This report provides a valuable overview of the important emerging sectors of smart grids and M2M which will form the basis of our smart communities of the future. It explores trends and developments and provides key global statistics and insights. Please note, for information on Smart Societies and Artificial Intelligence, please see separate BuddeComm annual publication.
In mid 2012 an M2M alliance between seven major telcos demonstrated the growing importance of this sector to the future. Following this, a group of standardisation organisations also joined together to form OneM2M, an initiative which aims to develop common specifications.
This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information, insights and key developments on the global smart grid and M2M sectors.
Reserachers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lucia Bibolini, Peter Evans, Paul Kwon, Henry Lancaster, Peter Lange, Stephen McNamara
Current publication date:- August 2012 (2nd Edition)
BuddeComm’s annual publication Global Telecoms – Smart Grids and M2M, provides the key global insights and statistics for these emerging and increasingly important sectors of the future.
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) also referred to as the Internet of Things is going to be a real game-changer. It will transform every single sector of society and the economy and it will be out of this environment that new businesses – and indeed new industries – will be born. Many ICT companies are increasing their presence in countries that either have or are developing high-speed infrastructure for this very reason.
A key element to the future of M2M is the development of smart grids. The infrastructure which is being built offers a range of features such as ubiquitousness, affordability, low latency, high speed and high capacity. It will link – apart from individual people – millions of devices, such as sensors, that will enable us to manage our environment, traffic, infrastructures, and our society as a whole much more efficiently and effectively.
The telcos have an opportunity to show leadership here, but this could equally become another internet-like development, driven by users and the internet industry. The development of M2M and the IoT is the next inflection point after connecting homes (fixed lines) and people (mobile). It will increase telecoms connections to billions of devices.
What are the opportunities for the telcos in this new environment? Perhaps the best option is for them to concentrate on the enormous demand for bandwidth. This needs to be managed, moved around the networks and made available at the edges, using converging wireless and fixed high-speed broadband infrastructure. M2M requires massive data processing through data centres and server farms, linked to an enormous requirement for real-time analytics.
As the discussion continues about the need for intelligent networks and ‘smarts’ in virtually everything; it becomes obvious that we must move away from the decision-making processes that have brought us to the point of financial crisis, environmental crisis and to the monopolistic and dogmatic regimes that have developed in the telecoms sector. Around the world debates are heating up in the search for new and better ways to find solutions for these crises. There is more or less universal agreement that a linear continuation of the past will lead to more problems and, eventually, utter chaos and destruction.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
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Last updated 22 Aug 2012
Analyst: Kylie Wansink
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