Telcos well placed to lead cross-industry enterprises through business model transformation challenges

Service monetisation is neither industry-agnostic nor exclusive to services-centric businesses. Existing industries with service-centric business models (e.g. telecom) and those who are moving to service monetisation from a product-centric world (media, high-tech etc.) are equally poised to benefit from this growing trend.

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Think agriculture isn't a great place for M2M? Think again….

When most people think of agriculture, they visualize a farmer driving along in the hot sun on an old-style tractor. While this type of farming is still prevalent in many areas, the production of food has become much bigger business and much more technologically savvy than most people realize.

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Smart Energy: Consumers can learn to love their service

BLOG: August 14, 2012 — The relationship between UK energy suppliers and their customers is probably at one of its lowest points since the privatisation of the energy industry, writes Darrin Hill (pictured), an energy expert at PA Consulting Group.

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M2M discussed as 'Business Embassy' operates throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games

BLOG. London, UK — The Olympic Games have provided more than enough entertainment and content for discussions galore. But business people as well as athletes have contributed to the event, says Nigel Chadwick,

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'Minority Report' and opportunities in M2M

BLOG. August 1, 2012 – I remember the movie Minority Report (2002, pictured) writes Fabrizio Bozzarelli, Advantech Europe Business Development Manager, where in the future world there will be automatically controlled traffic.

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2G and 3G carriers? The lowdown on AT&T and T-Mobile USA

BLOG: July 18, 2012 — There’s been a lot of confusion regarding 2G vs. 3G in the USA. Here, Wyless CEO, Dan McDuffie sets the record straight …

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Satellites offer secure and cost-effective role for 'small data'

BLOG. July 7, 2012 – Small data is becoming big business. As demand for M2M services continues to grow, organisations are grappling with what types of network to deploy. While a significant amount of M2M traffic will undoubtedly continue to use wireline or cellular networks, satellite networks are increasingly seen as a secure and cost-effective

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M2M: the direct opportunity for rural and small, facilities-based mobile operators

Mobile operators are well positioned to seize a greater stake in the emerging machine-to-machine marketplace.

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'Smart consumer' solutions are needed for successful smart energy investments

Within the M2M marketplace there is focus in a number of vertical markets, but one of the most talked about is the energy market, driven by the implementation of smart grids and smart cities. Nearly everyone in the world agrees that saving energy, protecting the environment and improving the sustainability of our life style is

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Smart Igloos, Connected Trees and Me – What are they on at Ericsson Research?

Stockholm, Sweden. June 27, 2012 — M2M Now has been given unrivalled access this week to some serious brainpower at Ericsson Research in Stockholm. Discussions covered temperature sensors in a home-made igloo, handshakes that exchange business cards and a tree that ‘sees’ you coming. As Jeremy Cowan says, you couldn’t make this stuff up!

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Mea$uring the benefits of going Green with M2M

St. Charles, Illinois, USA. Connected World. June 11, 2012 — Wyless, a global M2M managed services provider, today detailed some of its customers who are now delivering innovative ‘green’ machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions on the network of T-Mobile USA. From solar-powered, wireless parking meters that allow credit card payments to a web-based irrigation control system,

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What’s the real value of an SLA?

OK, so I know the definition of SLA is Service Level Agreement – and I know that the purpose is to encourage suppliers to live up to the performance requirements of their customers, says Telenor Connexion’s Gwenn Larsson (pictured). And in some cases with business- and life-critical M2M solutions it’s really important that the service

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Mobile Enterprise: Is BYOD really as inclusive as it seems?

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) isn’t the most eloquent acronym to come out of the IT world, according to Dominic Jones (pictured). However, some say it stands for a new era where employees’ preferred devices are also used for completing work tasks. But is BYOD really the ultimate social integration and cost saving trend for

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Thereby hangs a tail: What downtime can co$t and how to avoid it

There’s a pet store not far from my house, writes Peter Dunn, and with four cats and a dog, I find myself there fairly often. It’s a busy place – according to the manager, it’s their highest volume store in the country. And typically, shopping there is a quick and pleasant experience. However, twice in

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White SIM: Cool technology doesn’t always bring a commercial benefit

Maybe you’ve heard lately about a concept called ‘white SIM’ or a SIM that allows for ‘remote personalisation’. (Caution, says Gwenn Larsson: Don’t confuse this with yet another concept called ‘late stage provisioning’.) I am sometimes asked about this by our partners (and, due to the coaxing of our partners, our customers)

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Offering a premium M2M service requires close cooperation between MNOs and their customers

Creating a premium service for M2M or Telematics solutions is a team effort between M2M solution providers and their customers. Based on a set of guidelines

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