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.
On March 18, 2009, Kyocera Wireless Modules, the M2M division of Kyocera Wireless, announced that it was ceasing operation at the end of March. Although there had been some rumblings in the industry for a few months that something big was in the works with Kyocera, the news that Kyocera Wireless Modules would be shuttered, rather than sold off or made independent, came as a something of a surprise. Kyocera Wireless Modules has been a respected vendor focused on CDMA embedded modules targeted mainly at the North American market. This Insight examines the possible reasons behind the decision to close down Kyocera’s M2M division, and the possible impact and implications this has for the rest of the cellular M2M industry.