Du beats drum for M2M

Dubai-based telco says demand for machine-to-machine solutions on the rise

Tags: Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company EricssonSamTech Middle East (samtech-me.com)United Arab EmiratesVodafone
  • E-Mail
Du beats drum for M2M Du cited M2M solutions in fields from healthcare to petrochemicals. (ITP Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 13, 2013

UAE telco du, today hosted a roundtable focused on the emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) trend, which the operator feels will play a major part in what is now being called the "industrial Internet".

The operator drew attention to its whitepaper titled "Machine-to-Machine: next-generation communications for business", which outlined the trend and its implications for a full range of industrial sectors.

"After several years of promise, M2M has now become a hot topic for business because of a number of trends in the market," the whitepaper said.

"Falling hardware costs, cheap and reliable mobile communications networks, new regulations, innovative applications and solutions, and technological developments are behind the latest uptake of M2M."

Guru Padmanabhan, director, business solutions, enterprise marketing, du, highlighted a range of applications of M2M, including financial transactions; medical information relay from accident sites; and the preservation of the Brazilian rain forests. Padmanabhan explained how intelligent sensors implanted in the trees themselves had acted as a deterrent to lumber thieves. The sensors would not only notify a central station of detected environmental changes, but would track the timber so the thieves could be apprehended.

The M2M model starts with a sensor device that collects information from the physical environment. A module of software or firmware transmits that data through a wireless medium, which could involve a number of networks including satellite systems and standard Wi-Fi. A combination of software and hardware at the other end of this network cycle, translates the data into a production task.

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code