The M2M Summit 2013 showcases the Power and Potential of M2M
Machine-to-machine communications is a major growth market and a key driver of innovation in the most varied industry sectors, a fact made patently clear at this year’s M2M Summit, which took place on 10th September 2013 in Dusseldorf.
Interest in this event, with around 1,000 participants from over 30 countries and more than 50 exhibitors, was greater than ever before. And the M2M Alliance presented the results of a current survey - with some highly revealing figures. 73% of the survey participants stated that they expect two-figure growth for their M2M area - every year. Over 23% even expect growth levels of over 25% - not just for Germany, but on an international level. The participants included companies from the telecommunications and construction sectors, the automobile industry, electrical engineering, research and development, consultancy and even the health sector.
A top quality presentation programme
Despite the record number of visitors and exhibitors last year, the M2M Alliance had already made the decision at an early stage to redesign some elements of this year’s event. “Rather than simply resting on the laurels of last year’s success, we decided to transform specific programme points to further enhance the quality of the M2M summit and to offer a platform to even more sectors and businesses", Eric Schneider, first chairman of the M2M Alliance, explains. The new features included an expert panel discussion, with debates involving Marc Sauter (Vodafone Ltd.), Jürgen Hase (Deutsche Telekom AG), Magnus Melander (B3IT Management AB), Bernd Wunderlich (IBM Deutschland GmbH) and Kai Brasche (Telefonica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG) in and around the topic of “M2M becomes reality”.
In addition, the entire programme of events was based on five key-notes, presented by top-quality speakers. The workshops of previous years have now become fora and were also professionally moderated.
The Speakers’ Corner, which was introduced last year, has also undergone minor changes. These 10-minute long presentations aim to inform visitors to the M2M Summit about the most important topics, innovations and new products. The official partner country for 2013 was Sweden, which had a Swedish joint booth and representation by 13 companies such as B3IT, Fridat, Springworks and Business Sweden. The Netherlands and Canada, who were partner countries in previous years, were once again represented by trade delegations at the event.
Information and exchange
“With our event, we wanted to give businesses, research institutes and other interested parties a real opportunity to discover the latest developments in M2M technology and to share information with one another”, Eric Schneider, first chairman of the M2M Alliance, clarifies. “International partnerships and uniform standards will be some of the key topics of the M2M Alliance over the next few years. We also plan to expand our technical university network, to allow us to forge even stronger links with industry and research.” Schneider also relates the fact that policymakers have now realised that the Industry 4.0 standard can only be achieved with the use of M2M technologies and products to the unrelenting work of the M2M Alliance.
This year the M2M Summit took place under the patronage of Dirk Elbers, the Mayor of Dusseldorf. Cooperation partners of the M2M Summit are Mobile Capital Düsseldorf and the Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Numerous sponsors also gave their support to the event, including Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom AG as Platinum Sponsors and Gemalto and u-blox as Gold Sponsor.