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According to a recent IE Market Research forecast, the worldwide market for GPS powered navigation and location-based services will grow from $1.6 billion in 2009 to $13.4 billion in 2014, representing a compound annual growth rate of 51.3 percent.

http://www.fiercemobilecontent.com/slideshow/5-ipad-navigation-apps-offer-new-directions-location-based-services

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The seemingly recession proof smartphone is suffering from a side effect of the rough economy: Manufacturers simply can’t build enough of the gadgets because chip makers that rolled back production last year now are scrambling to play catch up.

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100821/BIZ/8210302/-1/rss05

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M2M devices and applications are an area of wireless data usage with a projected compound annual growth rate of over 25 percent per year through 2014 and a projected need for up to 50 billion M2M devices by 2025.

http://networking.itbusinessnet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=1182351

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You may have heard one of the absolute brightest spots in the tech space is the M2M market where analysts believe sales will total $18 billion in the next five years as device totals surge from 75 million to over 225 million.

http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/rich-tehrani/m2m/m2m-market-to-grow-to-18b-in-5-years.html

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The number of devices connected to the internet is expected to break through the five billion mark this month, according to web market research firm IMS Research. Numbers could be as high as 22 billion by 2020.

http://www.itpro.co.uk/626209/web-connected-devices-to-reach-22-billion-by-2020

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Over the last few years, the key focus of M2M applications has shifted from tactical, local deployments – where M2M began – to increasingly strategic, national and international deployments. As a result, the demand for cost effective national and international network coverage has increased dramatically.

http://www.telecomengine.com/NewsGlobe/article.asp?HH_ID=AR_6545

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Many technologies today focus on providing high speed connections for multimedia, information and entertainment applications. However, at the opposite end of the spectrum, there is a growing need for new breeds of smart devices based on wireless sensors that have a very different set of core requirements.

http://www.ferret.com.au/c/Clarke-Severn-Electronics/Wavenis-Wireless-Technology-for-M2M-Applications-available-from-Clarke-Severn-Electronics-n894840

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The ABI study “Cellular Machine-to-Machine Markets” discusses the market trends and analyzes cellular M2M vendor strategic responses for the period 2003-2009. According to the study, the M2M communication market has had fluctuating fortunes. While 2007 was a “good year”, 2008 was witness to a drastic decline in shipment volumes and revenues. However, as 3G gained more significance, the market seems to have picked up and it is estimated to be worth $3.8 billion in 2015.

http://m2m.tmcnet.com/topics/m2mevolution/articles/95825-3g-leading-growth-m2m-market-abi-research.htm

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Cleveland’s city council has equipped residential recycling bins with RFID tags. Passing garbage trucks count the bins, and any residents whose bin isn’t left on the curb for a few weeks will be visited by the “rubbish inspector.” After a bit of digging (literally), if it turns out that resident has been discarding recyclables, they face a $100 fine.

http://www.telecomengine.com/NewsGlobe/article.asp?HH_ID=AR_6544

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According to the 2010 “Green Quadrant” report published by Verdantix, an independent analyst firm that provides commercial analysis of climate change, sustainability and energy issues, Orange “stands out as the telecoms operator that has been most successful in creating, marketing and delivering telecoms solutions which offer sustainability benefits to business customers.” Orange already led the market in the 2009 issue of the Verdantix report.

http://www.telecomengine.com/article.asp?Id=AR_6515

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Someday, all cars may be smart and connected. But today, it’s noteworthy indeed that ITU’s Fully Networked Car, and ng Connect’s LTE Connected Car are on display at two different major European tradeshows: the Geneva Auto Show and CeBIT.

http://blog.m2mzone.com/m2m/2010/03/lte-connected-car-project-can-it-bridge-concept-with-reality.html

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ORBCOMM Inc., a global satellite data communications company focusing on two-way M2M communications announced that Caterpillar Inc. has renewed its agreement with ORBCOMM for satellite communication services for their heavy equipment telematics solution. Caterpillar will benefit from their expanded services in countries like South Africa, Ghana, and Papua New Guinea.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/orbcomm-extends-telematics-services-to-caterpillar-inc-2010-08-24?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Vodafone decided a while ago that M2M represented a strong opportunity for the Group, and subsequently appointed Erik Brenneis to the role of heading up a group M2M Line of Business unit, with overall responsibility for driving Vodafone’s growth in the M2M market.

http://www.telecomengine.com/NewsGlobe/article.asp?HH_ID=AR_6545

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