2015 – An M2M & IoT Year in Review

2015 – An M2M & IoT Year in Review

Happy New Year everyone!

At the start of 2015 I offered up a list of 5 predictions for the future of M2M & IoT, as they say hindsight is 20/20 and looking back at them now I think I might have been a little too hasty/optimistic with some… 2015 turned out to be a less progressive year than expected, but bullish in terms of funding and overall dollars going in to the IoT ecosystem.

We saw lots of businesses sticking to their guns and focusing on laying strong foundations rather than pushing the envelope innovation wise (not a bad thing).

Let’s take a quick look back at my predictions and see how they panned out… (View the original 2015 M2M & IoT prediction post here)

IoT Definition

“ABC – Always be changing the definition of IoT” – Glengarry Glen Ross © New Line Cinema

  1. Definition – I expected more companies to stop being IoT/M2M companies and focus on providing specific verticals.
    I may have been a bit too optimistic with this one, instead we got a lot of major corporates deciding to throw their names in to the mix and offer M2M/IoT services.
    Amazon investing in 2lemetry to create it’s IoT offering and Googles announcement of Weave added more noise to the IoT solution space without any clearer definition of what specific need they are trying to fill.

    Fallout IoT

    Do you know what your smart toaster is planning? – Fallout New Vegas © Bethesda Softworks

  2. Security – I expected to see solution providers putting more focus on the security of their solution in their sales & marketing, this was not really the case…
    In 2015 we saw a huge rise in DDoS activity on public networks, we saw lots of customers hosting services with a public IPv4 address getting hit over and over again.
    As well as some of the more widely publicized breaches we also saw hackers getting more ‘playful’ with hackers on a crusade to reduce the UKs obesity numbers hacking smart kitchens (IoT Security Breach Forces Kitchen Devices to Reject Junkfood)

    IoT Champion

    Best in the World or Best in Country, the choice is yours – Image © WWE

  3. Global Market, Local Champions – I predicted a rise of partnerships and channel sales rather than branch offices.
    I’m going to call this a 50/50 while we did see some of the bigger players in the space extending their presences overseas, particularly in APAC, we also saw more channel activity with solution providers opting to sell the distribution rights to particular regions rather than setting up shop themselves.
    Locally we saw M2M Connectivity become distributors for the Cradlepoint product line (Read the M2M Connectivity and Cradlepoint Release), Netcomm Wireless strengthen their work with Kanematsu in Japan (Read Here) and expand their global reach with Arrow (Read here)

    M2M Interoperability

    Maybe if you hit hard enough it will fit?

  4. Interoperability – I was hoping that 2015 would see us get through the standards talk and on to practical solutions for interoperability but we seemed to take a few steps back.
    In December we saw Philips manages to universally irritate everyone interested in smart lighting by removing support for third party light bulbs (Read the full story on Tech Crunch here)
    For an industry as young as IoT creating a closed model ecosystem is a bad move right now, we still need time to develop and play and see what shakes out.
    Locally we’ve seen some really exciting movements from companies trying to open up their IoT/M2M platforms and become device agnostic, check out Helian Systems, Reekoh & Higgins by TwoBulls.

    I couldn't think of anything funny for LTE... It's really fast though.

    I couldn’t think of anything funny for LTE… It’s really fast though.

  5. LTE for M2M – Better late than never M2M One got full access to Telstra’s LTE network in June (Read about our LTE Service here) and we’ve already seen a huge uptake in customers using LTE for digital signage, remote access and redundant networking.
    While LTE seems to be making leaps and bounds it’s still not quite had the mainstream impact I was expecting it to have in 2015, this is partly due to chipsets with the correct bands not being fully integrated yet and also due to alternative communication networks looking like a viable option.
    2015 was a year of uncertainty and research for a lot of solution providers, many of them faced with the looming reality of a 2G shutdown, the decision to jump from 3G waivered when LTE became a viable option and now companies are evaluating LoRA & Sigfox as another pathway to connectivity.

Some highlights in the M2M/IoT space in 2015

IoT Name Badge

One day this could be you!

  • Corporate uptake – While M2M as a business term seems to be rapidly disappearing IoT has become fully ingrained in the lexicon of most CIOs at major corporations around the world. Forrester research showed nearly 50% of large organizations will be looking at some kind of investment in IoT in the near future (More info here) – LinkedIn users will also notice the avalanche of users with IoT related titles and taglines popping up.

    Sigfox Logo

    Sigfox provide wireless connectivity using unlicensed spectrum

  • Investment in LPWAN – Spoiler alert this will probably be one of my predictions for 2016… 2015 saw some big investment in LPWAN networks like LoRA Alliance but the big winner was French Sigfox who raised over $100 Million in funding and deployed networks across Europe and are eyeing expansion in the US & Australia.

    IBM Watson

    Elementary my dear…

  • $3 Billion for IoT from IBM – That’s right $3 Billion dollars of budget from IBM is going in to IoT initiatives, acquisitions and IoT Watson.

    Toami M2M

    NTT Docomo’s Thingworx Integration

  • Networks enabling solution development – AT&T announcing their M2X development platform in January (Forbes Article), Germany’s Cumulocity working with EE, Deutsche Telekom & Telstra and the growth of NTT Docomo’s Thingworx implementation Toami all point towards Network Operators taking a more hands on approach to IoT & M2M.
    With Telstra successfully running an Internet of Things Challenge in Melbourne in December, you can expect to see more network sponsored developer and maker events next year.

    GE Predix

    GE Predicts big things for Predix

  • GE Predicts big money from Predix – If IBMs $3bn budget didn’t quite get your jaw all the way to the floor, let GE assist with their $6bn predictions for their Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform Predix finish the job. (Tech Crunch Article) With a high profile arrangement with SoftBank in Japan and some hefty figures from Rail Optimization projects in India GE could well be on track to meet these predictions.

These are just a selection of some of the noteworthy developments in the IoT space in 2015. There are plenty more out there and 2016 looks like it’s going to be a big year with lots of decisions that were delayed in 2015 coming to fruition.

Did you find this information useful? Do you have some questions on the Australian Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things market we can answer for you? Let us know on Twitter @M2MOneAU, on LinkedIn at M2M One or visit our website at www.m2mone.com.au.

James Mack

General Manager – M2M One


The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of M2M One or M2M Group.

M2M One – May 2015 Newsletter

As a part of M2M One’s initiative to find ways to improve our services to help our customers, we are pleased to announce reduced pricing on SMS, Data and Static IP Services. Information on the new reduced pricing and PAYG and bundled packages for outbound Voice are included in this newsletter. Our busy trade show schedule looks set to continue with M2M One exhibiting at CommunicAsia in Singapore early next month. We’re proud to be part of the State Government of Victoria’s trade delegation at this event which aims to showcase the depth and talent of the state’s ICT industry. Connect Expo in Melbourne and CeBIT in Sydney were successful events overall. Read our thoughts, including the good and the not-so-good, on both events in our featured blogs.

This months newsletter features:

  1. Notification – Reducing Pricing – SMS, Data and Static IP Services
  2. Blog – Thoughts on Connect Expo and CeBIT 2015
  3. Exhibition – CommunicAsia 2015 – Singapore
  4. Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shut Down

1. Notification – Reduced Pricing – SMS, Data and Static IP Services

M2M One are constantly working with our carrier partners to be able to offer competitive pricing that helps you to reduce your costs and maintain and grow your business. We are now able to offer reduced pricing on SMS, Data and Static IP Services as well as the ability to provision outbound voice in PAYG and bundled packages.

For existing customers the new pricing will take effect as of June 1st 2015.  This new pricing applies immediately for new customers and you can take advantage of it by signing up at our website.

Price Reduction Details:
SMS Pricing – Our overall price for Outbound SMS has dropped from $0.25 to $0.20 and volume discounts are now applicable for all SMS messages sent in a billing month. This discount is unique as it applies to your whole M2M One account not an individual SIM.

CAP & Group Data – We’ve made some small adjustments to our volume based discounts on data including a larger discount for customers with over 250 SIMs on a single plan and some small adjustments across all plans.

Static IP Services – In accordance with recent customer feedback we have simplified our pricing model for IPX services to make the cost of entry lower and the ability to achieve discounts at scale quicker.

M2M One Voice Service:

  • M2M One are now able to provision outbound voice on SIMs using the “telstra.m2m” and “telstra.internet” APNs – We will soon be adding it to our private “m2mone.com.au” APN.
  • Voice is available as a PAYG component on all plans and is billed per second.
  • Voice can also be purchased in monthly bundles of 1 minute or 10 minutes.
  • Discounts apply to the number of SIMs on a single data plan with voice.

If you have any questions regarding service from M2M One, the M2M Control Centre, M2M Pricing or anything else please don’t hesitate to contact our support team at support@m2mone.com.au or contact me directly at james.mack@m2mone.com.au.

2. Blog – Thoughts on Connect Expo and CeBIT 2015

M2M One’s most recent blogs review the two main ICT trade shows held this year. From an M2M/IoT exhibitor’s perspective, we present our thoughts on each event in terms of layout, exhibitors. trade show attendance and the effectiveness of the M2M/IoT specific summits and conferences.

In its second year running, Connect Expo 2015 held in Melbourne is improving. The case studies showing practical uses for M2M/IoT was a highlight in the IoT summit, a forum where presentations more often than not tend to be general. Acknowledging the growing importance of M2M/IoT in the ICT space with a dedicated area, Connect Expo will continue this focus with a larger dedicated layout planned for next year.

CeBIT 2015 in Sydney continues to fall short in this regard with a lack of M2M/IoT focus.  Seemingly smaller this year, with fewer M2M/IoT companies exhibiting, we also wonder whether CeBIT’s Olympic Park venue was having this effect.   Hannover Fairs brand new staff are listening to feedback and assure us that 2016 would finally bring an M2M specific area and focus to the CeBIT. The Start-Up section and university technology displays with exciting new developments gets a big tick and so does the conference sessions which CeBIT always does well in organising content.

Read the full blog on Connect 2015 here.
Read the full blog on CeBIT 2015 here.

3. Exhibition – M2M One at CommunicAsia 2015

CommunicAsia is Asia’s largest integrated ICT exhibitiion where key executives from the ICT industry congregate to network, create new business opportunities and help shape industry trends.  M2M One is pleased to be part of a trade mission organised by the Victorian government and will be exhibiting on the State Government of Victoria’s stand BN2-07.

Date:           2 – 5 June 2015
Place:         Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Stand:         BN2-07

Admission is for trade professionals only and there is no charge to visit the exhibition. Admission to the Summit is subject to registration and fees payable.To register for a visitor badge to visit the exhibition, you can do so online before show days, or at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on show days (2 – 5 June 2015) with your business card.

For more information and to register for free entry to CommunicAsia 2015 please click here.

4. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

We would like to remind our customers that Telstra will discontinue their 2G/GSM network on the 1st of December 2016. This has implications for M2M One customers using 2G 900MHz GSM/GPRS modems.

M2M One customers with 2G devices have the opportunity to utilize 3G and soon 4G LTE. All M2M One SIM cards are compatible with the Telstra 2G, 3G and soon 4G network so you will not need to physically change any SIM cards from M2M One.

M2MOne customers affected by the shut down of Telstra’s 2G/GSM network who are looking for solutions/alternatives for their 2G/GSM devices are advised to contact a 3G/4G LTE device vendor.
Please read M2M One’s notification of the shutdown if you haven’t already.

If you do not know if your devices will be affected by this please contact M2M One and we can help you.

Thoughts on CeBIT Australia 2015 and The Internet of Things Conference

Thoughts on CeBIT Australia 2015 and The Internet of Things Conference

Another year another CeBIT, only this time things are a bit different.

The Exhibition

CeBIT Australia Showfloor - Image Courtesy of Hannover Fairs

CeBIT Australia Showfloor – Image Courtesy of Hannover Fairs

Over the past few years CeBIT has made an art out of unintentionally alienating the Australian M2M and IoT community, slowly long time exhibitors began to pull out and the show and last year we were left with a skeleton crew of people flying the M2M flag.

Fast-forward to 2015, there is still a distinct lack of M2M companies participating in the exhibition – alongside M2M Connectivity, M2M One and KORE were Telit/GLYN and Multi-Tech Systems. Speaking to other exhibitors there is a distinct feeling of trepidation; a second year in the Olympic Park and mainly brand new staff at Hannover Fairs left a lot of us unsure what the show would hold.

M2M Connectivity and KORE decided to take out a large portion of the show floor together and create their own unofficial “M2M Zone” to showcase solutions, and products in a single location. This certainly helped as it gave visitors some direction but also allowed us to showcase a large portion of the M2M/IoT ecosystem in one location, with raw components like modems, modules, antennas and sensors from M2M Connectivity, connectivity to mobile and satellite networks from M2M One and KORE and finished devices in healthcare, water management and telematics from mCareWatch, Pervasive Telemetry and MTData. It was much easier to give those wanting more depth of knowledge on M2M a strong frame of reference.

Over the 3 days the feelings of unease began to settle as visitors, delegates and VIPs began to visit stands and walk the floor things felt sunnier. The new staff at Hannover Fairs put on an excellent face, taking the time to really engage with exhibitors asking them about previous shows and how they can improve for the following year, and assuring that 2016 would finally bring an M2M specific area and focus to the exhibition.

As a showcase for traditional ICT solutions and enterprise level technology CeBIT still remains Australia’s leading show. The Start-Up section and university technology displays are great areas to find some exciting new developments – As an exhibition for M2M/IoT focused businesses there is still some work to be done by Hannover Fairs but I feel like the new team behind the show are forward looking and can bring something new to 2016.


Paul Budde welcomes everyone to The Internet of Things Conference - Image Courtesy of Hannover Fairs

Paul Budde welcomes everyone to The Internet of Things Conference – Image Courtesy of Hannover Fairs

The Internet of Things Conference

CeBIT has always done a great job with content for their Campus and Conference sessions and this year was no different. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to spend the whole say in the IoT Conference but what I saw was excellent.

Opening up and MCing the session was Australian Telecommunications stalwart Paul Budde. It was interesting to compare the style of someone like Paul who I would call more of a telecommunications generalist, to a M2M subject matter expert like Shane Murphy who MC’d, Connect’s IoT conference. Paul’s line of questioning was very much focused on the big picture and future trends where Shane was more on the immediate future and what companies are doing now.

Andrew Scott from Telstra was the first up, providing some key insights into how the countries leading telco intends to innovate and compete in the IoT space, whether their decision to spread themselves across large swathes of the IoT ecosystem is a good one or not will have to wait and see but for now they are pushing the industry forward in Australia and bringing in leading edge global solutions into the local market.

Tom Fisher was up next, flying the flag of a company that has really put their money where there mouth is in the cellular M2M/IoT space, Jasper. Tom is a great speaker and while a some of the content was a bit marketing heavy he provided some quality insights into how Jasper view the IoT and backed up his content with relevant case studies. A great soundbite from Tom’s presentation was “The Internet of Things isn’t really about Things, It’s about service”, a view I strongly agree with.

It wouldn’t be an Internet of Things conference without everybody’s favorite prediction, the Ericsson 50 Billion! This time it was actually delivered by Ericsson, Warren Chaisatien presented some good views as well as some stargazing, I’m not sure how pushing 5G as the new frontier for IoT is going to help as customers still struggle with the decision to move to 3G or LTE.

I missed a majority of eHealth NSW’s presentation but what I did see seemed to talk about empowering health providers make more informed decisions which is always welcome.

The panel discussion on collaboration managed to get away from the core topic dominated by Simon Kaplan from NICTA and Craig Morton from Moving Data who used the session to pull up some of the shortcomings of the industry in a discussion that was refreshingly critical. There is a tendency for the majority presentations we see paint a wholly rosy view of the industry, where having a more “warts and all” approach might help us identify the areas we need to work on to accelerate uptake and collaboration.

M2M One had the honor of running one of the afternoon round table sessions, being given the dubious title of “Getting started in the IoT”, luckily we had a great turnout from companies in various stages of implementation. The main standout from our session was the gulf between those already implementing connected technology strategies and those with no idea how to get started. This is symptomatic of the noise in the industry; the hype has overtaken rational thought, especially in larger companies causing a decisional paralysis. Daryl Chambers and myself wanted to enforce that it’s not about having an IoT strategy but more about using connected technology to compliment business initiatives.

I really liked some of the points raised by Simon Kaplan in his later solo session on collaboration. His view of Australia as the ‘Petri Dish of Asia’ (in a positive way!) is one I’ve shared for some time and anyone who wants to push Australia to the front of the IoT industry gets my vote.

Hopes for 2016

On the whole CeBIT left me somewhat conflicted, as an exhibitor the show underwhelmed but I feel like 2015 was a bit of a “rebuilding year” in which new staff had the unenviable task of taking over mid-planning. As a delegate and participant in the conference side of the show, I felt like the show was a success with some great local speakers and relevant content.

I’d like to urge as many people in the industry as possible to provide feedback to the new team at Hannover Fairs and show them that there is an appetite in the industry to participate in the show as long as they can address the concerns we’ve raised over the past few years and hopefully 2016 can be a strong year for M2M/IoT at CeBIT.

Did you attend CeBIT? Do you have some thoughts on how shows in Australia can better showcase the Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things space? Let us know on Twitter @M2MOneAU or on LinkedIn at M2M One

James Mack

General Manager – M2M One


The views and opinions expressed in this blog site are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of M2M One or M2M Group.

5 Predictions for M2M and IoT in 2015

5 Predictions for M2M and IoT in 2015

Well it’s that time of year again, the decorations and coming down, the left overs are being thrown away, and bloggers, journalists & enthusiasts are either getting nostalgic and writing summaries of 2014 or looking forward and making their annual predictions for 2015, and who doesn’t love a list right? – So without further ado here are my 5 predictions (in no particular order) for M2M/IoT in 2015. (more…)

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