Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology is a rapidly growing part of the global economy, especially in automotive, transportation, logistics, energy and healthcare.
Unfortunately, there are no "one stop shop" vendors that can provide strategy, implementation, and relevant hardware and software--such as exist in the ERP space. The market is characterized by small niche players, as well as the big name IT consulting houses you'd expect, leaving customers to do much of the legwork themselves.
To help IT professionals and technology decision makers to navigate the M2M landscape, the editors of ZDNet have compiled a shortlist of M2M vendors that provide products and services in the US.
This is not a paid listing, nor is it an exhaustive list; it's an alphabetic glossary of vendors that provide end-point devices, network management, or other M2M products and services.
Arduino Company profile: In addition to the tech giants, UK-based startup Arduino has made a splash on the IoT front by offering what amounts to a palm-size controller targeted at the prototyping and hobbyist market. While it's not intended to be "enterprise grade," the device allows small businesses and individuals to experiment with IoT-style technologies at a very favorable price point. Geographical region: Global (via mail order) Target market: Small business, Consumers Featured IoT products: Arduino Boards US contact: N/A Key links: Arduino Products
ARM Holdings Company profile: ARM has quickly become the dominant player in mobile processors, with most of the world's smartphones and tablets running an ARM-based system on a chip. This experience in mobile makes for a logical transition to powering M2M devices, and ARM has made a push in this area. Geographical region: Global Target market: Enterprise, SMB, Consumers Featured M2M products: ARM Cortex M0+, various mobile processors US contact: 150 Rose Orchard Way, San Jose, CA 95134-1358, 408-576-1500 Key links: ARM forms UK group to foster an Internet of Things, Cortex-M0+ Processor
AT&T Company profile: US-based, global communications company AT&T supplies data connections (through its wired and wireless networks), device management solutions, and integration services (combining third-party M2M hardware and services with AT&T's network). Geographical region: Global (primarily US) Target market: Enterprise Featured M2M products: AT&T M2M Application Platform, AT&T Control Center (provided by Jasper Wireless), Enterprise On-Demand US contact: AT&T, 208 S. Akard St., Dallas, TX 75202 • (210) 821-4105 Key links:AT&T Machine-to-Machine (M2M), AT&T M2M Application Platform
Axeda Company profile: Axeda is a cloud-based provider of Machine to Machine (M2M) management software, essentially providing the management and support infrastructure to M2M-style devices. It also offers interfaces to various enterprise software platforms, providing the management and data capture layers to an M2M platform. Geographical region: Global Target market: Enterprise Featured M2M products: Axeda Platform US contact: 25 Forbes Boulevard - Suite 3, Foxboro, MA 02035, 508-337-9200 Key links: Application and Data Integration Platform, Axeda Datasheets
Cisco Company profile: M2M and the Internet of Things are obviously network-intensive concepts, with each "thing" representing a connected device. It's difficult to consider networking without considering Cisco, and most of Cisco's thinking around M2M is centered on network technologies. Geographical region: Global Target market: Enterprise Featured M2M products: Various; Internet Business Solutions Group is Cisco's primary M2M point of contact US contact: Cisco Systems, Inc., 170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 95134, 408-954-8253 Key links: The Internet of Things (infographic), The Internet of Things: How the Next Evolution of the Internet Is Changing Everything
GE Company profile: American conglomerate General Electric (GE) recently announced a major effort to drive industrial progress using M2M solutions, starting with nine technologies and services that range from transportation to energy to healthcare. Geographical region: Global Target market: Enterprise, B2B, Consumer Featured M2M products: Grid IQ, Fuel & Carbon Solutions, Real-Time Operational Intelligence, Hospital Operations Management US contact: General Electric Company, 3135 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06828, 203-373-2211 Key links: GE unveils M2M tech for global energy, transport, health industries, Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines (PDF)
Harbor Research Company profile: The "usual suspects" of Gartner and Forrester are covering M2M; Harbor Research claims to specialize in the area and has several free reports on its Web site. Geographical region: Global (via mail order) Target market: Enterprise, SMB Featured M2M products: Research, Consulting US contact: 1942 Broadway, Suite 201, Boulder, CO 80302, 303-786-9000 Key links:Reports and white papers, Archived posts
IBM Company profile: The big names in consulting (Accenture, Deloitte, etc.) all have research and offerings around M2M; however, IBM seems to do the best job articulating a series of products that include M2M through its Smarter Planet offerings. (Note: I am an IBM employee, although not part of the Smarter Planet practice.) Geographical region: Global Target market: Enterprise Featured M2M products: Smarter Planet US contact: International Business Machines Corp., New Orchard Road, Armonk, NY 10504, 914-499-1900 Key links: Smarter Planet, The Internet of Things (video)
Intel Company profile: Intel has been perceived by some analysts as lagging competitor ARM in the mobile and M2M space, since M2M focuses on smaller, low-powered devices rather than raw processing power, Intel's traditional space. Geographical region: Global Target market: Enterprise, SMB, Consumers Featured M2M products: Intelligent Systems Framework, low-powered mobile processors US contact: 2200 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95054-1549, 408-765-8080 Key links:Intelligent Systems Framework, Intel Intelligent Systems Framework Simplifies "Internet of Things"
Raspberry Pi Company profile: Raspberry Pi offers a tiny, connectible computer for around $35US. The Raspberry Pi is designed to be a complete computer that can plug into a monitor and Ethernet connection and run Linux-based operating systems. Interestingly, Raspberry Pi is organized as a UK nonprofit. Geographical region: Global (via mail order) Target market: Small business, Consumers Featured M2M products: Raspberry Pi US contact: N/A Key links:Quick Start Guide, FAQs
Sprint Company profile: Sprint continues to build its portfolio of M2M solutions, including the recently announced Velocity, a connected services platform for car makers. Other solutions include fleet management services and telematics, remote monitoring for healthcare, security, and smart grid industries, and digital signage and vending products for retailers. Geographical region: Global Target market: Enterprise Featured M2M product: Sprint Velocity US contact: 6200 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS 66251, 800-829-0965 Key links:M2M Solutions, M2M Developer Tools
T-Mobile Company profile: T-Mobile began its M2M business six years ago and says it's seen strong YOY growth in M2M connections. It just announced a new embedded SIM, designed to enable wireless connectivity for solutions (such as smart grids and telematics) deployed in harsh environments. Geographical region: Global Target market: Enterprise Featured M2M product: Embedded SIM US contact: 3720 128th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006, 425-641-1140 Key links: RACO Wireless, T-Mobile Announces First-of-its-Kind "Embedded SIM" for Machine-to-Machine Solutions
Verizon Company profile: US telecommunications giant Verizon provides M2M data connectivity (through its wired and wireless network infrastructure), device management solutions, and integration services (combining third-party M2M hardware and services with Verizon's network). Geographical region: US Target market: Enterprise, SMBs Featured M2M products: M2M Management Center US contact: Verizon, 140 West Street, New York, NY 10007 • (877) 297-7816 Key links:Verizon Machine-to-Machine Solutions, Verizon Machine-to-Machine Overview, Verizon Wireless Open Development, Private Data Network
Wyless Company profile: Similar to Axeda, Wyless provides a management platform for M2M yet also aggregates wireless data services from a variety of providers, allowing customers access to a global mobile data network in addition to a management platform. Geographical region: Global Target market: Enterprise Featured M2M products: Global Managed Network, Porthos Management Software, M2M APIs US contact: 60 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840, 617-949-8900 Key links:Global Managed Network, Porthos M2M Management Software