BuddeComm Intelligence Report - Key Global M2M and IoT Trends


There certainly is a lot of interest in the M2M market. But what we are seeing is only what is happening on the surface. Most of the M2M activities are taking place unnoticed. For example, all new electronic devices are now M2M devices. Tens of millions of smart meters have already been deployed by the electricity industry, with literally hundreds of millions of them in the pipeline. Healthcare is another key industry. All new hospitals now operate large-scale M2M operations, tracking their equipment with real-time information. Most local governments have invested massively in mapping their assets; this is now being followed up by adding connectivity to these assets – whether it is streetlamps, drainage, sewerage or trees, all are in the process of becoming part of a smart city.

The other critical element for the future of telecommunications is to use the network with all of the M2M devices connected to it in such a way that it collects the data from these devices, process that data and then delivers executable real-time analyses to the users of the M2M services. This development is also known as Big Data and is part of the wider trend of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Despite the potential advantages of Big Data, particularly for the healthcare sector – there are still large concerns surrounding privacy. While the Big Data that is floating around somewhere in clouds is becoming increasingly critical to business operations, very few companies have a good understanding of where their data is at any given time. As well as this, the enormous amount of data that is now collected is placing a real strain on the tools that are used to analyse that data.

This BuddeComm Intelligence Report provides insights into the developments referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications as well as exploring the concept of managing Big Data. It provides unique and valuable examples of smart city projects, which provide an indication of the future potential of M2M/IoT developments. It also includes information on the RFID market, which has a promising future in Machine-to-Machine transmission applications and is already in widespread use around the world.

Latest developments:

There are a number of potential standards being discussed for IoT, with the main focus being on interoperability. Some of the frontrunners appear to be the Allseen Alliance and Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC). In late 2016, based on submissions from the hundreds of member companies, the OneM2M initiative launched a set of new IoT specifications called Release 2. Backed by mobile 26 operators and related companies; in August 2015, the GSMA launched the Mobile IoT initiative which will work to accelerate the use of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions in licensed spectrum. M2M growth is strongest in developing markets. Retailers are investing in RFID mainly for stock counting. Cyber-physical systems are an emerging area that won’t replace the IoT/M2M backbone of sensor-driven smart infrastructure/cities, but it will build upon it.

Hot topics:

Low Power Wide Area (LPWA), The Internet of Things includes elements of M2M; sensors network; Behavioural Attitudinal Geolocation; smart grids; information processing; Complex Event Planning (CEP); U-CEP, personal informatics; artificial intelligence; E-Science; NBN; Cloud Computing; smart cities; business opportunities; sector transformation, Big Data, Cyber-physical systems.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Analysis of the M2M and IoT market
    • 2.1 Key issues that will make or break the M2M market
    • 2.2 M2M hype and reality
  • 3. OECD report on internet of things and M2M
    • 3.1 New Technology
    • 3.2 New Markets
    • 3.3 New Policies
  • 4. Global M2M market
    • 4.1 Low power wide area (LPWA) networks
    • 4.2 M2M and connected devices
      • 4.2.1 Published M2M statistics
      • 4.2.2 M2M is already bigger than you think
  • 5. Internet of ‘Things’ (IoT)
    • 5.1 IoT transforming product-based economies to ones based on services
    • 5.2 Who will dominate the IoT market?
    • 5.3 IoT industry statistics
  • 6. IoT standardisation developments
    • 6.1 The OneM2M initiative
      • 6.1.1 Release 2
    • 6.2 GSMA establishes Mobile IoT Initiative
    • 6.3 Will Google's Brillo and Weave change the IoT model?
  • 7. Telcos and the science of Big Data
    • 7.1 How to manage and secure Big Data
  • 8. Sensors
    • 8.1 From SCaDa to IoT
    • 8.2 Sensor applications for a smarter world
      • 8.2.1 Smart cities
      • 8.2.2 Smart environment
      • 8.2.3 Smart water
      • 8.2.4 Smart metering
      • 8.2.5 Security and emergencies
      • 8.2.6 Retail
      • 8.2.7 Logistics
      • 8.2.8 Industrial control
      • 8.2.9 Smart agriculture
      • 8.2.10 Smart animal farming
      • 8.2.11 Domestic and home automation
      • 8.2.12 E-health
    • 8.3 Micro-electronic-mechanical devices
    • 8.4 Nanotechnology
    • 8.5 Commercial IoT products
  • 9. Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
    • 9.1 RFID – a business revolution
    • 9.2 Rapidly maturing technology
    • 9.3 Spectrum allocation
  • 10. Application examples
    • 10.1 Cyber-physical systems
    • 10.2 OpenFlow – the programmable network revolution
    • 10.3 Behavioural Attitudinal Geolocation
    • 10.4 Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)
    • 10.5 Ubiquitous Complex Event Processing (U-CEP)
    • 10.6 Cognitive/neuromorphic computing
    • 10.7 E-Science
      • 10.7.1 Citizens E-Science
    • 10.8 Wireless Networks
    • 10.9 Smart grids
    • 10.10 Smartphones and game consoles
    • 10.11 IPv6
    • 10.12 Opportunistic computing
    • 10.13 Blockchain and Smart Contracts – building on the Bitcoin platform
  • 11. Conclusion: Connected lifestyle
  • Table 1 – Global M2M module shipments – 2015; 2020
  • Table 2 – Global RFID market value – 2013-2015; 2020
  • Table 3 – Global RFID tag sales – 2013-2016
  • Exhibit 1 - Machine-to-machine applications and technologies, by dispersion and mobility
  • Exhibit 2 – Harvesting energy from radio frequency
  • Exhibit 3 – Weightless SIG
  • Exhibit 4 – The first major M2M alliances
  • Exhibit 5 – Amazon Dash Button
  • Exhibit 6 – RFID spectrum frequencies and application examples
  • Exhibit 7 – Lifetime customer relationships

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Last updated 14 Aug 2017
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Analysts: Paul Budde

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