The Future of M2M is Real-time and Low-cost

The fastest growing segment of mobile carriers is their M2M customers. M2M is machine-to-machine. Instead of you and I buying a mobile data subscription for our apps, M2M is a “machine” connected to the Web via a mobile modem or DSL lines or cable modems. ABI Research says that Cellular/Mobile M2M subscriptions will reach over 297 million by 2015. This means there will be a bunch of things on the mobile phone network that are not people. This is not new information, this what we call the Internet of Things or in a more practical sense, the Intranet of Things.

Our background was M2M. The founding team of ioBridge worked on far-reaching M2M applications such as remote monitoring of medical devices, SCADA applications for pump and well monitoring, Oil and Gas pipeline monitoring, and substation power monitoring for Smart Grid applications. When we founded ioBridge we wanted to take our experience with M2M and couple that with our big ideas that everything should be Internet-enabled. To reinvent M2M, we had to create a new platform. Once a machine is connected, truly connected, that machine can leverage web services and social networking to ultimately enable first-of-their-kind applications.

ioBridge consists of many parts in concert with web services:

  • Real-time push messaging from device to web services, web services to devices
  • Multiple ways to interface with devices
  • Low-power wireless sensors (we still have tide sensors connected to the web for over 2 years)
  • Widget and application builders
  • Multiple ways to interface with external web applications
  • Native support to interface with WeatherBug, Google Weather, NOAA, Google Calculator, Yahoo Financials, Twitter, ThingSpeak, FourSquare, FaceBook, and any open API via our ThingHTTP app.

As a result, the ioBridge platform enables real applications that solve many of the traditional issues with a polling style M2M or SCADA solutions. We take full advantage of connecting things to web services. The additional benefit is low-cost. Maybe the biggest disruption that we have seen is cost. Since you can buy our dev kit for less than $200 and get a free suite of web services, you can start building an app immediately. Cost also lowers the barrier to entry for a whole host of new M2M customers that previously were cost prohibited from taking advantage of M2M applications.

In a recent article from the Yankee Group, Parlez-vous M2M?, Emily Green includes ideas about where M2M is going and some input from Dr. Robert Mawrey, the CEO of ioBridge. She also mentions how we “internet-enabled” a cranberry bog. Emily will be releasing a follow-up interview with Dan Luechauer, a cranberry bog owner, who has a completely  automated, remotely controlled and monitored cranberry bog via ioBridge technology. (Emily – Thanks for including us in your post and we look forward to your future articles.)

We have 100’s of examples just like Dan’s cranbrery bog. We look forward to sharing more applications with you. Visit the ioBridge Pro Applications section of our website for the latest info and ways to get started with ioBridge.