TMCnet Embedded M2M Solutions Week in Review

The embedded M2M solutions market is helping to propel the world toward greater convenience and now is a really exciting time for it. This week saw some major announcements from notable players; this week in review will act as your guide.

Nokia's (News - Alert) Locations & Commerce business is now supplying global NAVTEQ Maps to power BMW's next generation navigation system. NAVTEQ (News - Alert) Maps enable worldwide navigation, location-based services and mobile advertising.

“NAVTEQ Maps powered the first navigation system on the European market which was introduced by BMW in the early 1990s - and our relationship has continued throughout the extraordinary development and expansion of the location space,� said Bruno Bourguet, SVP of sales and business development, Nokia Location & Commerce.

Next, ABI Research released a report stating that Chinese global vendors of M2M modules may soon be in popular demand. For example, Huawei (News - Alert) has managed to grab the number five spot in the global M2M market, but the company is expected to rise in rank rapidly.

Chinese conglomerates in general have displayed enormous success lately across the electronics and smartphone markets — a success expected to follow in M2M. However, the report points out, the M2M market is much more complex than other electronics industries, so Chinese vendors will need to be able to step up in terms of customer support.

Cinterion recently introduced the EHS5, an ultra compact, high-speed M2M communication module which provides secure wireless connectivity for industrial applications. The new solution features a complete client Java runtime optimized for microcontrollers and other resource-constrained devices.

Furthermore, the EHS5 enables network migration within a single design. Its powerful Java-based application environment allows the Java community to tap into its existing resources to simplify and hasten M2M solution design and integration.

SkyBitz's (News - Alert) Galaxy Series was selected by COFC Logistics to provide complete asset management solutions to its entire fleet of 850 intermodal containers. The Galaxy Series is a GLS solution which serves the needs of the asset tracking market, leveraging the best in asset-tracking technology.

“One of the biggest challenges the intermodal industry faces is obtaining complete visibility for tracking assets without an external power source because assets move on and off various transportation modes,� said Henry Popplewell, SVP and general manager, SkyBitz. “We’re proud to support COFC Logistics’ growing business by providing them with the right solution for optimizing their assets.�

Lastly, u-blox (News - Alert) launched a new line of low-power GSM/GPRS modules design for cost-sensitive applications. These SARA modules are ideal for a broad range of M2M applications requiring dual- or quad-band GSM/GPRS, voice and/or data and in-band modem support.

"Our new SARA line of GSM modules is designed to give customers exactly the features they need," said Thomas Nigg, VP of Product Marketing at u-blox. "The interchangeable and fully compatible SARA modules cover low to high-end features. This gives our M2M customers the precise cost/performance tradeoffs they need to develop the most cost-effective designs."

That's all for this week. Check out the Embedded M2M Solutions Channel for more!

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