The leading companies in M2M, or machine to machine, technologies have proven to be integral to everyday life, so check out CBR’s list of the top 13.
Vodafone was founded in 1991, in London, and predominantly operates services in the regions of Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania, in 26 different countries. In 2016 the company generated £40 billion in revenue last year. In February 2016 it had the eighth largest market capitalisation on the London Stock Exchange.
As one of the largest companies in M2M, Vodafone offers a range of solutions for those looking to capitalise on the technology, one such solution can even be used to offer comprehensive support for farming. By keeping feed control in contact with machinery, farms are able to ensure that things are operating at peak efficiency.
Bosch was founded in 1886, by German engineer Robert Bosch, and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automtotive parts, among other things. In 2016 the conglomerate generated €73.1 billion in revenue and the company is 92% owned by Robert Bosch Stiftung, a private charitable organisation.
Whilst Bosch’s predominant trade is in the automotive industry, the conglomerate has also developed its own M2M/IoT platform known as Bosch IoT suite. The platform is currently available on either the AWS cloud or the IBM BlueMix, and offers users the ability to protect and streamline processes in Manufacturing, Energy, Mobility, and homes.
AT&T was founded in 1983, and is currently the second largest provider of mobile phone services and the largest provider fixed telephone services in the United States. As well as being one of the leading companies in M2M, T&T has also branched out into different industries including satellite television and home security. In 2016 the company generated $163 billion in revenue.
In terms of M2M, AT&T also offer a range of services designed to create quick and efficient access to data and insights from network connected machines. The company’s M2X Data Service gives a range of industries the ability to manage their data storage, device management, and message brokering with the ability to establish triggers, alarms and geo-fencing.
Deutsche Telekom was founded in 1995 after it was privatised and the Deutsche Bundespost was divided into three section, though the German government still retains a 30% stake in the company. The telecommunications giant is one of the leading companies in M2M and has existed as part of Europe’s telecoms network for the better part of its existence and holds significant shares in other companies across the continent, including Hungary and Macedonia.
Among the services offered by Deutsche Telekom is the NarrowBand IoT service which the company says is a new standard for IoT. The platform can be used to establish networks on anything from water meters to parking spots, by sending frequent small amounts of data, and is capable of transmitting over long distances.
Ericsson was founded in Sweden in the year 1876 by Lars Magnus Ericsson, and was originally a telegraph repair shop. After two years however, Ericsson began selling his own equipment and today the company has a 35% market share of the 2G/3G/4G market. In 2016 the company generated over £24 billion in revenue.
Ericsson states that its vision is to see over 50 billion devices connected and they believe that the Ericsson Device Connection Platform is one of the ways to make this happen. The Platform is capable of doing for the enterprise what other platforms have achieved for smart homes and aims to reduce the complexity of M2M device connection and management.
Verizon was founded in 1983, as Atlantic Bell, in the United States and is currently the largest US wireless communications provider. It was formed as one of the Seven Bells after the Justice Department ordered AT&T to relinquish control of the Bell System. In 2016 the company generated revenue of $125 billion and employs over 160,000 people.
Verizon Wireless, is the company’s main M2M platform and its designed to automate processes for the enterprise in order to increase profitability. The company offers a range of different plans and pricing aimed at small businesses so that more attention can be spent on critical tasks.