GSMA launches a new social platform to bring M2M leaders together

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London, UK. June 13, 2012 — The GSMA is today launching an initiative called Connected Community. A new social platform, it is designed to bring leaders closer together in the machine-to-machine (M2M) ecosystem, as a spokesman says “to collectively power the vision of connected living”.

The GSMA wants to encourage those organisations and individuals active in M2M to create ‘virtual tiles’ on a dedicated section of its portal in order to share information, add to discussions and “drive forward shared knowledge of the M2M space”. Content on the site is expected to range from news and stories to trends, research and more. The GSMA has created the Connected Community to serve as a go-to hub for insights, sharing, and discussion around the evolution and growth of connectivity.

A spokesman tells M2M Now, “We want the GSMA Connected Community to offer you the chance to reach the global M2M ecosystem, with your news, your views and your content. It’s a new opportunity, it allows user-generated content to be shared across the global industry, allowing you to be seen by, and promoted to, the exclusive GSMA audience of industry thought leaders, market makers and influencers.”

With the number of mobile connected devices expected to increase 100% to nearly 12 billion by 2020, this is a market opportunity that the GSMA and its associated analysts say will then be worth US$1.2 trillion. So, cross-industry collaboration is essential to deliver the Connected Life.

The GSMA’s vision of a future Connected Life, describes a world where consumers and businesses enjoy rich new services across many different devices, all securely connected to the internet via ubiquitous mobile broadband networks. The Connected Life will be underpinned by seamless and pervasive connectivity between people and processes, enabling a wealth of valuable context-aware services to be delivered immediately and automatically. Individuals will enjoy personalised experiences whenever, wherever and for whatever purpose they are required.

The Connected Life will see technology continually working with you and around you, significantly reducing the friction in interactions with other people and businesses.

The spread of mobile broadband networks, the emergence of new mobile device categories and the expansion of mobile service propositions is establishing the Internet of Things. Within the next decade, billions of new devices will be connected to mobile networks, providing consumers and businesses with an array of applications, services and experiences. This, we believe, will really usher in the Connected Life in which we are always connected, anywhere, and at any time.

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