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  1. 1. ISSN 1868-9558 Journal 20 December 2013 5 From factory to living room M2M Security: considerations to address growing concerns 13 The impact of the M2M solutions of the agricultural industry to other sectors 16 www.m2m-alliance.de The future of M2M & IoT – Visions for 2020
  2. 2. Take your connected device idea to market faster! Partner with Telit – m2m’s ONE-STOP-SHOP for all your Cellular, Short Range Wireless, Positioning, Services and Connectivity needs. Most popular short range standards Help modeling m2m for lower total cost of ownership Industry’s broadest cellular module portfolio Consulting for complete m2m application hardware architecture Post-launch scale-up assistance Highest technology positioning (GNSS) modules Services and connectivity pre-launch customization Cellular module management, value-added services and connectivity provider Advisory services selecting an m2m hardware Assistance in hardware design process – design reviews Help planning your next generation products Manufacturing process validation testing Device certification assistance services Telit is m2m’s top ONE-STOP-SHOP offering synergistic hardware and value-added services bundles. Telit connects organizations to the Internet of Things (IoT) allowing them to wirelessly collect, process and respond to real-world data from connected devices, creating new efficiencies, revenue streams, societal and personal benefits. Complete, Ready to Use Access to the Internet of Things + + Telit Modules Value-added services including Connectivity Join the Telit Technical Forum For a quicker and more rewarding integration experience join the Telit Technical Forum. There you can browse the first open forum covering all m2m topics, get direct support by region (EMEA, North America, Latin America, APAC), take part in this q quickly growing m2m community and exchange experiences. ET NI ES www.telit.com www.m2mAIR.com www.telit.com/techforum www.telit.com/ebook www.telit.com/facebook www.telit.com/twitter
  3. 3. Editorial Eric Schneider 1st Chairman M2M Alliance e. V. Dear Reader, Welcome to the latest edition of the M2M journal of the M2M Alliance. This time we take a look into the future. That M2M applications are now part of our daily life, is not something we need to highlight. The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has meanwhile established itself. This in itself proves the new understanding and immense potential, when one talks about networked economy. Regardless of this, when one regards the circulated figures of networked machines and equipment, it is clear, that we will be networking even more elements with one another in the near future. These intelligent solutions will help us to simplify our lives further. Through automated data transfers, we will save considerable resources, provide more security to critical sectors and react in advance, before something goes wrong. M2M applications will support us to master the demographic change. Older and needy folk will be able to live longer in their familiar environments, instead of feeling ostracized and pushed out. Additionally, we will enable and experience a new product experience in many sectors. Just thinking about where we once began and what technical advances I have personally experienced, makes me smile – for example, my first Commodore computer – the C64 with dataset and acoustic coupler, the first modem, BTX / X25, ISDN and many more. When I was younger one was already saying, that these technical advances would double every year. Travel back in time to 1995 when the first GSM modems came onto the market. Before our eyes, we saw the increase of circuit-switched data transfers standards from speeds of 2400, to 4800 to 9600 baud. Think about the new services and SMS standards from GPRS to the current LTE / 4G. It goes without saying that not all the IoT elements will communicate with each other over mobile phone networks, but mobile technologies and solutions show particularly clearly, how flexible the subject is. Each of these innovations begins with the necessary vision. Perhaps you will feel as I do after this short trip back in time, and look forward to finding out the latest IoT development. I don’t wish to detain you any further and wish you exciting and informative reading. As with past editions, I of course welcome all of your feedback regarding our current publication. Your Eric Schneider M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 3
  4. 4. Contents Editorial Notes Contents M2M Journal The M2M Journal is a magazine that focuses on M2M (machine-to-machine communication) worldwide. Our readers are businesses in the M2M community, such as wholesalers and users of M2M solutions. Editorial by Eric Schneider, Chairman M2M Alliance e.V. ...............................................3 The content includes: Theoretical foundations, new products and processes, reference projects and services, information from the M2M Alliance and the M2M community, corporate presentations, trade show reports, news, book reviews, etc., as well as opinions from M2M experts. Main Topic From factory to living room by Jürgen Hase (Deutsche Telekom AG)................................5 Impact of M2M on society by Oozi Cats (Telit Communications Group) ...........................6 Enablers and Inhibitors driving the further adoption of IoT by Bernd Wunderlich (IBM Deutschland GmbH) ............................................................7 The M2M MVNO model will become common practice in 2020 by Jérôme Datchary (Transatel) ................................................................................... 8 Distribution This bimonthly journal is published in English and only in electronic format. It can be ordered free of charge. Order the M2M Journal by e-mail from office@m2m-alliance.de. The M2M Journal is posted as a Portable Document Format (PDF)-File at www.m2m-alliance.de. M2M is part of daily life: New communication challenges by Dr. Günter Bleimann-Gather (TEMA Technologie Marketing AG).................................9 Editor M2M Alliance e. V. Theaterstr. 74 52062 Aachen Germany Phone: +49 2 41 8 89 70-51 Fax: +49 2 41 8 89 70-42 e-mail: office@m2m-alliance.de URL: www.m2m-alliance.de Is 6LoWPAN the Esperanto for the Internet of Things? by Harald Naumann ....................11 Executive Board Eric Schneider, MediaanABS Deutschland GmbH (1st Chairman) Jürgen Hase, Deutsche Telekom AG (2nd Chairman) Prof. Dr. Jens Böcker, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University (Secretary) Joachim Dressler, Sierra Wireless Ltd. (Treasurer) Editorial Office TEMA Technologie Marketing AG Hermann Pilgram (Editor in chief) Dennis Breuer Theaterstr. 74 52062 Aachen Phone: +49 2 41 8 89 70-0 e-mail: redaktion@m2m-alliance.de Advertising TEMA Technologie Marketing AG Dennis Breuer Phone: +49 2 41 8 89 70-74 Fax: +49 2 41 8 89 70-42 e-mail: dennis.breuer@m2m-alliance.de Products and Developments “Early Engagement” of compliance requirements by Joe Lomako (Underwriters Laboratories) ................................................................ 10 Short-range low power wireless devices and M2M / Internet-of-things by Rolf Nilsson (connectBlue AB) ............................................................................... 12 M2M Security: considerations to address growing concerns by Olivier Beaujard (Sierra Wireless) .......................................................................... 13 Cyber Physical System „CareLAN“ zur Fernwartung von Produktionsanlagen by Thorsten Eller (OKIT GmbH) ................................................................................... 14 Applications and References Water – The next frontier for M2M? by Sue Rutherford (SkyWave Mobile Communications) ............................................... 15 The impact of M2M solutions of the agricultural industry to other sectors by Dr. Bettina Horster(VIVAI Software AG) a.o. ............................................................ 16 Precise real-time data for optimising freight transportation by Dirk Esser (Vodafone) ........................................................................................... 18 M2M and Companies M2M Alliance joins Eclipse Foundation ......................................................................... 19 New member of the M2M Alliance e.V.: doubleSlash Net-Business GmbH ......................... 19 Events ......................................................................................................................20 Picture credits M2M Alliance and specified companies Copyright © M2M Alliance 2013 – Further editorial submission of articles in the M2M Journal is welcomed. Please send a specimen copy to the editor or, if published online, send the URL per e-mail to redaktion@m2m-alliance.de. Despite of thorough examination, the editorial staff and publishing company cannot be held liable for the accuracy of publications. Contributions with a by-line showing the name or initials of the author do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editorial staff. – 20 December 2013 www.m2m-alliance.de 4 M2M Journal 20 | 13/12
  5. 5. Main Topic From factory to living room The Internet of Things is expanding, and connected cars and industrial plants are just the beginning. The granulate of connected items and areas is growing finer and finer. Whether smart coffee cups and intelligent ballpoint pens join its ranks any time soon remains to be seen. What can be said for sure, however, is that we have entered a new phase of networking, and a glance at upcoming trends will show us what awaits us. M2M will vanish. In keeping with Mark Weiser’s dictum, the most far-reaching technologies will integrate themselves into everyday life, become a matter of course, and by virtue of being ubiquitous they will no longer be perceptible. Automated data interchange between things that are around us is one such technology. In individual areas such as fleet management, M2M solutions are already indispensable. In the future they will extend to more and more areas – both in day-to-day business and in private life. More connections, more knowledge Falling prices and the miniaturization and energy-efficiency of modules and sensors are key drivers of this development. The smaller, the less expensive and the more energy-saving they become, the more attractive it will be to connect even seemingly trivial objects such as items of furniture. Today, next to nobody would think of putting an office chair on the Internet with the aid of a box that costs €50, but if the box the size of a cigarette packet was a buttonsized device costing one euro, it would be another matter entirely. As part of a Smart Office landscape the connected chair might, for example, analyze sitting habits and posture, leading to improvements in workplace ergonomics. When things become smart in this way, they open up entirely new opportunities. We can already see this with, say, vending machines. A vending telemetry solution begins by supporting day-today business. Operators can check filling levels and operating data remotely and thereby reduce filling and maintenance costs. In a next step additional services such as mobile payment and digital signage are integrated and connections with social media channels established. But the data collected holds the greatest potential. Operators can see exactly which products are in demand when and where. This knowledge provides them with a totally new basis on which to make business decisions. Connected products for consumers Falling prices are also one of the reasons why more and more connected devices and services for private users are coming onto the market, be they wearables like data glasses and smart watches or products for the Smart Home. Unlike in industrial applications these offerings must not primarily reduce costs and simplify processes. They can also simply provide greater comfort or entertainment value. The trend toward a culture of sharing exercises a strong stimulus in this connection. Take car sharing, for example. Free floating offers will only be feasible if the position of available vehicles is easily accessible. M2M is the precondition for making offers of this kind possible. The trend toward connected everyday life will have repercussions for the entire M2M industry. More and more companies that have until now concentrated on B2B-driven M2M business will open up for more far-reaching networking solutions and the consumer-led Internet of Things. They will especially include telecommunications providers. Telcos used to be seen as mere bit pipe providers; today they are seen as paving the way for connected ecosystems such as the Smart Home or the Smart City. Contact Jürgen Hase Vice President M2M Competence Center Deutsche Telekom AG M2MCC@telekom.de www.telekom.com/m2m M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 5
  6. 6. Main Topic Impact of M2M on Society M2M is about the collection and management of data. When people have more background knowledge and more information available, they are able to make better and wiser decisions. M2M helps not only to collect the data needed for such decisions, but provides data in real-time to its users and thus provides them with know-how. This knowledge has impact on the decisions we are making in our everyday lives and that impacts society. One example is energy. Due to the economic and environmental situation we are facing there is a clear need to expand the usage of renewable energy and at the same time educate people to consume less energy. This makes it mandatory for utilities to know where and how much energy is generated and consumed. In addition, they must have the ability to switch on and off different energy sources to avoid network capacity overload, for example solar panels during hot summer days. With a Smart Grid based on M2M technology, utilities can monitor in realtime generation, transmission capacity, and consumption, and remotely regulate solar panels or wind turbines. Without this data and the usage of this technology a change towards alternative energy sources is impossible. If we go now one step further and provide this data not only to utilities, but also grant consumers access to it, we see a huge impact: studies show that once people know about their energy consumption, they reduce it automatically and start saving more energy. M2M changes daily living This kind of impact is visible everywhere M2M technology is used: M2M health applications monitor patients and send information such as glucose levels, heart activity and medication adherence to a care provider. With M2M connections, physicians, pharmacists and caregivers can now monitor patients as they engage in routine activities such as taking pills or testing blood sugar levels. These devices encourage adherence to a prescribed or recommended regimen and lead people to healthier behaviours, helping them avoid costly doctors’ office or hospital visits. Or take pay-as-you-drive applications, which are widely adopted in the US. Safe drivers receive better rate plans and thus people are stimulated to change their driving behaviour. Possible societal benefits may include a reduction in overall trips taken which could result in less traffic, fewer accidents, lower car emissions, longer vehicle life, and less road maintenance. Worldwide benefits © CardioNet In the M2M context, we should not forget: M2M impacts life not only in developed and industrial nations, but also in 6 M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 M2M health application emerging markets. An example is Africa. We see that especially in Africa cellular networks are very well developed; already today it is commonplace for many Africans to use their mobile phones to make payments, for example. Thus, this is a very interesting market for M2M applications based on cellular technology. An example that has helped improve the healthcare situation there is the GSM printer created by Sequoia Technology, one of Telit’s distributors, and funded by the Clinton Foundation and the Mozambique Ministry of Health. Rural medical clinics in Africa are able to wirelessly receive HIV test results of expectant mothers within days of testing, a first for many rural villages. Thanks to knowing their infection status, mothers with HIV-positive results can start on anti-retroviral drugs much earlier in their pregnancies, reducing the chances of transferring the virus to their unborn children from 40 percent to less than 1 percent. This shows the huge potential M2M has in emerging countries counting on a cellular network infrastructure. We could continue this list endlessly, but these few examples already show the benefits of M2M for our society. It is really about having the right ideas. Contact Oozi Cats Founder, Member of the BoD & CEO Telit Communications Group EMEA@telit.com www.telit.com
  7. 7. Main Topic Enablers and Inhibitors driving the further adoption of IoT IoT is currently experiencing large interest from various vertical markets. Analysts are predicting up to 80 billions of devices to be connected to the internet by 2020. There are a lot of references that achieved great benefits through IoT solutions, including the optimization of processes and efficiency gains, lower energy costs, higher quality products, higher standards of living, and being able to offer new business models. There are various enablers supporting this trend. One of these are government initiatives such as for food tracing, smart metering, or eCall in Europe. Further enablers include technology changes such as the availability of connectivity, miniaturization, cost decrease and lower power consumption of chipsets and sensors, and the evolution of big data and analytics. But there are also some inhibitors of IoT. Some of these are the inhomogeneous market and the limited adoption of standards. Also the business cases are often not clear and the investment for building a solution is too high considering the end-to-end complexities. One important question remains: How many of these connected devices can be monetized by IoT providers? Market evolution Today, the IoT market is characterized by different maturity stages, depending on the vertical, solution, and geography. Connectivity is already a commodity market. Although connectivity is strongly growing in the number of devices, it faces shrinking Average Revenue per Device (ARPD). There are trends indicating that a monthly fee for connectivity is substituted for ownership of the data. The IoT solutions market for end-toend solutions and platforms is strongly evolving. While Smart Metering and Connected Car are being rolled out today, the industrial manufacturing is at the beginning of a revolution driven by IoT. In Germany this is addressed by Industry 4.0. Many solutions existing today are still at a low maturity stage from the analytical perspective, such as providing basic reporting capabilities. By 2020, using analytics and intelligent computing, IoT solutions will move up to a higher maturity level, such as for predictive maintenance of machines and predictive healthcare. Predicting traffic jams is already adopted in some major cities with a 90% accuracy for predictions one hour in advance as IBM has shown in different projects. Intelligent IoT solutions will be a key enabler for autonomous systems. By 2040, IEEE predicts that there will be 75% autonomous cars. Cognitive systems will provide ever more intelligence and more attractive use cases to IoT solutions. IBM Watson competed and won against Jeopardy players in the US in 2011. Nowadays, Watson is used in patient care, supporting doctors in diagnostics of complex medical diseases. By 2020, Watson will be applied to many different industries, solving and supporting complex situations. Platform adoption Various analysts state that IoT is moving from vertically integrated solutions towards platforms, which provide horizontal capabilities that can be shared among vertical applications. The analysts argue that platforms are ultimately needed for obtaining economies of scale from managing multiple applications. Also for sharing key reference data across multiple M2M applications while enabling new business models, a platform is needed. This will drive faster adoption and higher value across applications. IBM estimates that more than 80% of the capabilities on a platform developed for one solution can be reused for other solutions. Therefore, IoT providers can gain significant from economies of scale and improve the time to market for new solutions. Contact Bernd Wunderlich Business Development Executive IBM Deutschland GmbH bernd.wunderlich@de.ibm.com www.ibm.com M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 7
  8. 8. Main Topic The M2M MVNO model will become common practice in 2020 Industrial companies developing in the Machine to Machine (M2M) business will ask themselves the question of becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Access to a true wholesale relationship with operators and control of the end user connectivity offer will drive adoption of the model. In the M2M market the MVNO model allows service providers to deploy SIM cards and connectivity management with a fleet-oriented perspective. Although it requires solid technical competencies that an enabler can provide, it now has a very low operational cost inherited from years of competition and development in the mobile phone industry. Enabling industrial companies to become MVNOs means that these companies are able to fully control the connectivity bundled in their services to end-customers. Numerous benefits The benefits of becoming an MVNO are numerous: it allows M2M providers to build “one stop shop” offers that simplify the end-customer’s life. An MVNO car manufacturer is, for instance, able to package navigation systems, automobile insurance policy, and on board web browsing. Features like split-billing on the MVNO model can enable the car 8 M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 manufacturer to invoice the growing number of players in the ecosystem as well as the end-user, depending of their respective connectivity usage. From an operational perspective, the MVNO model eases the SIM management interface integration with the industrial company’s current IT system. This allows relevant provisioning (test phase, activation…) along with the connected product lifecycle and location. On the marketing side, the model gives access to wholesale airtime. Industrial companies are gaining independency from the pricing structure of Mobile Network Operators and have the choice to build prepaid, postpaid, shared bundle, freemium offers, allow or block 3G and 4G, and get closer to the customer needs. The MVNO model also impacts SMEs, with enablers such as Transatel aggre- gating small players and giving access to a whole set of features that only big companies could afford before. Secured data link between SIM card and hosting centers for M-health or subscription management for vehicles fleets will be part of packaged offers by verticals segments. Transatel is leveraging on its pioneer experience within the MVNO arena to accelerate the machine to machine business by providing those solutions to innovative M2M providers. Contact Jérôme Datchary Business Development Transatel jerome.datchary@transatel.com www.transatel-m2m.com
  9. 9. Main Topic M2M is part of daily life: New communication challenges Not so long ago, it was necessary to give an explanation when talking about M2M. This has changed quickly and fundamentally – at least within the industry. Here it is now accepted that M2M is a topical subject. The dynamism of the theme was felt in the latest M2M Alliance poll of 4,800 experts and decision-makers: It showed that the expectation of M2M regarding growth, revenue and new business markets is very high. Many other questionnaires and studies prove that M2M and the Internet of Things (IoT) belong to the top trends of the IT sector. M2M and IoT have both left the technical teething version phase behind them and have now quickly become a broad part of day-to-day life. The economic reason for this is due to declining costs for the M2M components – in other words, for hardware, software – and special tariff structures for data connections. M2M is being used by the large infrastructure businesses in the telecommunications sector. The market for small and medium-sized firms is also gathering momentum. These are very flexible and as specialists, have a lot of know-how and good contacts in the user sectors. This is the ideal basis to establish M2M, both in the large-scale and more specialised sectors. Well set stage The stage is well set for M2M – aided by the efforts and actions of the M2M Alliance and the businesses and people who contribute and are actively involved in it. Future prospects look very positive, the seed has been sown and M2M has already developed well in several sectors and is reaping the first positive results. It won’t be long, before M2M can be ignored no longer. When this happens, M2M will experience a new type of recognition. M2M will no longer be a subject just for trend scouts and technical pioneers. M2M will then be a subject that is out in public and openly discussed – such as for instance, travel, medicine or power. The M2M revolution, of which one likes to speak in internal branch meetings, will suddenly get a totally new dimension. M2M will then no longer be primarily a technical topic, it will become a social and a political subject. M2M can improve the world by making it more comfortable, energy efficient, better connected, thus improving it in many categories. M2M has the potential to change many sectors significantly: not just fields such as logistics, transport and energy, but also healthcare, support / old-age care or housing. Everyone will then work with M2M. a part – mistrust, for instance, which one can lay to rest after an explanation, but also fear, which often ignores reason. What does this mean for those who want to expand the market further for M2M in future? You have to anticipate potential resentment, overcome concerns, communicate openly about the uses and dangers and how they occur – in a nutshell: Expand your viewpoint of technology and business substantially. You should also step out of your insider comfort zone and seek dialogue with many community groups and its representatives. You should find ways for M2M, not just technical, but also political, legal and social paths. You should appeal not just to the rationale but also to the peoples’ emotions. New risks and challenges The focus on technology and technical/ economical end-user arguments could then quickly become a drawback. In a modern, media-driven world, being a world-class innovator is no easy task. All who are technically and economically invested in M2 should be prepared for this. Regardless of how discussions are celebrated in the media, there are also other, often irrational factors which play Contact Dr. Günter Bleimann-Gather CEO TEMA Technologie Marketing AG bleimann@tema.de www.tema.de M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 9
  10. 10. Products and Developments “Early Engagement” of compliance requirements The number of cellular and short range radio modules on the market is continuing to increase; probably by just as much as their technical sophistication, but if the industry projections and excitement are to be believed they are clearly pointing to a world defined by 50 Billion devices. Most users of a wireless device are not aware of the considerable effort and resource that is usually expended in developing such a product. But help is at hand – this effort is somewhat alleviated in the present day with the advent of the preapproved module! A pre-approved module is one where the majority of the compliance and certification requirements, which need to be satisfied before placing a product on the market, are borne by the module manufacturer. The M2M manufacturer still needs to consider the overall compliance of the host unit and any regulatory and industry certification requirements of the technology employed which could not be completed on a standalone module and only on the end product. Interestingly, the compliance industry is observing an increased incidence of wireless M2M manufacturers developing a product only to be stalled at the later stages when they come to the compliance stage of development. The most common cause is an under-estimation of compliance efforts and costs needed, but in some extreme cases the manufacturer is not even aware of the existence of such compliance requirements. Compliance knowledge gap Why is this? Although the modules are more sophisticated, the development kits and support provided from the module manufacturers is of such a high level that it now makes it easy for entrepreneurial individuals, who are not traditional product designers, or designers at all for that matter, to be able to build innovative, useful and interesting M2M products. This is of course a good thing, but with this ease of development we now believe a “compliance knowledge gap” exists in the industry, where relatively small but significant numbers of manufacturers are struggling at the compliance stage. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), working with module manufacturers and distributors are promoting awareness in the compliance industry by offering advisory services and workshops as part of their Early Engagement Program. This a free consultation with UL wireless M2M compliance experts where advice is given on the regulatory and industry cer- tification requirements such as CE, FCC, PTCRB and GCF, and just as importantly the budgetary expectation costs associated so that the M2M manufacturers can incorporate this into their overall budget planning. The simple illustrative concept of the UL Compliance Pyramid is introduced which is shown here in its basic form. It provides a reminder of the steps and what important factors should be considered and when! In practice we encourage the manufacturer to engage with a compliance professional at the “earliest stage” or concept / design stage – Early Engagement. We often hear “we don’t need to consider compliance costs at the moment” but there are many M2M devices which never make it to market because of such a stance. It then follows: “In which regulatory domains does the manufacturer wish to launch his product – Europe, North America, Asia….?” The list of options for applicable standards and which test cases need to be performed can then be considered at the regulatory stage. The final industry certification requirements depend on the technology concerned and this can have varying cost – so again important to consider the cost parameters early on. Then, and only then, is the product ready for market! In summary – “Engage Compliance Early” to avoid any surprises later on. Contact Joe Lomako Business Development Manager M2M Underwriters Laboratories, UK joe.lomako@ul.com www.ul.com 10 M2M Journal 20 | 13/12
  11. 11. Products and Developments Is 6LoWPAN the Esperanto for the Internet of Things? The Internet has had the uniform protocols TCP/IP and UDP/IP since the beginning of the 70's. The IPv4 address space has 232  4,3x109 addresses. With IPv6 it was expanded to 2128 3,4x1038 addresses. With IPv6 we have approx. 6,7x1027 IP- addresses per m2 earth surface. 6LoWPAN is an abbreviation for IPv6 over Low power Wireless Personal Area Network. As it is based on IP, every smartphone, tablet PC, laptop or even smart-TV can communicate with a sensor or actuator via 6LoWPAN. An UDP / IP from a smartphone can be sent directly to the lamp or roller shutters. A thermometer or smoke alarm can also do the transfer. A home automation server or internet cloud is necessary for the communication. 6LoWPAN is already available for many radio and wire carriers. 6LoWPAN via radio – IEEE 802.15.4 Frequency Region Data Rate (gross) 868 – 868,6 MHz Europe 20 kBit / s 902 – 928 MHz USA 40 kBit / s 2400 – 2483,5 MHz Global 250 kBit / s OSI layer model illustrates a home automation The KW01 from Freescale is an example of a System on Chip (SOC). It covers the 2901020 MHz range and is thus suited for the EU and USA. Alongside the transceiver on the IC there is also an ARM Cortex M0+, memory and a wide range of peripheral functions. The KW20 is also a SoC and works in the 2400 MHz frequency. 6LoWPAN via power line communication – IEEE P1901.2 The IEEE P1901.2 describes a narrowband signal (150- 500 kHz) with max. 500 kBit / s gross. The STCOMET is a SoC as well. The IC includes the PLC transceiver in addition with the MCU ARM Cortex M4F, a DSP, memory and a wide range of peripheral functions. 6LoWPAN for affordable home automation With the choice of the right components, the BOM (bill of materials) of a home automation server can cost just under €20. The combination module Gainspan GS2011M is less expensive. Wi-Fi and 802.15.4 on 2400 MHz are already included in the module. In addition to these, the module has two ARM Cortex M3, vast memory and various interfaces. The second MCU in the module is foreseen for the application. The same PCB could hold a KW01 with a royalty-free 6LoWPAN stack. The supply voltage could be based on a standard wall plugged power supply. The antennas for 2400 MHz and 868 MHz become PCB tracks. This will save costs for coaxial connectors or chip antennas. Gainspan also offers different inexpensive eval-kits with source code included for audio streaming to speakers, video streaming, intelligent sockets and a web server with lighting control / temperature sensor. Block Diagram Freescale KW01 for 6LoWPAN Contact Harald Naumann Blogger, author and Wireless FAE harald.naumann@gsm-module.de www.gsm-module.de M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 11
  12. 12. Products and Developments Short-range low power wireless devices and M2M / Internet-of-things Short range wireless technologies will play an important role in M2M solutions where small devices (such as various sensors) are connected to services on a wide-area Internet network. and Wireless LAN. A short conclusion for these technologies is:  All three technologies have built-in link layer authentication and encryption.  Bluetooth low energy has the potential for the lowest power consumption. The connectBlue conclusion is that Bluetooth low energy has a high potential in becoming an important technology for the “last 100 meters” in low power, low cost, small devices. However, there will still be use cases where 802.15.4 based technologies are used especially in areas where it is already established. Wireless Today, the devices used in the “last 100 meters” are typically not connected. The wide-area network is to a larger extent connected e.g. through smartphones, home routers (e.g. ADSL routers) and GSM/3G/4G Routers. Requirements on “Last 100 Meters” technology An architecture with a gateway that serves as an interface between the wide-area network (Internet) and the short-range network is required. For M2M, a required feature of the chosen short-range technology is support for mobile use cases where a smartphone or other mobile device can be used as a temporary gateway. Some of the important drivers when selecting the appropriate short-range wireless technology for M2M use cases are cost of the radio technology, Power consumption, Easy-of-use, Security (authentication and encryption), Available ecosystem (possibility to connect to smartphones, tablets, PCs, home gateways, etc.) and Range. Which short range wireless technologies should one choose? Different technologies like NFC, 82.15.4, IRDA, Classic Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, Wireless LAN etc. compete in this space including international standards, business verticals specific standards and many proprietary technologies. The preferable technologies are according to our view Bluetooth Low Energy, 802.15.4 12 M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 The “last 100 meters” represents >90 % of the potential number of connections.  The lack of native support for 802.15.4 in the for the ecosystem’s important mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.).  802.15.4 has a main advantage in its range since many 802.15.4 based technologies (e.g. ZigBee) support mesh whereby coverage can be extended by using routers.  Bluetooth low energy is very reliable with its support for Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) and other features inherited from Classic Bluetooth.  Wireless LAN, also commonly referred to as Wi-Fi, can be used in devices with less demands on low power consumption and as a wireless backbone in combination with other technologies. LAN will be used in devices where cost, low power is less important and as a wireless backbone combined with the other wireless technologies. Contact Rolf Nilsson CEO connectBlue AB rolf.nilsson@connectblue.com www.connectblue.com
  13. 13. Products and Developments M2M Security: Considerations to address growing concerns Security continues to be a hot topic in all areas of technology, including machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. Today, most analysts agree that the security risk is relatively low, primarily because M2M is still a growing space and hasn’t reached a critical mass that would draw significant attention from hackers. However, M2M is growing very quickly. Cisco estimates that there will be 25 billion connected devices by 2015 and 50 billion by 2020, so security concerns will likely grow in the near future. In light of the threat, what should enterprises using M2M and OEMs developing M2M solutions be doing now to protect their applications? From a practical standpoint, the answer is to determine the level of threat and provide the right level of security for each specific device and application. Enterprises and OEMs will use a variety of mechanisms and techniques to address threats in each segment of the M2M chain. Two key considerations for secure M2M deployments are trust and encryption. Trust The concept of trust in an M2M application is about verifying that commands or instructions coming in to a device or server are legitimate and coming from a verified source. The M2M cloud management platform, for example, must be able to verify that data coming from both deployed devices and enterprise applications can be trusted. The back-end enterprise application must use strong authentication to verify that it can trust data from the cloud management platform. And, the enterprise or M2M solution provider must be able to control access rights across all components of the system, and ensure that anyone accessing or configuring system settings is authorized to do so. Embedded applications use the same concepts to assure trust as any other networked system: authentication and authorization. Encryption Conclusion A secure M2M application needs to protect the transmission of private and confidential data. To do so requires data encryption and secure transmission technologies across multiple segments of the M2M application — between deployed devices, the M2M cloud management platform and the enterprise application. Security considerations for M2M applications are becoming more and more relevant as M2M continues to grow at an accelerated pace. In addition to the aforementioned details outlining the considerations of trust and encryption, secure M2M deployments need to be planned and deployed with robustness and upgradability in mind. When incorporated with effective trust and encryption mechanisms, long-term viability and security of M2M applications can be assured and stay in step with changing technology and new emerging threats. If the M2M cloud management platform is operated by a third party, for example, an enterprise may wish to encrypt all data as it travels from device to cloud to enterprise application using a secure virtual private network (VPN). On the other hand, a payment application requires a more sophisticated M2M gateway that can support the strongest possible encryption and transmit that data via a secure VPN. For applications that require maximum security, enterprises may prefer to use a private access point name (APN) network that contains only authorized devices in the application (i.e., no other devices use the network), and that does not connect to the Internet but links only with the M2M cloud via a VPN. Finally, enterprises should use HTTPS to assure a secure connection whenever communicating with the cloud management platform and the enterprise application. As a starting point, enterprises or OEMs should work to achieve the “right” level of security for their M2M applications, both today and for the future. In doing so, they can drive forward the benefits of an effective M2M solution, while having the peace of mind knowing they’ve taken the right steps to avoid being compromised. Contact Olivier Beaujard Vice President Market Development Sierra Wireless OBE@sierrawireless.com www.sierrawireless.com M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 13
  14. 14. Products and Developments Cyber Physical System CareLAN for the remote maintenance of production plants The maintenance of production plans or machines is often a very difficult undertaking: plant manufacturers und plant operators must coordinate appointments and accesses, so that the production flow is as minimally affected as possible, distinctive features of respective plants must be taken into account; operations must be documented. All this effort costs time, money and nerves. Accesses, in particular to inhouse IT infrastructures as well as designing own plants are problematic on many levels. So-called Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) could help here. The Dortmund-based firm OKIT GmbH, which is a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Society, presents the IT system CareLAN, which supports plant manufacturers with the remote maintenance of machines and plants. By connecting the system with a VPN server from OKIT via wireless, it is no longer necessary to do the maintenance of the plant operators on-site. The technician of the plant manufacturer can get access all relevant data of the plants over the secure VPN channel, as if he was actually there, in the same network. Plant manufacturers and their customers thus save themselves wait- 14 M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 ing and service travel times, as well as the induction into the IT structures of the business, which powers the plant or machine. A further advantage: If the use of the in-house IT infrastructure is not possible or unwanted, then CareLan can still grant access. To guarantee security during the remote maintenance, the data communication is heavily encrypted. All Data on Hand Inside the CPS, which consists of the plant and the remote maintenance interface, the monitoring data and configurations can be displayed, mistakes be analyzed and production parameter can be adjusted during ongoing operation. In addition to this, the CareLAN has integrated user administration, a document archive and a knowledge base. In this way, all relevant data is on hand for the maintenance. Questions and approvals fall away; reaction times are shortened. As a service provider, OKIT GmbH provides plant and mechanical engineers the possibility of networking. Through the connection of IKT applications, existing products or applications are made more intelligent. Production processes become more flexible, the added value increases and innovation cycles are improved. The OKIT-developed CPS bolsters both the competitiveness of mechanical engineering businesses and the firms, which implement these “smart plants”. CareLAN shows the potential of Cyber Physical Systems for the digital industry with this example. CPS links production plants, steers energy networks and product flows in logistics or improves traffic flow in cities. It is an integral part of the Internet of Things and is driving forward the development of innovations in complex networked systems. Contact Thorsten Eller Marketing OKIT GmbH eller@okit.de www.OKIT.de M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 14
  15. 15. Applications and References Water – the next frontier for M2M? Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to dominate the telecom world and will certainly continue to be a growing trend to industry and government for the next 5 to 10 years. However, with changes comes challenge. Presently there is a lot of focus on how M2M and IoT advances sectors such as smart cities, transportation, smart grid, and consumer technologies because of the benefits that include cost and operational efficiencies as well as an improvement in the way we live. With good reason these are regarded in special favour, but there are other areas that also gain the same benefits with M2M. Here lies the challenge. With an infinite number of things to choose, which should be the priorities in this timeframe? When looking at infrastructure sectors, many are focussed on the benefits for the electricity market but it is also vital to closely monitor and meter water. Water Loss – a big problem for the EU According to the European Commission (EC) water leakage from distribution networks is as high as 50 percent in certain parts of Europe while the European Water Partnership believes the number is closer to 70 percent in some areas. Unfortunately, there is no room for waste at this scale. Water scarcity affects at least 11 percent of the European population and 17 percent of EU territory. Since 1980 the number of severe droughts in Europe has increased dramatically and has cost an estimated € 100 billion. Solving the water supply issue requires a multi-faceted approach. Infrastructure needs to be updated and public perception and usage patterns need to be altered. M2M technologies also have a role in supporting better management and improving efficiency. Agriculture Water Monitoring Cutting losses with leak detection and meter readings Agriculture – promoting technologies for efficiency Leakage detection technologies are available to utilities to reduce water loss. These include acoustic, thermal or electromagnetic equipment to detect water escaping a pipe. Another way to detect leaks is to measure the flow of water using meters within customer buildings and detect unusually high water meter readings. Utility managers can also compare water volumes discharged from treatment facilities with the volume passing through system zone meters and customer meter readings to detect leaks. M2M communication technology embedded in water meters allow actual consumption to be sent regularly in realtime and analysed. If there is a discrepancy, utility managers can more easily pinpoint the location of the leaks and repair. Looking at the relationship between water and agriculture is another way to balance the water equation. According to the EC, on average, 44 percent of Europe’s total water abstraction is used for agriculture. The market potential for water monitoring and metering is big. Frost & Sullivan estimated that the European market could be worth up to $ 13.4 billion by 2020. While much of this revenue will come from meters and installation, data and network management will also contribute to the revenue numbers. M2M solutions that use leaf and soil moisture sensors allow growers to make informed decisions about when and for how long to irrigate fields. Wise water consumption allows for better yields and lower operating costs. Data can also be used to optimize fertilizer and pesticide application and reduce water pollution from leaching. Sustainable water management is possible with M2M technologies. Prioritizing the connection of water meters, agriculture sensors and other utility assets is essential for our survival. Contact Sue Rutherford Director of Marketing SkyWave Mobile Communications marketing@skywave.com www.skywave.com M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 15
  16. 16. Applications and References The Impact of M2M solutions on the agricultural industry and other sectors Of all the sectors the agricultural segment has the potential to become the role model for other industries how to drive innovations based on M2M (machine-to-machine) mobile technologies. It includes almost every challenge an M2M solution has to cope with. The agricultural sector is characterized by heterogeneous machinery on farms, diverse and always changing process partners in the harvesting process, high operational costs for machinery and often low mobile network coverage. The structure and the magnitude of obstacles of M2M in the agricultural sector seem much more demanding than in other industries. Nevertheless or because of the challenges almost all the manufacturers and vendors are determined to find solutions – together. They are open concerning vendor independent portals and they are even willing to set up a common standard for agricultural machines in M2M. There are many sector-neutral approaches claiming to connect, run and manage dif- ferent machines but in order to optimize complex processes in heterogeneous process networks for example in the harvesting scenario specific data is needed. Therefore the verticalisation of M2M communication technologies with a standard for agricultural machines is inevitable. Based on the underlying standard the M2M-Teledesk platform addresses and resolves the issues described above. The system (http:// m2m-teledesk.de) is developed by CLAAS Harvesters, VIVAI Software and the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund. The importance of vertical standards in M2M Mobile technologies on the example of agriculture Most of the existing M2M solutions are neither aligned to the needs of the agricultural sector nor can these systems synchronize and optimize heterogeneous process chains with many different machines and manufacturers in order to gain maximum efficiency gains. Inefficiencies in agricultural harvesting processes very often arise from idle times, e.g. when harvesters have to stop working because there is no transport vehicle that can load up the crop. These inefficiencies of the logistic chain may cause high, but avoidable costs which may run for example up to 1.000 Euro per hour machinery costs for a harvester. Today most of the suppliers concentrate on single machine efficiency which does not produce the same magnitude of cost reductions. In order to enable the communication between different participants for example in harvesting processes it is inevitable to develop a unified standard for the sector, in this case agriculture. To overcome the problems arising from incompatibilities regarding the different vendors over 150 agricultural manufacturers have already once committed themselves to a unique standard namely the ISO-Bus through the AEF (Agricultural Engineering Foundation) which was set up for this purpose. The chances are high to repeat this great success with a M2M-standard with the new installed working group. The standard will encompass very specific parameters like the moisture level of the harvest goods or the capacity level of the grain tank auger which indicates where and how fast the transporter has to arrive at the harvester. The peculiarities in each sector are the reason why general standards and systems “won’t do the job”. But there are limits to the openness towards the standard by the manufacturers. It is very important to them to protect some of their business data and process-knowhow as a competitive advantage. Therefore a smart encapsulation, aggregation and translation architecture must be part of the system design. In order to gain acceptance and still benefit from the standard a small number of the business-critical parameters will not be directly transferred to the M2M Teledesk platform. The translationand aggregation process will remain at the manufacturers. All data of the machine buses in manufacturer specific languages will be translated into a standardized data format used in the system. As the agricultural machines are used for many years it is important to provide a retrofit solution with a box providing only a subset of possible data as only a smaller number of sensors are available. 16 M2M Journal 20 | 13/12
  17. 17. Applications and References The design of the M2M system The M2M teledesk system An important goal of the M2M-Teledesk project is the standardization of interfaces and protocols. But M2M-Teledesk is also the vendor-independent platform for manufacturers, owners and operators of agricultural equipment, who can register machines of different types and manufacturers in order to optimize the processes, control the machines and analyze the process and condition data. Due to the open architecture it is also possible to include data from existing vendor specific portals. The collected data can be accessed via a vendor independent internet portal which serves as a monitoring, control and management desk for the heterogeneous machines. The M2M-Teledesk project includes the following components:  Security solutions – as an example it prevents that a machine that does not belong to the process chain any more can still access the data of the logistic chain of the harvesting process from the day before.  Communication manager which decides which data transfer protocol (GSM, LTE, WLAN, NFC) should be used and which data should be transferred.  A data storage where the process and the condition data of the machines will be collected  A meta level portal layer where the data is processed and visualized. It is important that at this level all the machine data is in a uniform format. With a user friendly GUI it is possible for the vendors and manufacturers to access the information that will be used for the different applications. It also includes a security module in order to protect the data from unauthorized access.  A service layer for the application market where the data that will be used in the application of the various branded application markets can billed. With all these prerequisites of M2M Teledesk applications can be built and sold by manufactures, vendors and other parties in their own branded markets. New business models and value networks M2M Teledesk supports the manufacturers on their way to become a customer centric and service oriented supplier. For many that means a paradigm shift from a hardware vendor to a service provider. But in the near future service will be the unique selling proposition towards manufacturers from the emerging countries. M2M can help to improve the services level but also to create completely new services there were not possible without this technology. For example with “pay-per-use insurance / leasing” or leasing companies are able to bill for usage patterns instead of time. Substantial success criteria for new business models are to meet the necessary integration of business partners and distributed components. New “Anything as a Service” models will define value networks and necessary trade-offs between several actors – as well as between competitors. Contact Dr. Bettina Horster Board Member Business Development VIVAI Software AG bettina.horster@vivai.de www.vivai.de Sebastian Gansemer University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund Prof. Dr. Uwe Großmann University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund Dr. Christian Rusch Claas Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 17
  18. 18. Applications and References Precise real-time data for optimising freight transportation Few sectors will rely more heavily on M2M communication in the near future as the transport and logistics industry. The M2M Adoption Barometer 2013, an analysis by Vodafone and Circle Research, reported that 90 percent of the logistics companies surveyed already rate M2M communication as ‘relevant’ to ‘very relevant’ for their company today, even if they are not currently using such solutions themselves. And almost 100 percent stated that M2M solutions will be relevant to their business in three years’ time. Although, according to the study, only 12 percent of logistics companies have already implemented M2M-based solutions, these logistics systems have great potential, since they offer a range of additional advantages over positioning solutions based on GPS or RFID: they can be used to monitor the status of sensitive freight, enhance security and help with cost-effective planning and process optimisation. possible. Particularly well-engineered for this purpose is Vodafone’s global SIM, which offers coverage in every continent thanks to international roaming and a large number of partner networks. In addition to this, solutions need to contend with the adverse conditions often faced in logistics operations – such as wind, several weather conditions and jolting. The SIM cards are therefore made to be especially robust and can, for example, resist temperatures ranging from -35°C all the way up to 85°C. There are also SIM chips that can be installed to withstand particularly difficult conditions, even functioning at temperatures as low as -40°C and as high as 105°C. Three central elements An M2M-based logistics solution of this kind requires three central elements:  Sensors and communications modules: M2M logistics solutions are able to track freight, containers and vehicles with high accuracy and monitor important parameters with precision and efficiency. Communications modules with internal or external sensors, positioned directly among the freight inside containers or trailers, automatically transmit measurement data (such as temperature, humidity) over a mobile network.  Connectivity and M2M platform: M2M logistics solutions require a mobile network connection along with an M2M management platform for data transfer and managing SIM cards. For these to work it is important – especially in the transport and logistics industry – that roaming provides network coverage that is as comprehensive and cost-effective as 18 M2M Journal 20 | 13/12  Software application for analysis and visualisation: Finally, the data is analysed by a central software application, which evaluates all of the data that has been collected, automatically generates reports on demand and can even trigger an alarm based on pre-defined limits – for example, when a temperature limit is exceeded or the freight is violently jolted. In such a case, the head office can send an automated warning to the driver that the temperature in the refrigerated container is rising too high. The driver can then manually regulate the container’s refrigeration and thus prevent damage to perishable goods. M2M communications present many advantages for logistics companies, guaranteeing dependable and consistent product quality through the continual status monitoring of freight. Even more benefit In addition to this, the use of connected alarm sensors is to guard against theft and prevent goods from being tampered with. For example, if a photosensitive sensor in a container suddenly registers exposure to light whilst the freight is located in the middle of the ocean, the software, deducing from the data that someone is trying to tamper with the freight without authorisation, is able to automatically trigger an alarm. Where applicable, this may also lower the cost of insurance premiums, as the insurers face markedly fewer damage claims. Real-time monitoring also helps companies to plan routes and processes more efficiently, thereby saving on costs, as the head office knows the location of all its freight and vehicles at all times and can use this information, for example, to reduce empty runs. Implementing M2M-based tracking solutions can thus significantly enhance service quality and allow for a significantly more dynamic and cost-effective supply chain. Contact Dirk Esser Principal Partner Manager M2M Sales Central Europe Vodafone dirk.esser@vodafone.com www.vodafone.com
  19. 19. M2M and Companies M2M Alliance joins Eclipse Foundation The M2M Alliance has joined the Eclipse Foundation, one of the most important organizations in the field of software solutions. As a full member of the Eclipse Associate Member and Eclipse Membership At Large communities, the M2M Alliance will support the globally operating open source community and contribute to the development of new technologies, solutions and standards. The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services. Like in many other areas, M2M plays an increasingly important role within the open source community. The Eclipse M2M Working Group, for instance, is a collaboration of individuals and organizations who are building a community of open source projects for M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The goal of the community is to provide M2M frameworks, protocols and tools that can be used in commercial products and applications. “The Eclipse Foundation is a globally recognized organization which helps a wide range of industries to develop solutions that meet the needs of modern society. With its open source community, the Eclipse foundation has paved the way for many innovations, including M2M solutions and services such as M2M to Cloud,” says Eric Schneider, chairman of the M2M Alliance. “By joining the Eclipse Foundation, we enable our members to find the right platforms, solutions and partners for their projects.” Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation: “We are happy to have the M2M Alliance join the Eclipse Foundation and participate in our M2M Working Group. The M2M Alliance provides an important voice to the M2M Industry. We look forward to collaborat- ing with them in the promotion and development of open source solutions for the M2M industry.” Further information: www.eclipse.org Contact Ludger Voetz M2M Alliance Press Contact Braun Europe Limited ludger@braun-pr.com www.braun-pr.com New member of the M2M Alliance e. V. Since the last M2M Journal we are happy to welcome the following new member doubleSlash Net-Business GmbH The doubleSlash Net-Business GmbH has developed all-inclusive software solutions, that support the corporations and medium-sized businesses and to optimise business processes in marketing, sales and service, since 1999 doubleSlash’s clients include BMW, Siemens, Kyocera and many more. The company has approximately 100 employees and has its main office in Friedrichshafen. A further branch was founded in 2011 in Munich. The focus here is on developing M2M solutions and system integration, particularly in the telematic sector. With the new M2M solution possibilities, doubleSlash is following the vision, to optimise the entire demand chain for businesses and for customers. Contact Stefan Meyer Senior Business Consultant doubleSlash Net-Business GmbH stefan.meyer@doubleSlash.de http://doubleSlash.de M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 19
  20. 20. M2M and Companies Journal Outlook Edition 21 For the timely planning in your company, we are announcing the main topic and the dates of the next journal. Description: M2M Journal 21 I 14 / 02 Submission deadline: 17 th January 2014 Main topic: Embedded Technologies Advertising deadline: 31st January 2014 Release: 21st February 2014 Events Date Place Event Contact 06.01.2014 Las Vegas, USA Consumer Telematics Show www.telematicsupdate.com/cts/ 27 – 28.01.2014 Munich, Germany Wearable Technologies Conference Europe www.wearable-technologies.com/events/ wearable-technologies-conference-2014-ieurope 28 – 31.01.2014 Miami, USA M2M Evolution Conference & Expo www.m2mevolution.com/conference 04 – 06.02.2014 Vancouver, BC, Canada Wavefront M2M Summit 2014 – Driving business transformation wavefrontsummits.com/ 10 – 13.02.2014 Orlando, USA Forum Industry in Transition: The Information Driven Enterprise USA 2014 www.arcweb.com/events/arc-industryforum-orlando/pages/default.aspx 18 – 20.02.2014 Karlsruhe, Germany IT-Trans 2014 – IT trends and innovations for public transport www.it-trans.org/en/home/homepage.jsp 19 – 20.02.2014 London, UK M2M Telematics for Usage Based Insurance www.smi-online.co.uk/utility/uk/ conference/m2m-telematics-fleetmanagement-and-user-based-insurance 25.02.2014 Munich, Germany 7. Deutscher Innovationsgipfel – Nachhaltige Innovationen & Strategien www.preview-event.de/innovation-network/ neu/ 25 – 27.02.2014 Nuremberg, Germany Embedded world – Exhibition & Conference www.embedded-world.de/en/ 10 – 11.03.2014 London, UK European Smart Grid Cyber and SCADA Security www.smi-online.co.uk/utility/uk/ conference/european-smart-grid-cybersecurity 10 – 14.03.2014 Hanover, Germany CeBIT 2014 – Exhibition & Conference www.cebit.de/home 12 – 13.03.2014 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Telematics for Fleet Management Europe 2014 http://www.telematicsupdate.com/ fleeteurope/ 19 – 20.03.2014 Paris La Défense, France Machine to Machine Paris 25 – 27.03.2014 Utrecht, The Netherlands Zorg & ICT – Platform for human-oriented www.zorg-en-ict.nl/en/Exposant/ healthcare innovation Beursinformatie.aspx 7 – 11.04.2014 Hanover, Germany HANNOVER MESSE 2014 www.hannovermesse.de/home 08 – 09.04.2014 Munich, Germany Content and Apps for Automotive Europe 2014 www.telematicsupdate.com/contenteu/ 20 M2M Journal 20 | 13/12 www.salons-solutions-electroniques.com
  21. 21. TM Profile: The M2M Alliance is the largest association for the machine-to-machine sector. It is an open organisation with members representing the entire M2M value chain. The M2M Alliance currently has more than 70 members for whom it offers a forum for ideas exchange amongst industry experts and on behalf of whom it acts as the public spokesperson. Proactive communication and networking is the heart of the M2M Alliance, both between members and with external organisations. The non-profit organisation publishes the M2M Journal, as well as its own e-mail newsletter and websites in English and German. www.m2m-alliance.de