Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

CTIA: M2M players gear up for growth

Iain Morris
September 11, 2014
With M2M and the Internet of Things (IoT) emerging as a major theme at this week’s CTIA show in Las Vegas, M2M Zone took to the exhibition floor to find out more about the products and services industry players have been launching. Here is a round-up of the latest announcements.

Telematics hardware company ATrack (Taipei, Taiwan) has launched new asset-tracking products for monitoring and managing mobile assets using cellular and satellite communications. The AS1 Asset Tracker and AS3 Vehicle/Trailer Tracker will work on GPS/GLONASS and GPRS/HSPA/CDMA networks and are designed to withstand tough operating conditions, including long periods of water immersion under pressure.

M2M player CalAmp (Oxnard, CA, USA) has unveiled a new M2M app store allowing its partners to distribute commercial applications aimed at specific customer segments. The CalAmp Appstore, as it is branded, will become available in the fourth quarter of 2014 and include the analytics needed for installation, license assignment and status, usage and other key metrics for tracking and managing apps, content and services.

Hardware developer Digi International (Minnetonka, MN, USA) has upgraded its TransPort range of M2M routers to support LTE functionality, allowing customers to connect to the 2G, 3G and 4G networks of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. “Now, one product gives you the choice of three networks, making it easier than ever to deploy, manage and scale cellular device networks throughout North America with confidence,” said Jeff Liebl, Digi’s chief marketing officer.

Embedded Works (San Diego, CA, USA) has launched a new low-cost GPS tracking service priced at just $10 per month, which Andy Do, the company’s president, claims is between a quarter and a third of the cost of traditional services. Speaking to M2M Zone during this week’s CTIA show in Las Vegas, Do said the service was aimed at small businesses for which traditional service options have appeared too expensive.

Fuel monitoring company Omnicomm (Narva, Estonia) says it has been discussing potential partnership opportunities in the US market with Orbcomm, having previously supplied sensors to the satellite player for inclusion in fuel tankers used by NATO forces in Afghanistan. Omnicomm now claims to have sold more than 500,000 sensors in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Mobile virtual network operator RacoWireless (Cincinnati, OH, USA) has launched an Application Marketplace allowing developers to offer their features to solutions and service providers. The marketplace is built on the platform of Position Logic – the company that Raco acquired in July last year – and will allow customers to select from a growing array of applications and integrate these into their own solutions.

Antenna maker Taoglas (Enniscorthy, Ireland) has introduced several new products, including its Gemini-branded 2x2 MIMO LTE-Advanced embedded antenna, the Venti FXP.524 embedded 4x4 MIMO antenna and its Iridium-certified Spartan smart antenna transceiver. The Gemini product features two LTE antennas that are just 10mm apart and will cater to the needs of M2M players developing small designs, while Venti described as ideal for applications such as real-time, high-definition video streaming. Spartan, meanwhile, is aimed at companies working in vehicle tracking or remote tracking where cellular connectivity is not available.

Telit (London, UK) has revealed that platform provider MultiTech Systems (Mounds View, MN, USA) is using its cloud-ready HE910 cellular modulesin its QuickCarrier USB-D cellular dongle to simplify the development and deployment of M2M applications. The companies say the MultiTech devices featuring Telit’s modules will save “months of development work”. The tie-up is also aimed at reducing complexity and cost compared with building a custom point-solution.

Managed services provider Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) has launched a scalable version of its Porthos platform using the virtual data center of Interoute. Dan McDuffie, the chief executive of Wyless, said the deployment would allow the company to rapidly expand new versions of its platforms for global enterprise and mobile operator partners. The first new Porthos site on Interoute VDC New York has already launched for Wyless’s partnership with a large US operator, which will use the Porthos platform to manage its M2M services, and a second Interoute VDC site is to add capacity to the platform.
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