M2M Customers Outwit Weak Signals


In the ever-changing ecosystem of M2M and connected devices, there are some things that never change. For instance, M2M customers—regardless of which vertical market they fall into—need a strong, reliable connection so data can be collected and transmitted from their devices. This has always been true, and it always will be a fundamental requirement for successful M2M deployments, no matter how the market evolves.

According to Juniper Research, www.juniperresearch.com, the market will evolve a lot, reaching $20 billion globally in revenue by 2015. The research firm suggests lower chipset prices will spur the growth of the Internet of Things in the near future. Meanwhile, Juniper also suggests the installed base of cellular M2M devices will approach 500 million modules by 2018, driven in part by hot verticals such as telematics.

This growth is predicated on the continual availability of new and improved technologies capable of delivering the quality of service M2M customers have come to expect from their partners. One partner many companies rely on for their M2M deployments is Wilson Electronics, www.wilsonelectronics.com, a provider of signal booster solutions for mobile and M2M solutions.

The company offers its Wilson DataPro Direct Connect, a cellular signal booster designed specifically for M2M installations. Wilson says the device is based on the same technology behind its Sleek in-vehicle cellphone booster for the consumer market. DataPro Direct Connect can be integrated with CDMA (code division multiple access) modem installations to provide a reliable cellular signal, and the company says it works on all North American CDMA networks.

For fleet monitoring and remote-monitoring applications, among others, DataPro’s bidirectional nature ensures a strong, fast data connection by amplifying signals both to and from the cell site, even in remote locations. Wilson says two main reasons for weak cellular signals are distance to the cell site and obstructions such as brick, steel, trees, or hills—common hurdles for many M2M customers.

There are many reasons M2M will continue to grow in the coming years, but one reason is the continued investment of companies like Wilson Electronics in improving conditions for existing deployments as well as up-and-coming solutions. Weak signal areas are unlikely to go away, but that doesn’t have to impede the flow of data to and from M2M devices around North America, and around the globe.

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