M2M Markets

Recently the market has developed quickly with low-cost high-functionality modems widely available. There is an almost complete geographic coverage in Europe of fast data access to mobile networks via GPRS and EDGE. We now see that the key requirements for remote asset management are ultra low power consumption and remote configuration and maintenance through centralised management software. These features drive cost out of deployment and running costs often associated with remote asset management projects. 

AMR (Automatic Meter Reading) and Smart Meters

"Driven by new regulation and a global energy crisis,it is estimated that utilities will spend $1.6 billion on Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technology for smart metering and demand response in 2011. In 2012, there will be a total possible market of 276 million Home Area Network (HAN) devices worldwide. (OnWorld Research.) Most of the revenues are expected to be generated from Home Area Networks, which are likely to be based on short range wireless technologies. However, a remotely accessed smart meter connected over the mobile data network is the key service enabling technology. Smart meters allow the energy provider, and regulatory authorities, to offer usage based services, and financial incentives, from an internet interface which is simple flexible and universally available.

AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location), vehicle tracking, and fleet management 

Vehicle tracking was the original asset tracking market for first generation GPS devices. The total world market for asset tracking is projected to be over 35 million subscribers by 2013 from an approximate installed based of 5 million in 2008. (ABI Research) The market is now developing in two main ways, firstly higher functionality edge devices and backend systems to integrate simple fleet management into CRM applications (such as letting internet shoppers know where their groceries are, monitoring coolers, door opening events, tyre pressure and many other sensors to improve fuel efficiency and customer responsiveness) and secondly, ultra low power devices for nomadic assets such as containers and trailers that remain static for most of the time but may suddenly require tracking after movement. The primary driver in this second mass market is in-service cost, thus ruggedised units with lifetimes in the field of several years are required, at a price point typical of mass production rather than customised development. Features such as motion detection and a rules engine in the device that can originate communications only on specific stimuli help reduce in-service cost.  


The security market is a mature market with established players and very high functionality at low cost is usually mandatory in this sector. Traditional security alarm and building service providers have expanded their portfolios to include remotely accessed cameras, door entry systems, and all facilities monitoring applications. The market often requires a rules based system with intelligence at the edge to reduce in-service costs. For instance full motion video is very effective in certain applications but can be a costly user of bandwidth. This market also addresses a wide range of applications for remote and lone workers including push-to-talk and auto initiated alarm on lack of movement. Power usage management and the capability to alarm in low or no power situations is often required. The mini-MT ™ from Enfora ® is specifically designed to address the requirements of lone remote workers. It is a robust, location aware, motion sensitive, full voice and data communicator. It has programmable buttons and an integrated rules engine that can be configured to provide a customised development on off-the-shelf hardware to accelerate deployment.


The medical sector is a diverse market for remote machine to machine applications, with expensive asset tracking requirements, patient monitoring and remote workers in potentially dangerous situations. We put intelligence at the edge of the network with smart rules based machines that ensure bandwidth is used intelligently, features are actioned locally, and most efficient use is made of centralised servers and databases. We provide full over the air configuration using AT commands and progammable features such as geofencing and location alerts (over SMS or GPRS) for tracking or breadcrumb trials. Power usage monitoring allows functionality to be tailored to the conditions, and firmware upgrade over the air ensures in-service costs of upgrades are kept to a minimum.

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