Communication has the potential to benefit more than just people. M2M communication is an area that is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, adding significantly to today's more than 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions as enterprises realize the benefit of M2M communication over mobile networks.
To support this development, Ericsson launched its Device Connection Platform at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The service will be offered to telecom operators around the world, which in turn will set up M2M services tailored towards their enterprise customers. The platform is brought to market in a Software-as-a-Service business model, offering operators benefits such as a low initial investment in technology and a fast time to market.
"We envision a world with 50 billion connected devices in 2020, where everything that benefits from a connection will be connected," says Magnus Furustam, vice president, head of Core & IMS at Ericsson. "To get there, Ericsson is working with telecom operators, selected industry verticals and other players across the M2M value chain to create world-leading, innovative technology and sustainable business solutions."
"Already, mobile connectivity is used, for example, in smart meters and fleet management, and in the future we will see a lot of interesting solutions in which M2M could be useful. This includes all products with software that, if they were connected to a mobile network, could be easily upgraded," says Furustam.
Ericsson's Device Connection Platform primarily makes it possible to create tailored connectivity and price plans for M2M services. Ericsson provides a complete service that the operator can adjust to serve its enterprise customers' needs, including a self-service interface, flexible billing, charging, and connectivity plans for all devices connected to the network. Since M2M applications can communicate using any existing IP protocol they can be accessed and share data via Internet. In addition, the operator's customer will be able to manage their subscriptions and devices in real time.
"The platform will help operators deliver solutions for devices and applications that have diverse connectivity needs, ranging from sending a single business critical SMS to high-quality video surveillance via the mobile network. Ericsson's Device Connection Platform addresses these needs and is there to support operators in developing their business in new areas," Furustam says.