The number of connected machines (both M2M enabled machines and consumer devices) will eventually surpass the number of people on the planet. In many ways machine-to- machine technology is still in its infancy but with data becoming more and more of a necessity that will change in the next several years. Everything from M2M applications in cars, to monitoring utilities, to DVD kiosks, to soda vending machines have to communicate various data back to respective headquarters. Regardless of its current state most mobile experts agree on one thing: M2M is about to have one heck of a growth-spurt.
The big question is: With 4G becoming more prevalent what does 4G mean to M2M? There are varying opinions on this, which we’ll discuss in the following paragraphs.
Inglesby also includes this statement from Mark Ritorto of Harbor Research: “You might expect a few megabytes a month from something like a substation monitor or automation system, they just aren’t high data rates. If you’re just checking on the status of an asset every so often then generally it’s a couple of kilobytes here and there. We found there to be a few potential areas that 4G technologies would be better at addressing for M2M than the current 2G and 3G networks.”
These are just a few ‘food-for-thought’ points regarding 4G and M2M. At the end of the day 4G doesn’t affect M2M much…at least in the short-run. However, as the industry grows, more data is required and less 2G and 3G bandwidth is available there will be major 4G upgrades in the not-to-distant future.