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 June, ABI Research’s M2M Practice Director Sam Lucero attended the “Connected World 2010” tradeshow in Chicago, Illinois, formerly known as “M2M United.” The show is a machine-to-machine industry-focused event where vendors have an opportunity to exhibit and conduct business and attendees can experience educational seminars and panels. Although the show seems in danger of being eclipsed by new M2M events co-located at the large telecom tradeshows, (e.g., Mobile World Congress and CTIA) and now has competition from M2M-specific tradeshows and application-specific events (e.g., Telematics Detroit), it remains a key US forum for the M2M industry to come together and compare notes. Several themes emerged from this year’s show: a growing shift to mainstream cellular industry player participation, the significant presence of M2M software platform providers, and strong attention to the need for comprehensive M2M standards.