Yes ! That would be my idea as to how the M2M networks should be implemented. Instead of individual machines in a home or office communicating over independent communication channels , a gateway would help in economizing the cost, as well as we can deploy a proper security firewall in the gateway - it being more powerful tan the individual controllers in the appliances and other home machines.
Such gateway would allow the owner of the house ( or an authorized home care and security agency to communicate , query and control various gadgets and appliances
I think the 8-bit and the 16-bit MCU manufacturers will benefit the most as these processors are capable and cheap enough for most M2M applications.
Also, for GSM/GPRS/3G OEMs there are great opportunities. Companies such as Motorola, Sierra Wireless and Cinterion will greatly benefit from this opportunity.
The mobile operators already provide development kits (including the development environments as well as the hardware and the SIM card) that simply let the software developers and the designers to experiment with the M2M technologies.
I also see a great growth opportunity for the battery as well as the energy harvesting companies that will constitute an indispensable part of most M2M applications.
Of course, the health of the above growth comes down to how well the mobile operators create the correct ecosystem for M2M to grow.
By 2017, M2M is expected to comprise 16 percent of all chip sales in the world.
@Dr.Cagri, thanks for the informative post. I never imagined that M2M is such a huge market. Thanks to these new emerging technologies, we will not see slow down in the chip sales. Curios to know which companies will benefit more from this new technology ?
@prabhakar: Isn't that easily possible through a Wi-Fi based wireless router? Already all your laptops and smartphones are connected through the router so M2M communication can be done with the router acting as the gateway. All the external communication can be handled by the router through internet then.
There is the technical aspect as well as the business side with M2M. If the revenues are not satisfactory, the mobile operators are unlikely to invest in M2M. I think this is one of the reasons why M2M has not grown as fast as expected.
I agree that gateway is the most cost effective method of owning an M2M solution but this is not what the mobile operators want for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, as the mobile operators are the key contractors to make M2M a success, users will end up paying more than what is technically possible when it comes to M2M applications.
For M2M to be cost effective , what we need is a single gateway device which can communicate with the rest of the world using whatever form of communication media is available ( say mobile) and has a local area communication system with all the devices in and around the home.
I see an opportunity to use this technology in the commercial sector. Off-site, staff people use their mobiles extensively, and macro access to site servers or the cloud can route documents remotely.
The use of mobile devices to capture alert messages is used now with courier services. This makes use of e-mail to SMS text messaging, which offers possibilities for smart security and appliance safety applications.
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