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M2M News Weekly – Week of November 25, 2012

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

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Compass Intelligence, a global consulting and market analytics firm, released its latest forecast of the M2M market today. The cellular M2M market will reach 33.3 million connections in the U.S. in 2012 and grow to 114.7 million connections by 2016 with an annual growth rate of over 36 percent. Read Original Content

Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas last month instituted a policy that requires students to wear ID cards implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip. Sophomore Andrea Hernandez refused to wear the device and was suspended. Read Original Content

Shipments of satellite-based communications nodes used for smart grid applications are forecast to more than quadruple between now and 2020, according to a new study from Pike Research. The market-research company expects node shipments to rise from about 11,500 in 2012 to nearly 48,000 by 2020. Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

ProximaRF, a subsidiary of Tranzbyte Corporation, is working on the development of an RFID reader that could successfully track shipments of legally grown and distributed marijuana from the time the product is harvested to the time it is delivered to retailers. Read Original Content


U.K. mobile operator Three is rolling out a cloud-based M2M platform. The new platform reduces set-up time and costs for mobile virtual network operators and gives them control of their connections, such as activating and deactivating their connections, tracking data usage, setting alerts and applying data limits. Read Original Content

Last year there were roughly 110 million cellular-connected M2M connections in the world. ABI Research, a New York-based follower of technology trends, thinks we’ll see more than 365 million by 2016. Read Original Content

Revenue from smart grid renewables integration will grow from $3.8 billion in 2012 to just under $13 billion in 2018, a study by Pike Research concludes. Read Original Content

A $5.5 billion investment in smart grid technology could save New Zealand $23 billion during the next 20 years, a report into green growth says. Read Original Content

Founded in 1979, DSI is a global provider of Enterprise Mobility Solutions®, helping companies worldwide increase productivity and profitability regardless of data source, device type, operating system or network connectivity.  DSI serves clients globally through its offices in Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by DSI.

By the end of 2014 France will initiate a €4.3 billion plan to deploy 35 million electronic power meters, the country’s energy minister said. Read Original Content

Germany’s decision on whether to mandate the introduction of smart grids could make or break the European industry, according to a new study from analyst firm Berg Insight. Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.