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.
At CTIA last month Iridium, the satellite communications company presented its M2M offerings that leverage its low earth orbiting satellite communications network. The company has significantly developed its offerings from the high-priced consumer/business focused offering it first launched with in 1999. Embracing M2M is another example of the company’s efforts to increase the use of its global satellite network to data services, but is also an indication of where both Iridium and M2M communications are moving and how far they have both come.