There's been a lot of talk lately about the machine-to-machine (M2M) interface. This could be a few different things, depending on who you're actually talking to. Some folks think that it's having all machines connected to the Internet (the vending machine telling the home office that it needs to be re-filled is the most talked about application). Some other folks says that it has to do with cellular technology. A good example there is when your car immediately call a response center when your air bags deploy.
I'm of the opinion that all these various applications fit the definition. Do you know of some other way in which this technology works? If so, go to www.mobilehandsetdesignline.com/forums all let people know about it.
This topic came to light recently as Wavecom announced its intention to acquire Sony Ericsson's M2M business. They clain that this acquisition gives them the largest M2M R&D team in the world.
The Sony Ericsson business unit involved includes the GX64 and GX47/48 GSM/GPRS product families, the CM42/52 CDMA/1xRTT product family, and the company's global assets and activities in M2M research & development, marketing, and sales. It doesn't include any assets or activities related to Sony Ericsson's mobile phones.
The stated goal for Wavecom will be to integrate Sony Ericsson's M2Mpower software suite and hardware platform into its Open AT software suite, which is used in automotive and industrial wireless solutions.
More information on the two companies can be found at www.wavecom.com and www.SonyEricsson.com.