By Zach Shelby, Sensinode, & Niclas Krantz, Ericsson
The event of the year for the telecom industry is the Mobile World Congress. In the last week of February, tens of thousands of industry professionals, media and investors gathered in the Spanish city of Barcelona to get updated on the latest news, meet customers and gather business intelligence. System suppliers, service providers, user industries, mobile phone and device manufacturers all joined the crowd… All in all, over 1,500 exhibitors and 72,000 attendees.
This year, Machine-to-Machine was one of the hottest topics, with a lot of attention going to Cellular M2M related technologies, products, services and partnerships.
Major announcements this year included Ericsson and SAP announcing a joint go-to-market partnership with cloud based M2M offerings; Sensinode announcing support for the new OMA Lightweight M2M standard; and Ericsson, Gemalto and Telenor Connexion demonstrating efficient subscription management using eUICC.
The Open Mobile Alliance held a large publicity event showing demonstrations and talks, many of which were focused on Internet of Things applications. At the event, Sensinode exhibited the world’s first implementation of the OMA Lightweight M2M standard, based on DTLS and CoAP protocols from the IETF.
In Ericsson’s hall, the Networked Society was the theme – partly illustrated by showing its different capabilities in M2M, such as its Connectivity Management solution, and also showing the foundation for the announced partnerships with SAP and Gemalto. Volvo was in the hall showing its connected infotainment solution on the world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid car. Other highlights included Ericsson’s Device Verification Services, as well as solutions for healthcare and shipping.
ST Microelectronics and Swedish service provider Yanzi Networks, together with Ericsson, had a joint M2M demo, connecting and remote controlling their respective areas in MWC and the ST booth in Embedded World in Nuremberg.
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