We are in the early stages of a new world where everything that should be connected will be connected. Connected cars, homes, industrial processes, healthcare, agriculture, and other sectors comprise a few billion connections today. In the next 20 years, connections to things, sensors, computers, and people will grow nearly 10 times. Helping businesses limit the risk and maximize the opportunity is the IoT, IoE, and M2M intelligence sector. This sector provides an end-to-end view of the connected thing value chain from devices to value-added services. Critical IoT solution components of connected devices, service platforms, security, analytics, IoT applications, partner programs, and professional services are examined by supplier and technology viewpoints. The sector is grounded in the IoT Market Tracker, a highly segmented database that quantifies the entire IoT value chain by connection technology and six revenue categories. Additionally, the IoE Market Tracker provides a total market view by fixed and wireless connection technologies and by vertical market for computing devices and connected things.
In November and December of 2008 ABI Research undertook a survey of key executives in the cellular M2M value chain in order to learn their thoughts on the impact of the current economic crisis on the M2M industry. Respondents were asked to participate based on ABI Research’s perception of their deep knowledge and insight into the M2M market. Thirty-eight individuals were asked to submit written answers to a survey form and, in total, seventeen individuals responded (although some individual responses were “collective efforts” of two or more people.) Respondent job titles ranged from Director to C-level executives within their respective companies. All respondents were responsible in some fashion for strategy formulation at their respective companies. Company types included: cellular embedded module suppliers, M2M equipment maker / Application Service Providers, and network providers (including M2M-focused MVNOs and MMOs, and MNOs). The survey revealed some interesting results.