Wireless M2M to grow rapidly in 2014


Connected management mega-trend drives the global wireless M2M market

The global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine to machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the end of the year, a new study has shown.

East Asia, Western Europe and North America are the main regional markets for wireless M2M, accounting for around 75% of the installed base, said research firm, Berg Insight. In the next five years, the global number of wireless M2M connections is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9% to reach 599.7 million in 2019.

The mega-trend driving technology adoption in Europe and North America is what Berg Insight calls the concept of connected management. 'The IT revolution has created new opportunities to collect and analyse data for the purpose of managing objects and behaviours,' said Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst, Berg Insight. 'Connected management is based on the connection of remote devices to applications for the purpose of managing assets and products, costs and revenues, relationships and behavior, etcetera'.

Connected cars is a typical area where connected management is applied, as automobile manufacturers develop solutions enabling themselves and the driver to manage the vehicle and the driving experience through a range of applications.

Connected fleets is the underlying trend for most other vehicle-based applications that enable fleet operators and external stakeholders such as governments, insurance companies and financial service providers to manage vehicles, operations, risks and revenues associated to the vehicle such as taxes and insurance premiums.

The connected enterprise is emerging as a blueprint for corporate management, based on the vision that every asset and product should be directly linked to the enterprise network, feeding data in real time to relevant IT systems, stated Berg Insight.


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