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LAST WORD LTE: the route to M2M success Publisher André rousselot +32 27400053 andre.rousselot@eetimes.be By Andrew Pockson editor-in-Chief Julien happich IN ISOLATION, M2M could not exist; it through a pre-qualified and pre-certified +33 153907865 requires, by definition, a link over which module. Another significant benefit of julien.happich@eetimes.be two or more devices can communi- adopting a modular approach is that it cate. Conceptually, therefore, M2M has supports a migration path from 2G to 4G editors existed since the first connection was with little or no additional hardware/soft- nick flaherty formed between two ‘machines’ shar- ware modification at the system level. +44 7710236368 ing common data. But it has been the This means an M2M application using nick.flaherty@eetimes.be evolution of reliable and secure wireless the GSM network today could, in the Christoph hammerschmidt communication that has really driven the future, migrate to 4G without incurring +49 8944450209 growth of M2M in the last few years. downtime, design cost or performance chammerschmidt@gmx.net The widespread deployment of penalties. But why is this important? ContributinG editors GSM and 2G networks, supporting the Geographically, M2M can be de- Paul buckley Internet Protocol, enabled M2M con- scribed as ‘network-agnostic’ but the +44 1962866460 nections to exist and various regions of the paul@activewords.co.uk communicate between world are adopting notice- Jean-Pierre Joosting literally anywhere, al- ably different approaches +44 7800548133 lowing parameters to be to migration to 4G. This is jean-pierre.joosting@eetimes.be monitored, configurations partly dependent on the to be modified and data established commercial CirCulAtion & finAnCe to be collected across opportunity and partly luc desimpel geographically vast on their starting point. luc.desimpel@eetimes.be distances. The network EMEA is perhaps seen AdvertisinG ProduCtion & demands from the M2M as the most pragmatic rePrints sector remain relatively region; the need for higher lydia Gijsegom modest, for now. The al- bandwidth is largely lydia.gijsegom@eetimes.be lure of greater bandwidth inevitable so while the carries with it the oppor- business model can sup- Art MAnAGer tunity for M2M to evolve port investment, many are Jean-Paul speliers in much the same way “The cost-model for M2M moving directly from 2G ricardo Pinto ferreira ence and smart phones; is very different from the ing with the roll-out of LTEG-to LTE modules, coincid-as the consumer experiountinCC A allowing M2M devices to consumer model” networks across the re- reGionAl AdvertisinG embrace multimedia data, gion. This ‘early adopter’ rePresentAtives to gather, process and exchange it. This approach effectively leaps over the Contact information at: will generate new opportunities for M2M intermediary step of moving to 3G and http://www.electronics-eetimes.com/en/ applications that make greater use of af- thereby saves costs, but it also makes about/sales-contacts.html fordable processing power and increas- the best use of the 2G bandwidth while ingly sophisticated sensor technologies. more data-intensive applications are still In a world where the Internet of emerging. The move to LTE, however, Things will very soon see many billions should enable higher yielding applica- european of smart devices communicating auton- tions, including streaming video being business press omously, sharing data to make informed integrated into existing devices such as EuropEan BusinEss prEss sa decisions, M2M is set to dominate.. 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As more M2M modules aren’t subsidized by network applications come online in the BRIC re- ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TIMES EUROPE is published 11 times in 2012 by European Business Press SA, operators. By far the most cost effective gions, migration to LTE will likely follow. 7 Avenue Reine Astrid, 1310 La Hulpe, Belgium Tel: +32-2-740 00 50 Fax: +32-2-740 00 59 way to implement M2M connectivity is For more pioneering regions, includ- email: info@eetimes.be. VAT Registration: BE 461.357.437. RPM: Nivelles. Volume 14, Issue 11 EE Times P 304128 ing North America, Korea and Japan, It is is free to qualified engineers and managers involved in engineering decisions – see: Andrew Pockson is Divisional Marketing legacy is less important than bandwidth http://www.electronics-eetimes.com/subscribe Manager at Anglia Embedded - and innovation — two aspects that are Copyright 2012 by European Business Press SA. All rights reserved. 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