With October at a close, and November firing up in earnest, there was plenty of news afoot when it came to the machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions market. With lots of new products emerging, and attitudes changing, there was quite a bit to examine. Now, with a weekend before us, we can take the chance to check out the bigger picture and run down some of the highlights of the week with our Week in Review coverage!
First, we had a look at how modules are set to make getting the Internet of Things concept off the ground by providing the expertise that many companies simply lack. After all, a company that designs washers and dryers, or similar home appliances, may not understand antenna design, and that component is keeping some makers out of integration. But with modules—or chip-on-board systems—it becomes a much simpler matter to add the necessary connectivity with just an added component.
Next, Pedigree Technologies landed some exciting new accolades from Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert) when it took home the 2013 North American Customer Value Enhancement Award for Remote Asset Management. The award recognizes Pedigree Technologies' skill in keeping track of assets via a set of mobile applications that provide tracking on a variety of items. Plus, with Pedigree Technologies' systems, companies can better plan truck routes according to remaining fuel on hand, ensuring that costly delays are much less likely to take place.
Security in the Internet of Things made a mark in the next form of news, as companies—and even individuals--note that connecting devices and receiving data from same opens up more potential access points for hackers to slip in and take information, control devices to detrimental effects, or do further damage from there. Moreover, such connectivity can also pose privacy risks, an issue that has become particularly pointed with recent events, and thus protective measures must be taken to ensure that information remains private and unmolested by outside intruders.
Then came word that Rockwell Automation was looking to acquire vMonitor, in a deal that included an undisclosed sum, and also was said to represent part of Rockwell Automation's (News - Alert) growing interest in the oil and gas markets. With vMonitor, Rockwell Automation got access to a variety of wireless systems like wellhead monitoring devices, as well as a series of remote terminal units and the like commonly seen at oil and gas wells. Additionally, reports suggest that Rockwell Automation will use the hardware as a means to deliver remote monitoring systems for water and wastewater facilities, as well as mining operations and other ventures.
Finally, we had a look at Cisco's impact on the M2M sector, which was substantial to say the least. Cisco (News - Alert) has been seen with an active focus on the M2M market, offering up a variety of products related to sensors, to gateway connection devices, to security cameras and a host of other devices. Cisco has also been seen with a variety of embedded solution options designed to help businesses get more involved with M2M. This involvement gives Cisco a particular edge in the market as it moves to get more businesses involved, using Cisco products as the base.
That was the week that was in machine-to-machine solutions, and a great many developments made for a lot to consider. Our global online community was in fine form bringing back all this news, so be sure to join us back here next week for even more news from the field, and every weekend for our Week in Review!