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M2M News Weekly – Week of February 27, 2012

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

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The University of Strathclyde has begun a $2.2 million project to equip cows with a "smart collar" that will allow their owners to keep tabs on them via cell phone.
The collar uses the same 3D sensor found in Wii video game controllers to detect shifts in the cow's head position. Read Original Content

According to Cisco, M2M traffic globally will grow 22-fold from 2011 to 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 86 percent. Cisco predicts M2M will account for five percent of total mobile data traffic in 2016, compared with four percent at the end of 2011. Read Original Content

Pedigree Technologies has released OneViewPOV, tablet applications for fleet management and field service automation that give field service workers a mobile interface that connects the mobile workforce and resources in the field to the enterprise. Read Original Content


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China's M2M is expected to grow from $642 million in 2011 to $2.76 billion in 2016, with smart meters and smart grid a significant portion of the market, according to ABI Research. Read Original Content

AT&T will provide M2M solutions to Ice Energy, a U.S. company that makes energy storage solutions for the utility space. The company's energy storage systems are mounted on large commercial buildings and used as an alternative to high-power-consumption air conditioning units. Using M2M, the company is able to monitor and maintain the units remotely, as well as diagnose faults. Read Original Content


Billions of dollars are being invested into upgrading the United State’s electric grid to an intelligent system capable of handling two-way transmission of information and power, but its security remains uncertain at best, a panel of government and industry experts said. Read Original Content

An updated roadmap for the Smart Grid is now available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which recently finished reviewing and incorporating public comments into the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0. Read Original Content

According to a new report by IMS Research, more than 25 million smart grid-enabled devices, such as smart thermostats, smart energy displays and smart appliances with the ability to communicate with smart meters, will be shipped in the U.S. in the next five years. Read Original Content

According to a new survey from Pike Research, consumer support for clean energy concepts – ranging from renewable energy to alternative fuel vehicles to smart grid technologies – has declined significantly between 2009 and 2011. Favorability ratings of Smart Grid and Clean Coal were tied for the second largest decline, each falling 10 points over the two-year period. Read Original Content

AdaptiveMobile, a mobile security vendor says that M2M technology is on the verge of widespread adoption, with 10 percent of UK residents already using it regularly and 54 percent expecting their phone to talk to, unlock and start their car by 2015. While awareness is high, however, so too is concern over security, with 86 percent of respondents stating that they see risks associated with M2M technology. Read Original Content

The California Public Utilities Commission voted to allow Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s customers to opt out of using smart meters. In the first two weeks after the announcement was made, the utility received 4,400 opt-out enrollment forms. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.