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Global Telecoms - M2M a Key Global Trend

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) also referred to as ‘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.

With the development of high-speed broadband infrastructure now well and truly underway in many countries it is important to look at what will be the real value of this new infrastructure. The infrastructure that is now being built offers a range of features such as ubiquitousness, affordability, low latency, high speed and high capacity. It will link 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.

Many ICT companies are increasing their presence in countries that either have or are developing high-speed infrastructure, Australia is a good example here. Their NBN is an ideal test-bed for such developments. A great deal of attention is being paid to cloud computing and the NBN can be viewed as one gigantic cloud. Qatar is aiming to use its NBN to become a regional centre for the Arab countries.

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

Latest developments:

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.

Hop topics:

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.


1. Synopsis
2. ‘Things’
3. Telcos and the science of big data
4. From SCaDa to IoT
4.1 Machine-to-machine communications (M2M)
4.1.1 First major M2M alliance
4.1.2 The OneM2M initiative
4.2 Connected devices
5. Sensors
5.1 Introduction
6. Sensor applications for a smarter world
6.1.1 Smart cities
6.1.2 Smart environment
6.1.3 Smart water
6.1.4 Smart metering
6.1.5 Security and emergencies
6.1.6 Retail
6.1.7 Logistics
6.1.8 Industrial control
6.1.9 Smart agriculture
6.1.10 Smart animal farming
6.1.11 Domotic and home automation
6.1.12 E-health
6.2 Micro-electronic-mechanical devices
6.3 Nanotechnology
6.4 Commercial IoT products
7. RFID
7.1 RFID – a business revolution
7.2 Rapidly maturing technology
7.2.1 Use in retail
7.2.2 Use in healthcare poised to grow
7.2.3 Use in identification
7.3 Fragmented standards
7.4 Spectrum allocation
8. Change in services driven by sensing and monitoring information
9. Who will dominate the IoT market?
10. Building smart communities and smart countries
11. Stage one – infrastructure
11.1 Electricity companies and the Internet of Things
11.1.1 Smart metering will account for over 40% of installed M2M devices
11.1.2 IPv6 update
12. Stage two – trans-sector policies
13. Stage three – the business game-changer
14. Application examples
14.1 OpenFlow – the programmable network revolution
14.2 Behavioural Attitudinal Geolocation
14.3 Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)
14.4 Cloud Computing – an essential element of the Internet of Things
14.5 Ubiquitous Complex Event Processing (U-CEP)
14.6 Cognitive computing
14.7 Wireless Networks
14.8 Smart grids
14.9 Cosm
14.10 Smartphones
14.11 e-entertainment
14.12 IPv6
14.13 Opportunistic computing
14.14 E-Science
14.14.1 Citizens E-Science
14.14.2 From video to virtual knowledge
15. Staggering IoT predictions
16. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – Worldwide connected devices
Chart 1 –Worldwide market share of M2M connections – 2011; 2020
Exhibit 1 – Item-level RFID use
Exhibit 2 – RFID spectrum frequencies and application examples
Exhibit 3 – Cows and the IoT
Exhibit 4 – Smart shopping
Exhibit 5 – Lifetime customer relationships
Exhibit 6 – Many Eyes – e-science web site example
Exhibit 7 – GigaPort3

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