The world is becoming more and more connected, and as 2013 approaches its final weeks, there is no end to the news in the embedded M2M sector. Let’s review this week’s highlights.
According to a new study from Machina Research, titled the “Global M2M Modules Report: Advancing LTE (News - Alert) migration heralds massive change in global M2M modules market,” the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry is on the verge of a dramatic shift due to the 4G/LTE migration happening across key markets. The report finds that new LTE initiatives, namely in M2M markets, are creating important changes in module design, pricing and the product design process for embedding connectivity in products and devices.
“A key impact of this technology migration is being felt by companies that currently have large scale 2G M2M deployments or are looking to deploy new devices over the next few years,” said Andy Castonguay, principal analyst at Machina Research and author of the new report. “The combination of network decommissioning and evolving LTE module options presents a new challenge to product designers of connected devices and M2M solution providers.”
In product-specific news, this week Lantronix (News - Alert) announced the launch of its XPort Pro Lx6 embedded device server, an IPv6 solution in the XPort Pro module family for wired Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. The XPort Pro Lx6 has been added to the provider’s line-up in order to deploy advanced M2M applications in an integrated and pint-sized package. It offers a number of session connectivity modes, remote firmware upgrades and configuration with enterprise class management interfaces.
"With tens of thousands of customers worldwide, the XPort family has an established record of performance and reliability,” said Vishal Kakkad, director of product marketing for Lantronix. “This addition to the XPort family continues this tradition and enables new and existing customers to quickly participate in the ongoing market transition from IPv4 to next generation IPv6 networks.”
Ventus Wireless, a provider of IT networking solutions, also announced the launch of a new solution suite for the retail industry this week. The suite includes Primary Wireless, Wireless Backup, and M2M Wireless, and leverages the company’s 4G LTE wireless products. Ventus solutions are geared toward the retail sector, and are most useful for businesses such as department stores, supermarkets, big-box stores, retail chains, and restaurants.
It’s been a full week for embedded M2M, and next week should be no different, so be sure to check back in with Embedded M2M Solutions for all the latest news.