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Apr 5 2010   11:39AM GMT

M2M Hype-O-Rama! Carriers look to embed themselves in wireless devices

Kate Gerwig Kate Gerwig Profile: Kate Gerwig

I don’t know about you, but wild telecom industry hype just hasn’t been up to snuff lately. We’ve pretty much worn cloud computing into the ground, and even iPhone apps are threatening to go there too. Thank goodness we have renewed telecom interest in machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless applications that could provide a slow-and-steady low-bandwidth trickle of data across carrier networks ($$$$).

To prove M2M hype has arrived, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior talked about the M2M services opportunity recently, so you know it’s serious (or at least Cisco is seriously interested in it). She spins a vision of continuous data streaming via wireless sensors that are deployed everywhere. Ok, this gets a bit Big Brotherish for me. Do I really want a non-traditional device tattling to my car insurance company that I am exhibiting bad driver behavior? And who decides what behavior is bad? Or do I want a pill bottle cap flashing at me because I missed a dose?

But to try to stay on topic, our own Jessica Scarpati reports on the telecom revenue possibilities in machine-to-machine services this week. Find out what nontraditional device might have wireless chipsets embedded in them next.

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