2013 was an exciting year for embedded M2M applications, and we expect 2014 to be the same. Even though this past week was interrupted by the Christmas holiday, there was still some exciting news.
At the start of the week, we learned that Tata Consultancy (News - Alert) introduced a new mobile app, TCS Insurance Telematics Solution, that turns a smartphone into a mobile telematics device, as the name suggests.
Telematics is a game changer and will ultimately drive auto insurance premiums in the future. It provides insurer's an opportunity to improve customer engagement and service, while having the potential to make our roads safer for all of us,” Suresh Muthuswami, president of Insurance and healthcare at TCS, said.
One of the major success stories of M2M in 2013 was its use in the transportation industry. Both operators and customers always seem to want to know where their stuff is. One the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to move stuff in America is still by railroad.
Thingworx has announced that it is powering Railcomm’s M2M and industrial Internet applications to make rail shipping even more efficient.
“RailComm’s expertise in automation and device management, in combination with ThingWorx rapid application platform, provides us with dramatically improved solution delivery for our customers. ThingWorx is the only platform that allows us to ‘modernize’ our connected rail solutions and rapidly respond to our customer’s needs without the need for additional development staff, while continuing to provide the flexibility and scalability to grow with our operation,” Railcomm vice president and research and development Michael Penza said.
The ARM (News - Alert) architecture had a good 2013, powering must-have mobile devices like Apple’s iPad Air, but it’s also popular as an embedded platform. ARM Holdings announced that STMicroelectronics (News - Alert) was joining its ARM mbed project to develop embedded devices.
“By joining the mbed project, ST is enabling developers across diverse markets to quickly prototype and create new products based on leading-edge STM32 microcontrollers,” said Daniel Colonna, Microcontrollers marketing manager at ST.
We hope you had a good holiday season and are looking forward to a new year of embedded M2M innovation.