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  1. 1. 1 M2M SUMMARY FOR ALL Though M2M exist since many years, as many new technologies entered into market takes time to be accepted, adapt and matured, it is becoming more popular day by day. One of the reasons why it took so much time to be accepted is that the GSM operator were happy with their voice ARPU’s. However after the liberation of telecom services and the entrance of new GSM players into market beside the incumbents, ARPU’s have gone down. GSM operators had to find new sources of income. Value added services were one of many. At this point M2M services started to take off. However now wee are at the turning point for M2M users with the new MVNO players. As can be guessed GSM operators are not willing to share voice and SMS incomes with MNVO’s. Therefore, MVNO’s are bound by basically with M2M solutions. We think that this is where MVNO’s may pass operators. Some of the possible M2M applications MVNO’s will provide beside the GSM operators are as follows: Fleet Management Using automated GPS technology, companies can remotely locate, navigate and track their fleet vehicles, to improve management and customer service. Mobile assets can be tracked not only for location, but also for vehicle performance and driver safety. Security: The Security market is arguably the largest M2M segment to date, primarily with the adoption of wireless technology based on antiquated analog cellular and proprietary data networks. Most of these security applications have been designed to eliminate fixed line services to transmit alarm information to an alarm company. But, the shutdown of the analog networks in 2008, coupled with customer demand for higher value services including video monitoring is driving rapid migration to flexible digital network approaches. According to ABI Research, the North American market for home security systems will reach almost 10 million devices by 2010. However, the real growth in Security will shift to digital wireless as the preferred network technology as the legacy networks are retired and new security applications drive the bandwidth requirement far beyond that supported on those older networks.
  2. 2. 2 Beyond basic alarm, monitoring, new capabilities are being added to enhance and improve security solutions. The use of video and still picture transmission allows alarm and security companies to view a location, in real-time, prior to taking action. This allows false alarms to be disregarded without incurring the cost of going to the location as well as avoiding false law enforcement dispatch. In addition, user interaction with home or business security systems, via any mobile device, will allow for notifications to a mobile phone as well as remote user control. Healthcare and Telemedicine Patients can be remotely monitored from their homes, with medical professionals able to monitor diabetes, cardiac issues, prescription usage, and many other conditions and concerns Vending Inventory management, remote monitoring, alarm status, security, cash shortages and fleet management are some of the important aspects of vending machine management. M2M applications can improve that management, enhance customer service, assure consistent inventories, and enable companies to pay the greatest attention to their high-revenue brands. Digital Signage This is the delivery of strategic information when and where it is needed. These solutions are popular in markets such as retail, leisure, sports, security, traffic management and others, with innovations such as video messaging, communication of important or entertaining real-time information, and mobile advertising. Public transport Organizations can better manage their vehicles through M2M solutions that leverage GPS technology for location, navigation, and vehicle movement. The status of the vehicles can be gauged remotely to minimize out-of-service time and improve driver safety. Remote Monitoring and Control M2M takes traditional applications such as SCADA, building automation, and remote diagnostics to the next level. Today’s embedded routers and modems help assure reliable connectivity for critical applications. Time and cost limited the actual amount of monitoring that could be accomplished, with systems largely limited to occasional inspections by humans, with those sites that absolutely required
  3. 3. 3 monitoring paying a high price. The use of M2M wireless technology, able to be delivered in often hostile locations, yet with low power devices, both facilitates reduced monitoring costs while increasing the amount of data that can be captured and transmitted. As Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiatives increase the pressure on industry to report and file detailed and regular – not simply exception – reports on critical facilities, wireless M2M is the obvious answer. One of the ‘original’ M2M markets, SCADA (Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition) control systems have been widely used in oil, gas and other process management industries for more than 15 years. However, Industrial Monitoring and Control is a rapidly growing M2M segment that is predicted to grow annually by almost 35% through 2010 to an estimated 5.76 million devices (ABI Research). Through SCADA standards, M2M technology is being used to extract data from non-IT devices such as electrical, gas and oil meters as well as a myriad of other devices and deliver the data to critical business and monitoring systems. The ability to monitor and control electrical power systems, water, oil and gas networks provides utility industries with a more cost-effective way to measure utilization (in real time), the ability to manage supply and demand and to more effectively anticipate, identify and fix problems. The cost savings associated with measuring utilization and providing maintenance functions is greatly enhanced when meters and other network elements are in remote or hard-to-reach locations. Harbor Research has called this “Pervasive Intelligence”; allowing businesses to make immediate decisions based on accurate, real-time, data. Nevertheless, this market is broadening to also include the use of a wireless networks to connect specialized devices in a variety of new businesses, from retail outlets and fast-food restaurants to major production and business facilities. For example, Burger King has implemented wireless M2M solutions where devices capture alarms, send notifications, receive and process remote energy and security information and then uploads this to centralized business systems. The implementation of these solutions drives cost savings associated with energy efficiency, reduced peak demands and protection of perishable inventory or any other asset that may negatively impacted by loss of electricity, refrigeration or light. The use of M2M technology in Environmental monitoring has started expanding significantly, as wireless technology is being applied to more and more monitoring applications. There are many already in early adoption phases, using M2M technology: • Measurement of air quality • Irrigation, temperature and chemical monitoring • Collection of water samples in rivers, lakes and even coral reefs • Monitoring of gas and pollutant levels in landfills • Measuring of water levels in wastewater treatment
  4. 4. 4 • Flood management of bacterial and water levels In the case of air quality and many other environmental conditions, the monitoring is required and regulated by the EPA and other government agencies. Compliance to regulations at the lowest possible cost will continue to drive the adoption of M2M technology as will the ability to more quickly identify and respond to events where out-of-control conditions could be dangerous to people or property. Automatic Teller Machines/Point of Sale Wireless M2M communication can increase transaction speeds and enable new products such as wireless card transactions, tableside payment, and more. Public safety M2M solutions help assure that the wireless equipment used by first responders and others is operational at all times, as well as manage medical equipment, vehicles, and more. Utilities M2M enables a vast range of utility, SmartGrid, and automated metering applications. Customers can use these applications to remotely monitor critical utility applications and track, monitor, and manage assets. Asset tracking Asset tracking permits a user to determine the locations of virtually any type of asset 7x24 anywhere in the world. Businesses can track delivery and repair vehicles, cargo containers, construction equipment and even its own personnel, especially those living or working in areas where there is threat of crime or kidnapping. For businesses and consumers, the asset tracking provides the functionality known as “geo-fencing”. This allows the user to set a “logical fence” as a boundary. If the asset goes outside of the boundary, the user is immediately notified via a message (call, email, text). This is useful in terms of theft protection. One application of particular focus for SkyTrace is tracking laptops. This application is material due to the theft in the market. Some statistics to support this effort are: • Safeware The Insurance Agency claims that over 600,000 laptops are stolen annually, resulting in an estimated $5.4 billion loss of proprietary information. • According to the FBI, 97% of stolen computers are never recovered.
  5. 5. 5 • Laptop theft accounted for 50% of reported security attacks. CSI, The 12th Annual Computer Crime and Security Survey, 2007 • Lost or stolen laptops and mobile devices are the most frequent cause of a data breach, accounting for 49% of data breaches in 2007. Ponemon Institute, U.S. Costs of a Data Breach, November 2007 • 12,000 laptops are lost in U.S. airports each week, and two-thirds are never returned. (Dell & Ponemon Institute, Airport Insecurity: the case of lost laptops, June 30, 2008) Cargo / Asset Protection • Web or PDA Web locate capabilities – immediate results • Can also locate from cell phone for immediate results • Geo-Fence – pre-set border control by the user • Connect with expensive shipping materials that require security measures Telematics Public Transportation Management, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), workflow, mobile job planning, M2M Applications – Pay As You Drive. Here is a true M2M Application that is being rolled out commercially that will impact you. The application allows users to pay for car insurance based on usage. You pay for as much as you consume – you drive 100 miles you pay insurance for 100 miles – you drive 100,000 miles you pay insurance for 100,000 miles. This is could change the face of the car insurance industry and if widely adopted / deployed on a standardized platform will allow other ancillary products and services to be offered to car drivers – Internet, Yellow Pages, Drive By/Localized Ad’s (won’t we love that), Streaming Music (everyone one wants a radio on the car) and more. The application (PAYD) as you go is being used by insures in UK/Europe to offer drivers a means to pay for insurance based on actual miles driven. The cars have a built in GPS system that track the movement of the vehicle in real time – where you drive, when you drive and how often you drive (AKA Big Brother). Cool technology concept – but to make it a commercial success it needs to assuage consumer fears about Big Brother is watching. SmartGrid initiative The Smart Grid refers to the introduction of new information and control technologies to the electricity system that allow the system to be planned and operated in a dynamically-optimized manner. An example of such technology is the smart meter, which provides new information and communication ability
  6. 6. 6 for utilities to use to better manage and reduce the cost of their business operations. Another example is new technology that automates and increases the operational efficiency of substations and other parts of the utility infrastructure. The smart grid is not limited, however, to infrastructure or the smart meter. It goes into the home or business by way of new pricing, control, and information options that help users reduce their usage and their bill. It will also connect to smart appliances that will automatically accept price and control signals that allow them to be used in a way that better supports grid optimization and attainment of climate change goals. Demand Response, for example, is the practice of incentivizing customers to modify their electricity usage in ways that help make the electric grid more efficient and reliable, particularly during periods of peak demand. Because demand response reduces peak demand, it complements resources that tend to be available during off-peak periods, such as wind energy. Demand response, in this way, supports the use of greater amounts of renewable energy. The smart grid also includes important new technologies such as energy storage and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Energy storage is a form of demand response that allows renewable energy to be used not only when it is produced but also when it is needed. With storage options, peak demand can be met by renewable energy generated during off-peak periods. PHEVs, meanwhile, have the potential to be mobile energy storage units. They charge from the grid, store electricity they don’t use, and have the ability to return excess electricity to the grid during peak demand periods.