The Internet of Things is taking the world by storm with millions of devices coming online every day.
Over 13 billion connected devices are predicted to be in existence according to the analysis firm Juniper Research.1 Over 5.5 million new devices are coming online every day, representing a 30 percent increase in the number of connected devices from 2015.
The challenge many enterprises face with an ever-growing network of connected ‘things’ is how to effectively capture and channel the data being exchanged. ‘Things’ in the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to any wire- or wirelessly connected physical object, including transportation vehicles, sensors, mobile phones or even people. This is where Machine to Machine (M2M) technology comes into play - M2M enables the connection of ‘things’.
This white paper explores M2M connectivity, including a definition of the concept and various connection options. It dives into how IoT applications are enabled by M2M, and describes the existing options for IoT connectivity. Next, a business case for global connectivity solutions through a relatively new hardware, Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (UICC), is presented. The case demonstrates how UICC technology could influence and shape both connectivity and business in the future. Furthermore, this paper will address questions of data management and security for manufacturers who are preparing for a global deployment of internet-enabled devices.