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M2M, short for Machine to Machine communications, is something of an enigma for the majority of business executives today. Yet, M2M is becoming a major factor in the ability of market players to compete and is also bringing significant benefits to our personal lives.
M2M is often seen as an evolution of telemetry as it allows the remote measurement and reporting of information to a central location. The objective is to allow machines to interact with a company information system or an organization, without human intervention. The breadth of applications is wide and nearly unlimited!
The technologies used for M2M are the same as those typically used for wireless communications. While the cellular network and the Internet are preferred for long-range communications, Bluetooth , wi-fi and RFID are typically used for short to medium-range. Some of these existing technologies have been upgraded for industrial needs and new technologies such as Wavenis or Zigbee have also emerged to meet the requirements of certain M2M applications. Continue Reading »
London, November 2008. I was fortunate enough to be invited to give a keynote at a very interesting rail-communications conference recently.
Graham Wilde and Ross Parsons from UK-based BWCS Consultancy have expanded their hugely successful annual Mobility@Rail summer conference in London with a new autumn-edition, focusing upon rail communications regulation and management.
Admittedly the first in a series of many to come, the speakers at this introductory event focused mainly upon Europe’s regulatory success in dealing with interstate rail-communications, a system also known as “GSM-R” (“R” stands for “rail”).
Orchestrated by the European Union, supported by large vendor-consortia (the likes of Nokia-Siemens and Nortel), and now implemented by the majority of European rail-operators, the GSM-R system has proven to support critical “below-the-rail” secure voice communication systems at Europe’s densely interstate rail network.
However, despite its major success, the various presentations from both train- and rail-operators clearly indicated the need to further expand the GSM-R system to increase its capacity for wireless data-communications, to increase security on the trains and the trackside as well as to support a range of operational and maintenance (remote-diagnosis) applications.
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