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 April 2009 T-Mobile USA announced a partnership with smart metering technology vendor Echelon to deploy systems that pair T-Mobile USA’s cellular network (as well as a new embedded SIM) with Echelon’s powerline carrier-based NES smart meter system. This follows on the heels of AT&T’s March 2009 announcement of a deal with smart metering technology vendor SmartSynch to embed an AT&T cellular connection into each individually deployed Smart Synch smart meter. (It’s important to note that Verizon Wireless and Sprint also have burgeoning smart metering activities.) Such direct and active participation in the market has not always characterized the wireless carriers’ strategic positioning in the M2M space, however. This Insight examines the challenges wireless carriers have faced in the M2M market to date and what these smart metering announcements say about the solutions that carriers are developing to engage the market more fully.