What is in this article?:
- M2Mâ€™s Revenue Promise Drives New Focus on Smart Services
- Standardized Platforms Nurture Development of Smarter Devices
- Get Ready for More
The growth of connected devices is fueling a societal shift changing the way people work, live and think. Embedded OEMs and designers are at the forefront of this shift, thinking creatively and developing new M2M (machine to machine) systems that take advantage of a connected world. M2M holds the promise of enabling intelligent data gathering and sharing among literally billions of connected devices. This includes embedded CPUs that can be networked with the goal of connecting devices, systems and processes to create transparent control of human and machine transactions. But once designers embrace this broad concept, how do designs evolve to take advantage of its extended promise? The answer lies in smart services, or applications that provide the autonomous device management required for efficient, cost-effective and highly intelligent M2M deployments.
Autonomous manageability enables new ways of interacting with users, as well as new vehicles for delivering services. Revenue potential is significant when communication is always on, yet the complexity of deploying such systems can be daunting. Developers must fine tune a multitude of design, processing and communication factors in order to assure connectivity, and at the same time achieve an acceptable level of economic efficiency with each deployment. The challenge of serving a new market area with needed solutions is significant, but not insurmountable when working with the right tools and partners. Today, those challenges include electrical design and security complexities as well as costs. This is due to fragmentation of preferred wireless communication protocols and a proprietary M2M value chain, which functions in sharp contrast to the standardized hardware and software environments characteristic to Internet protocols. Although it is anticipated that fragmentation will be reduced as the space matures, the M2M landscape today represents an uphill climb for developers who are intent on creating services that deliver concrete value. Ultimately, their forward progress and innovation will be given a needed boost by the growth and availability of standards-based embedded computing platforms that simplify development of smart services.