M2M software platform revenues will grow to $3.85bn by 2017, says ABI Research

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Oyster Bay, New York, USA. (Business Wire) — On the path to billions of connections and the internet of things (IoT), M2M software platforms are facilitating the next wave of growth. ABI Research projects that revenues from two platforms currently dominating this market will grow to $3.85 billion by 2017.

Application Enablement Platforms (AEPs) try to do what mobile application development platforms do for smartphone applications – decrease M2M application development time and extend application reach. AEP application development functionality seeks to abstract away from the developer those aspects of the application that are common across many M2M applications such as data normalisation and a data rules engine.

Connected Device Platforms (CDPs) automate the provisioning and management of M2M module connectivity, which is critical in this low ARPU market. CDPs also provide connectivity monitoring, real-time charging and policy control, and can integrate with existing BSS and OSS platforms.

Dan Shey, M2M practice director, comments, “Custom development and islands of functionality characterise the current M2M market. AEP and CDP platforms intend to provide more ‘horizontal’ capabilities that will expand the supplier base, end-user markets and ultimately facilitate a more connected planet.”

Craig Foster, principal analyst, M2M, added, “Operators will play important roles in driving the market moving forward. Operators, particularly in North America and Western Europe, have a strong position in the CDP market, many with self-built CDPs. They are also seeking to move into the AEP market as it is potentially a more lucrative portion of the M2M value chain. But operator growth in the M2M market also means building roaming alliances and partnerships with other operators for their international customers.”

The M2M Software Platform database provides revenue forecasts for adoption of AEP and CDP platforms. Data is segmented by region including US and Canada break-outs; and by at least 10 different applications. Also included is the TAM (Total Available Market) for each platform. This database is part of ABI Research’s M2M Service Delivery Platforms Research Service (https://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/m2m-service-delivery-platforms/).

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and advisory services.

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