M2M – Machine to machine


As competence centre for automated data transfer the Telekom Austria Group increases the connectivity of companies using tailor-made solutions.

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Machine to Machine (M2M) describes the automated exchange of information between devices such as machines, vehicles and sensors or between these devices and a control centre. M2M solutions can be used to streamline workflows and improve productivity in a wide range of industries. One major area of application is the remote monitoring and maintenance of machinery, equipment and systems. M2M solutions ensure automated data transfer between the various devices on the basis of mobile technology. A growing number of companies are taking advantage of this offering in order to realise innovative, high-quality, service-oriented business models. The transportation and logistics, industrial automation, retail and wholesale, healthcare, education, finance and insurance, energy supply and business services industries as well as authorities and governments are particularly well represented among those companies increasingly relying on M2M.

With an annual growth rate of 17%, the global M2M market is unquestionably a growth market. Experts are anticipating that the number of M2M connections will increase to over 500 million by 2019, more than double the current volume.1)

Following on from fleet management, asset tracking and industrial automation, the Telekom Austria Group’s M2M internet segment again launched a range of innovative solutions tailored to the respective target groups in 2014:

  • STARTify: A one-stop shop for start-ups: A dedicated business enablement platform for network consumer products that start-up companies can use to get their products onto the market as quickly as possible. User management, device and SIM management, subscription management and payment, and a development environment for mobile apps are included.
  • SMARTify Meter Data Management: A cloud-based smart metering platform enabling the efficient management of metering data from smart meters.
  • ‘Österreich Zähler’: A GPRS and LTE based multivendor metering system for power grid operators that offers increased security of supply for the Austrian energy industry.

1) OVUM Cellular Machine-to-Machine Forecast 2014–2019