October 23, 2014 — Emerging technologies within Small Cells, and Wi-F will offer up new gateways to deliver a host of products and services. By implementing edge clouds, which, in this scenario, take the form of powerful, on-premises software gateways, edge cloud technology provides the dedicated intelligence to support this next level of internetworking.
Through lightweight virtualization, these software hosted gateways can run multiple services applied to the particular location they are installed in, such as:
• Machine-to-machine (M2M) scenarios – Using “smartdust,” micro-electromechanical sensors (MEMS), and other sensors, edge cloud services have the ability to connect to a plethora of monitoring services such as surveillance, environment, building controls, traffic, infrastructures…the list goes on and on.
• Retail solutions – Having the ability to locate and communicate with mobile devices, there is an opportunity to deliver higher value to the consumers and the malls. For example delivering content based on location, implementing augmented reality, improving the overall shopping experience or dealing with secure online payment.
• Stadiums, airports, stations, theatres – Specific services can help manage all types of crowded places, in particular to deal with safety, security, evacuation or to provide new kinds of services to the public. For example, stadiums could broadcast (or multicast) live content to the public or airports could guide passengers to their gates through an augmented reality service. All these applications would leverage local content and conditions to be specifically adapted to their audience.
• Big data and analytics: Last but not least, the information gathered at this key point in the network can be leveraged as part of a bigger analytics initiative.
Ernest Worthman is the editor of AGL Small Cell Magazine.
July 23, 2014–While machine-to-machine (M2M) adoption has increased 80 percent in the last year, the United States and Europe lag behind Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, according to an executive survey published by Vodafone and Machina Research.
M2M is set to continue its growth pattern from 4.4 billion connected devices this year to 10.3 billion by 2018, according to Machina Research.
The adoption rate in the Americas grew from 13 percent to 17 percent, while adoption in Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific (AMEAP) jumped 15 percentage points up to 27 percent since 2013. The variation in M2M uptake results from the diversity in applications, according to the report.
“It’s not a single type of application that is being adopted universally. Whether it’s usage-based insurance in Italy, stolen vehicle recovery in South Africa or smart cities initiatives in China, certain countries, and regions, have particular quirks in terms of which verticals have seen the most substantial growth,” wrote Matt Hatton, principal analyst, Machina Research.
Although the applications of M2M are diverse, three sectors have emerged with nearly 30 percent adoption rates: automotive, consumer electronics, and energy and utilities. In cars, M2M enables remote maintenance and infotainment. Smart homes and offices use M2M intelligent heating/cooling and connected security.
Nearly three quarters of consumer electronics companies will adopt some form of M2M by
2016, whether for new products, logistics or production.
“Consumer electronics is undeniably becoming a leader: its percentage of adoption has increased to 29 percent; and based on this year’s responses it should maintain that lead until at least 2016,” according to the report.
What is M2M?
Machina Research defines M2M as the plumbing for the Internet of Things, connecting devices and transferring data.
“M2M is becoming fundamental to how organizations do business; in some cases, M2M adoption is also creating new business opportunities. These technologies are radically changing the way in which companies serve — and communicate with — their customers,” Hatton wrote.
J. Sharpe Smith is the editor, AGL Link and AGL Small Cell Link, and is a contributor to AGL magazine