Oberthur Technologies. The partnership will offer the region’s first tailored M2M and IoT services across Middle East, Asia and Africa. Using Oberthur’s M-Sense solution, Etisalat affiliates will extend their M2M and IoT service offering beyond simple connectivity, enabling their Enterprise customers to fully benefit from the growing M2M and IoT market.
Telecom Asia — I had the great honour of being part of an expert panel at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai earlier this month discussing the pros and cons of M2M, IoT and big data – and all that in just ninety minutes! In keeping with the current optimism around all three topics, moderator Godfrey Chua, from Machina Research; David Yuan from Ericsson; Kangrim Choi from Korea Telecom and Alfred Boediman from Samsung all gave very positive outlooks for the future in their introductory presentations.
Deal Street Asia — Southeast Asia’s leading Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) thought leaders will be gathering in Jakarta in August during the Asia IoT Business Platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges of growing the IoT/M2M space in Southeast Asia.
Your Communication News — The GSMA’s largest-ever mobile industry event, Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWC), attracted more than 35,000 attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and press/analysts from all over the world. During the event, Billion’s outdoor fixed wireless 4G LTE CPE equipment, fleet tracking and in-vehicle telematics system were showcased by Sierra Wireless, who has announced Billion to become its official partner in Asia.
PYMNTS — Oberthur, the digital security firm focused on mobile, and Etisalat Group, a telecom provider based in the UAE, are extending their collaboration to bring machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) services to the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The companies said in a Wednesday (July 22) statement that the push in the M2M and IoT realms will look to more fully engage enterprise customers and bring those services beyond connectivity.
Deal Street Asia — Billion Electric Co Ltd, a global ICT solution and networking CPE provider from Taiwan, plans to enter the market for broadband infrastructure in Indonesia, the company said in a statement. The company will be launching its comprehensive portfolios of mobile and broadband networking (xDSL, Fiber, 3G/4G LTE, M2M) equipment in the country.
Telecom Asia — The Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M have become hot topics in ICT industries touching most if not all vertical industries, with a wide variety of devices and objects to be connected, and large numbers of devices and connections forecasted by leading industry players and research firms. Analysys Mason forecasts the number of revenue-generating M2M connections to reach 3.4 billion worldwide in 2024, with APAC contributing 1.8 billion.
Business Wire — Billion, based in Taiwan, was founded in 1973 as a leading provider of B2B networking solutions and Smart City technologies in Asia Pacific. Since 1992, Billion has invested in the development of advanced networking equipment and Internet access devices for home, telecommuters, and SME users. Billion manufactures, designs, and distributes its wholly owned, award-winning networking equipment to partners based in Europe, America, Middle East, Africa, and APAC.
Light Reading — Huawei is teaming up with China Unicom Shanghai and China Unicom Research Institute to advance work on LTE-M, the low-power, slower-speed version of 4G — or 4.5G as it calls it — that is slated to power machine-to-machine (M2M) communications of the future. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. said Monday that the trio has begun collaborating on a cellular Internet of Things (IoT) pilot based on LTE-Machine to Machine (LTE-M) in Shanghai.
Trade Arabia — Etisalat Group, one of the leading telecommunications operators in Middle East, Africa and Asia, is to launch the region’s first Internet of Things (IoT) application development and device management platform. Etisalat will be working with Oberthur Technologies (OT) and ThingWorx, a PTC Business, both global industry leaders in the field of IoT solutions, to build and manage the platform as Etisalat’s partners.
IoT Evolution World — Over the past 15 years, the team at M2M Connectivity & M2M One have coached, consulted, celebrated and at times commiserated with thousands of hopeful developers trying to make their mark on the M2M and IoT landscape in Australia. This series of blog posts is designed to pass on some M2M 101 style tips to developers looking to get into the space.
Machine to Machine Magazine — Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces that NTT Docomo, the largest mobile operator in Japan with about 65 million subscribers, has selected Gemalto to enable connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Gemalto’s Cinterion® Machine Identification Module (MIM) complies with the most stringent industry standards1 and was first to meet the high quality requirements of the Japanese market.
IoT Evolution World — In an announcement made June 29, Juniper Research reported that it expects the Far East and China region to account for 22 percent of all global cellular M2M connections by 2019, which is a substantial increase from 2014, when it was at 15 percent. The new research, called “M2M & Embedded Devices: Strategic Analysis and Vertical Market Forecasts 2015-2019,” found that concerted efforts by China’s major carriers, particularly in smart metering and connected cars, will account for the rise of connected devices in China.
Developments in M2M set to speed up smart grid deploymentsBy making the electricity grid ‘intelligent’ and adding telecoms to it, the power will eventually move away from the electricity companies and be directed towards the customers, who will be able to control their energy consumption through sensors, M2M devices, and the internet of things (IoT). Europe and North America are rated as the most advanced adopters of smart grid and smart metering technology, but the market is expected to shift increasingly towards Asia and the developing world.
HONG KONG – Canada-based Sierra Wireless, a world leader in the internet of things (IoT) and maker of cellular wireless solutions for M2M, has expanded its R&D facilities and business operations in the Hong Kong Science Park to support its fast-growing products and solutions business. Sierra Wireless has been a key partner company of the Information and Communications Technology Cluster of Hong Kong Science Park for ten years. The latest expansion is a major step forward which attests to the close relationship between the two corporations.
Telstra has won an extension to a 15-year-partnership with mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu, signing a three-year extension valued at $23 million. Under the deal, Telstra will continue to provide voice, data and mobile services as well as machine-to-machine and cloud services to the company. The telco will help Komatsu extend a recent trial of M2M technology, which Komatsu said had allowed the company to remotely download performance diagnostic data from more than 700 pieces of Komatsu equipment on mine sites without human interaction.
NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecom is likely to come out with a policy structure on machine-to- machine technology by the end of this fiscal. “We are working on the policy side of M2M technology for the past eight months and it is likely to come out within this financial year,” a source in DoT said. The source added that the Telecommunication Engineering Centre ,an unit of DoT, is working on framing the standards for M2M communications, or Internet of things, but its not certain by when the final standards will be out.