M2M: The Machine-to-Machine Market, 2013-2017

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NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

M2M: The Machine-to-Machine Market, 2013-2017


Description of the Report:

This report analyses the overriding trends and changes taking place in the M2M market around the globe. It explores the driving forces behind the market's growth and transformation, including an examination of the chief market trends, plus volume and value forecasts up to 2017 by geographical area (Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America), by country (13 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU5, Japan, Russia, Turkey and USA).

It also presents the quantitative evolution of the M2M modules, by application and by networking technologies (cellular, wireless and fixed). It also shows the evolution of the different underlying cellular technologies evolution (2G/3G and 4G).

Description of the Database:

This database includes M2M market volume and value forecasts up to 2017 by geographical area (Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America), by country (13 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU5, Japan, Russia, Turkey and USA). It presents the quantitative evolution of the M2M modules, by application and by networking technologies (cellular, wireless and fixed) and shows the evolution of the different underlying cellular technologies evolution (2G/3G and 4G).


World,Asia-Pacific,Europe,Latin America,North America,Australia,Brazil,Canada,China,China,France,Germany,Italy,Japan,Russia,Spain,Turkey,United Kingdom,USA,USA

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Report coverage There is no single industry definition of 'Machine-To-Machine', more commonly referred to as M2M.

The definition used for M2M in this report will be the one that covers the concept of 'communicating devices'. M2M refers to automated communications (both programmed and/or triggered by a man-induced event) that involve at least one remote device which is not a commonly-used information device such as a computer, telephone or TV. This, therefore, involves exchanges between several machines without any human intervention in the chain of communication. An application or service can also be called M2M if it involves communication with at least one machine whose primary feature or value is not communication and/or Internet access, and can thus work without any network connection, as with a car or a meter. In that sense, M2M can include consumer electronics (CE) applications where connectivity is not the primary value. Here, connectivity is seen as an enabler of such CE applications as e-readers or connected Portable Navigation Devices (PND). However, netbooks and mobile devices such as the iPad are excluded. M2M is not, itself, a technology, but rather a logical combination of different technologies based on electronics (such as sensors, RFID and modems), telecommunications (as with GPRS, WiFi, SMS and Internet) and computing (of the likes of XML and information systems), all of which makes it possible to build new services. Here, the M2M scope is restricted to cellular M2M. M2M solutions allow a central server (operated automatically or manually) to communicate with a group of distant machines, via a private, public or operated access network. The purpose generally is to capture data that is stored on the machine and/or to send data to alter the state of the machine. Remote monitoring enabled by M2M can involve the machine itself, a person (equipped with a device) or an object. Whilst this report speaks primarily of machines, the term could in fact refer to an indicator (such as temperature or speed), a person or an object become a communicating device by the addition of sensors or ID components. This report provides market and data analysis, but does not focus on the technology itself. Additionally, it does not cover the Internet of Things. A dedicated report on the topic 'RFID and Internet of Things' is currently available at the IDATE bookstore.

Market segmentation Like any market, M2M technology offers specific solutions to various industries or vertical markets. The main industries involved in M2M technology are presented in the following table, which shows that segmentation is primarily vertical.Security Description of service:

Abnormal situation detectionHomeland securityMaritime security

Examples of applications :



Description of service:

Remotely collect data on flow rate, pressure, temperature, tank level and equipment status as an alternative to manual, on-site data collection

Energy distribution (pipeline surveillance)

Examples of applications :


Transport Description of service:

TrackingTelematics services

Examples of applications :

Fleet managementEmergency alerts on vehiclesToll booth payment via automatic identificationMaritime tracking


Description of service:


Examples of applications :


Point of sale (PoS)

Connection to automatic teller machines (ATM)

Virtual wallet solutions (such as FeliCa)

Automotive Description of service:

Customised insurance rateTelematics servicesInfotainment

Examples of applications :

'Pay-as-you-drive' modelRemote diagnosticMobile video and mobile Internet services

Home Automation

Description of service:

Remote applications normally using short-range technologies

Examples of applications :


Remote programming

Energy management

Healthcare / WellnessDescription of service:

Essentially dedicated to patients

Examples of applications :

Blood pressureGlucose level

Consumer electronics

Description of service:

Connectivity agnosticism for endusers (B2B2C)

Examples of applications :

Photo frame


Connected PND

M2M products can also be categorised under the following main applications: •?Surveillance: The goal here is to ensure the security of a 'site', either buildings or a given category of mobile individuals (such as children, patients or prisoners) who may pose certain risks, either to themselves or to others. The information that is communicated is generally very basic, mostly a location and/or an alert if a threshold such as a specific perimeter is reached

• Fleet management: Based in large part on global positioning packages, these solutions enable (usually real-time) tracking of the position of objects or mobile equipment. The goal then is to have real-time control over locations and to be able to optimise travel and routes.

• Remote monitoring: These solutions – mostly one-way communication systems from the machine to the server – can serve several purposes. For vendors or machine installers in an open environment (at customer premises, for example), the goal is chiefly one of preventive maintenance for their customers. They can thus be alerted to technical problems with the machines through an alert system. For uses in a closed environment, coupled with maintenance in some cases (which the company does not necessarily handle directly), the main goal is to ensure operational control over the fleet of machines (rate of operation, raw material consumption), and to gather commercial data, particularly on consumption related to the machine, either at regular intervals or when an alert threshold has been exceeded.

• Info mobility: While other systems mostly retrieve information from the machine and dispatch it to the central server, these solutions look for the relevant part of the mass of information that is available on the Web (public or private databases) that can be associated with a product in a mobility context.

• Monetics: These solutions make it possible to automate financial streams either in full or partially, generally from a company's distant site to a financial institution or a customer account. These are usually replacements for existing payment solutions, and they are generally implemented to save time and process more customers.

Other main segmentations include:

• Geography: the market is typically different for each geographical region (US, Asia, Europe) even if offerings have to be international or trans-regional in nature as applications are spread worldwide, often in mobile contexts. This demands specific solutions. Indeed, some usages differ from location to location throughout the world. For instance, mobile payment is definitely more widespread in Asia (notably Korea and Japan) and pricing and package typologies are thus completely different from European ones. • Networking technology: multiple technologies are used in M2M, more or less meeting vertical requirements. In this report, IDATE focuses on wireless technologies only. For instance, home automation applications will primarily use short-range technologies whereas homeland security will favour satellite communications. However, cellular technologies (2G and 3G) remain widespread.

Market assessment and forecasts

IDATE forecasts are based on:

• Primary data gathering worldwide, through desk research and dozens of interviews with the major module manufacturers and mobile operators.• Market models that isolate key service consumption parameters and service pricing assumption.

Data for estimates and forecasts (from 2008 to 2017) is segmented by:

• geographical area,

• country

• M2M building blocks (hardware, software, connectivity).


1. Executive Summary 7 1.1. Continuous growth in M2M market 8

1.2. Automotive, consumer electronics and utilities verticals will drive M2M market 9

1.3. M2M players seeking business opportunity beyond their core expertise 10

2. Methodology 11 2.1. General approach 11

2.2. Report coverage 12

2.3. Market segmentation 13

2.4. Market assessment and forecasts 14

3. Key underlying technologies 15 3.1. M2M architecture 15

3.2. Standardization 17

3.3. Communication technologies 18

3.3.1. Numbering issues 18

3.3.2. Addressing technologies 19

3.3.3. Mobile Networking technologies 20

3.3.4. Wireless technologies 24

3.3.5. Wired technologies 31

3.4. Non communications technologies 34

3.4.1. Service and device management platforms 34

3.4.2. Big data 34

4. Market structure and player strategies 37 4.1. Industry structure 37

4.1.1. Value chain 37

4.1.2. Competition structure / landscape / environment 39

4.2. Business models 40

5. M2M vertical markets 42 5.1. Automotive 44

5.2. Utilities 48

5.3. Security. 50

5.4. Consumer Electronics 53

5.5. Healthcare 55

5.6. Transport 58

5.7. Commerce 60

6. Strategic analysis 62 6.1. General aspects 62

6.1.1. Impact of consumer electronics 62

6.1.2. Security and device management become key in value proposition 62

6.2. Hardware segment 63

6.3. Connectivity segment 70

6.4. IT segment 78

7. Markets and forecasts 85 7.1. Market development factors 85

7.1.1. Analysis of growth drivers 85

7.1.2. Forecast hypotheses 86

7.2. Market forecasts 87

7.2.1. Forecasts 2013-2017 87

7.2.2. Forecasts by country 89

7.2.3. Forecasts by technology 90

7.2.4. Forecasts by application 91

7.2.5. Forecasts by market segment, by platform 92

8. Appendixes 94 8.1. Company profiles 94

8.1.1. Card makers 94

8.1.2. Module manufacturers 96

8.1.3. Telcos and MVNE 100

8.1.4. IT integrators and service providers 115

Tables Table 1: M2M market segmentation 13

Table 2: Addressing needs and identification in networks 19

Table 3: Comparative features of leading cellular M2M solutions 20

Table 4: Mobile technology specifications 21

Table 5: Module price by technology used 21

Table 6: Level of 3G and LTE adoption at the end of 2012 (in terms of subscribers) 22

Table 7: Level of 4G adoption (in terms of subscriptions) 22

Table 8: Features of main short range technologies 27

Table 9: Main acquisitions in M2M space 39

Table 10: Comparison of key elements in standard and M2M operator business models 40

Table 11: M2M developments, by vertical market. 43

Table 12: Main applications in the automotive industry 44

Table 13: Summary of key elements for telematic development 46

Table 14: Car makers strategy regarding module implementation 47

Table 15: Volume expectations. 47

Table 16: Main applications in the utility industry 48

Table 17: Development prospects in the utility industry 50

Table 18: Main applications in the security industry 51

Table 19: Development prospects in the security industry 52

Table 20: Main applications in the consumer electronics industry 54

Table 21: Development prospects in the consumer electronics industry 55

Table 22: Main applications in the healthcare industry 56

Table 23: Development prospects in the healthcare industry 57

Table 24: Main applications in the transport industry 58

Table 25: Development prospects in the transport industry 59

Table 26: Main applications in the commerce industry 60

Table 27: Development prospects in the commerce industry 61

Table 28: Market landscape for module vendors 63

Table 29: M2M revenues of largest M2M module makers, 2012 66

Table 30: Main acquisitions in M2M module space 67

Table 31: Module price by technology used 67

Table 32: Module maker positioning 68

Table 33: Module manufacturer acquisitions in the platform market 69

Table 34: Sierra Wireless revenues by product line 70

Table 35: Market landscape for MVNE 70

Table 36: Market landscape for network operators 71

Table 37: Main features of competing technologies 72

Table 38: Application features including usage and ARPU 73

Table 39: Bandwidth required by M2M application 75

Table 40: List of carriers with single point of contact 76

Table 41: Carrier positioning 77

Table 42: Market landscape for integrators, service providers and software players 78

Table 43: Different alliance memberships 79

Table 44: Main platform description 80

Table 45: AT&T (end of year) wireless segment, in millions 101

Table 46: 2Q13 net add summary (in thousands) 101

Table 47: T-mobile M2M subscriptions 103

Table 48: Vodafone product offering 112

Table 49: Verizon spectrum of sales models 113

Figures Figure 1: World cellular M2M markets 7

Figure 2: Architecture of an M2M solution 15

Figure 3: Main objective of OneM2M 17

Figure 4: Main benefits of OneM2M 18

Figure 5: Low cost LTE standardization roadmap 23

Figure 6: Vodafone roadmap for MTC-based LTE 24

Figure 7: Overview of a Personal Area Network ecosystem 25

Figure 8: Main technologies in use according to bandwidth (in Mbps) and reach 26

Figure 9: Wireless M-Bus technology ecosystem 27

Figure 10: Key differentiators of SigFox, compared to the competition 29

Figure 11: Deployment roadmap (2012 in blue, 2013 in green on the left picture) 30

Figure 12: Digital dividend spectrum 31

Figure 13: Home by SFR solution 32

Figure 14: Jasper Wireless global platform 34

Figure 15: Various kinds of data sources 35

Figure 16: Smart machine value chain 37

Figure 17: M2M development by vertical industry 42

Figure 18: ECall operating principle 45

Figure 19: M2M platform by ZTE 64

Figure 20: Internet of Things connectivity platform 65

Figure 21: Cisco's strategy towards the Internet of Everything 65

Figure 22: Operating principle of Sierra Wireless platform 69

Figure 23: QoS strategy at Telenor 73

Figure 24: Cloud M2M strategy at T-Mobile 77

Figure 25: Map of Jasper presence 79

Figure 26: Global coverage with unmatched European footprint 80

Figure 27: T-Mobile strategy towards the cloud and big data 83

Figure 28: World M2M markets 87

Figure 29: World Cellular M2M markets 88

Figure 30: World Cellular M2M markets 88

Figure 31: Cellular module evolution, by country 89

Figure 32: Cellular module CAGR 2012/2017, by country 89

Figure 33: M2M module evolution, by technology 90

Figure 34: Cellular module evolution, by technology 91

Figure 35: M2M module evolution, by vertical 91

Figure 36: Worldwide cellular connectivity revenues 92

Figure 37: Share of cellular M2M revenues in mobile data revenues in Europe 92

Figure 38: Worldwide Software and IT services revenues 93

Figure 39: Cellular M2M module market 93

Figure 40: Android-based car rear-view mirror 97

Figure 41: AirVantage product description 98

Figure 42: AT&T M2M offering 101

Figure 43: GM and AT&T alliance 102

Figure 44: T-Mobile strategy 104

Figure 45: Orange KPIs for 2012 105

Figure 46: NTT DOCOMO approach to M2M, providing device, network and service 106

Figure 47: Telenor value proposition 110

Figure 48: Number of M2M connections at Vodafone 111

Figure 49: Jasper positioning 116

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