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M2M and embedded moible and wireless devices is a fast growing emerging market.  MNOs (mobile network operators/wireless carriers) see this as their next big emerging market.  This market is particularly relevant to anyone involved in enterprise asset management, utilities, field services, healthcare, consumer electronics or enterprise mobility.

AT&T has announced new products aimed at the mobile enterprise and a new partnership in the M2M space. The new service will provide high level security for calls on AT&T’s mobile network and is expected to be available later this quarter. It is targeted at government agencies, law enforcement organizations, financial services institutions and international businesses. It has also launched a new SMS service targeting the same sectors.

http://www.mobilebusinessbriefing.com/article/at-and-t-launches-encrypted-voice-expands-m2m

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Consumer electronics companies expect their products to be always connected, and therefore are increasingly interested in M2M. This raises the possibility of major customer deals, some of which will be global in scale. “The launch of eReaders such as the Kindle has provided a new impetus for M2M,” continued Kirchheimer. While not all operators see the value in such a deal, and believe a more telco-advantageous revenue model is needed, they recognize that it is a major opportunity in terms of numbers of connected devices.

http://www.koreaittimes.com/story/9885/return-m2m-opportunity-vigour

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Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, announced today that the UC864-G module has earned certification on the AT&T wireless network. Featuring an ultra-compact size, the UC864-G is designed to enable the high-bandwidth cellular data transmissions that consumer and enterprise electronics developers require for more complex, connected 3G devices.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/telits-globally-compatible-3g-cellular-module-earns-certification-on-atts-nationwide-wireless-network-2010-07-27?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Ericsson predicts that by 2020 there will be 50 billion M2M enabled devices. Those are large numbers, but it is easy to see the benefit of machines monitoring themselves and reporting mechanical problems, maintenance or replenishment needs.

http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/2010/07/m2m-in-home-and-at-work.html

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Cellular M2M module shipments approached 28 million in 2009, and according to ABI Research they will quadruple to exceed 114 million in 2015. This is a market showing strong growth, but not all segments of it are benefitting equally.

http://newsblaze.com/story/2010072710343100001.bw/topstory.html

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In a Friday announcement, AT&T said it has certified more than 850 specialty consumer and M2M devices ranging from eReaders and netbooks to digital photo frames and home security monitoring devices.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=226200190

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A new report from Menlo Park, California based Spyglass Consulting Group says that an astounding 94 percent of doctors are using smartphones to communicate, manage healthcare and personal workflows and access medical information–up from 59 percent in November 2006.

http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/report-94-percent-docs-have-smartphones-communication-gaps-persist/2010-07-27?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal#ixzz0uv8F6E5x

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Technology that aims to keep congestive heart failure patients out of the hospital is gaining traction. The idea is for heart patients to take readings like their weight, blood pressure and other key metrics using wireless and other technologies. The data are then transmitted to a case manager or medical care giver. That way health care providers can catch, and address, warning signs before the patient lands in the ER with shortness of breath or a heart attack.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704700404575391262635170370.html

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Five M2M and embedded mobile device projects have been selected to receive grants. Each project will receive $100,000 and will be supplemented with a total of over $1.7 million in matching funds.

http://www.cmio.net/index.php?option=com_articles&view=article&id=23261&division=cmio

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New ideas for the iPhone include a stethoscope like attachment from Farmington, Minnesota based AUM Cardiovascular. The Vista Institute in Minneapolis is developing an iPhone program that will help restaurants monitor food safety, and Minneapolis based PedalBrain will sell a product for cyclists later this year that will collect performance data and make it available in real time on their iPhones.

http://www.startribune.com/business/96175069.html

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Mr. Hosken, Ericsson country manager, said that M2M communications will be a key component in the future growth of the mobile industry.

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2010/07/25/4918810.htm

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Apple on Tuesday announced its newest input device – the Apple Magic Trackpad. The product is nearly identical to the trackpad embedded in Apple laptops, but this is an external, multi-touch surface that supports all the swiping and pinching gestures made popular by the iPhone.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2367054,00.asp

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M2M telecoms specialist Telit Communications has agreed to a commercial partnership with France Telecom’s Orange Business Services unit, under which Telit will distribute Orange’s complete range of M2M solutions on the French market by adding them to its own modules.

http://www.marketstock.com.au/?p=4080

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M2M device shipment revenues are expected to grow at an annualized rate of 27 percent over the next 5 years, reaching $10.6 billion worldwide by 2011, according to figures just published by Harbor Research Inc.

http://lifestyletom.com/path/rao10925687669ros/roin59012340787

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2GIG Technologies announced today that it has entered into a direct partnership with T-Mobile USA, Inc.’s M2M division to provide the robust wireless infrastructure for its security suite of products.

http://lifestyletom.com/path/rao10925687250ros/roin59012422479

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Until recently M2M communications were delivered mainly by MVNOs, and only recently has this market segment caught the attention of Verizon, AT&T and others. Both Verizon and AT&T have strategic partnerships with companies who provide technology that enables M2M communication. Now, Verizon and AT&T are working through their relationships to deploy, install and collect bills for enterprise M2M.

http://www.ccpu.com/blog/2010/lte-wholesaling-and-impact-ecosystem/

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