1. W Hoa's Avatar
    While reading a post about the Vancouver launch event I was struck by how quickly the same venue would be holding a 'Summit' around issues that are extremely relevant to BB10.

    I leads me to believe, having done some very basic research, that M2M could be a big part of what Thor has to offer on January 30.

    Please join us to celebrate BlackBerry 10

    As a thank you to our developers for your contributions towards BlackBerry® 10, we invite you to join us on January 30th to celebrate

    Wavefront Center
    1400 – 1055 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
    January 30, 2013 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Wavefront Wireless Summits
    Monday, February 4, 2013 - Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    The second annual ‘ Summits Week ‘ is focused on making intelligent connections and building effective partnerships that address industry-specific challenges with mobile and wireless technologies, including Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), big data, and enterprise mobility applications.

    This year’s Summits will feature detailed presentations and valuable discussions
    around three critical and opportunity-laden industry segments: health, energy and transportation.
    Hosted by Wavefront in Vancouver, Canada

    Wavefront Wireless Summits - Events - BCIC


    Beyond the release of BB10, another acronym will hold RIM’s attention: M2M, or machine to machine, which refers to technologies that allow wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same ability. That could mean connecting a cellphone to a vehicle, for example – something QNX has plenty of experience doing

    “Honestly, the opportunities are mind-boggling,” he says. “Our challenge in the short term is to make sure we focus, get BB10 out in a great launch, and explore these great opportunities.”

    RIM reaping - Technology - Ottawa Business Journal


    Companies like Qualcomm and Verizon have developed software stores for M2M platforms but the scale of the requirement is unproven. If it does develop, the next step could be for RIM to open up its BlackBerry network to other industries, something Heins also hinted at.

    RIM looks to license BB10 for M2M markets - Rethink Wireless


    M2M market set to take off

    According to Machina Research, the number of machine-to-machine connections world-wide will grow from 2 billion at the end of 2011 and an expected 2.4 billion at end of 2012, to 18 billion in 2022 – driven by the consumer electronics and intelligent building sectors, which together will account for 70% of the total.

    Finally, next year will start to see the introduction of alternative communications methods for M2M devices, because SMS is not the cheapest technology or the most practical for every scenario – look out for very cheap “white space” radio technology.

    2013 Predictions: Top-10 telecom trends for 2013
    cjcampbell, spike12, zyben and 3 others like this.
    01-26-13 10:05 AM
  2. zyben's Avatar
    It's important to remember that M2M is part of Thor's pedigree. He spent 23 years at Seimens, the pioneers of M2M, before joining RIM in 2007:

    While cellular is becoming more common, sizable numbers of machines still use land lines (POTS, DSL, cable) to connect to the IP network. The cellular M2M communications industry emerged in 1995 when Siemens set up a dedicated department inside its mobile phones business unit to develop and launch a GSM data module called “M1”[7] based on the Siemens mobile phone S6 for M2M industrial applications, enabling machines to communicate over wireless networks. In October 2000, the modules department formed a separate business unit inside Siemens called "Wireless Modules" which in June 2008 became a standalone company called Cinterion Wireless Modules. The first M1 module was used for early point of sale (POS) terminals, in vehicle telematics, remote monitoring and tracking and tracing applications.

    Machine to machine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    An analyst discussing Apple's latest earnings and its lack of innovation said, "They are stuck on smartphones". He went on to say that there are 8 billion people in the world(as potential smartphone users), but there are trillions of things that will be connected. The M2M space has huge potential.
    01-26-13 10:32 AM
  3. anon(5624621)'s Avatar
    I leads me to believe, having done some very basic research, that M2M could be a big part of what Thor has to offer on January 30.
    I really hope so. That would be really cool.
    01-26-13 10:37 AM
  4. jagrlover's Avatar
    At the very least you can count on it being the beginning of M2M being a huge part of RIM's future. It's all about the verticals......
    01-26-13 10:48 AM
  5. W Hoa's Avatar
    ...next year will start to see the introduction of alternative communications methods for M2M devices, because SMS is not the cheapest technology or the most practical for every scenario – look out for very cheap “white space” radio technology.
    I'm wondering if RIM's purchase of Paratek was intended to utilize this "white space"? Especially for M2M use.

    The industry will be watching closely to see if RIM can leverage Paratek’s technology to freshen up its handsets.

    Paratek’s adaptive radio frequency technology is called ParaScan and was designed for multi-band handsets. This suggests RIM may be looking to develop BlackBerry handsets that can work on a variety of wireless network standards, including 2G, 3G and 4G
    01-26-13 02:32 PM
  6. gjohnsto's Avatar
    Transparent Distributed Processing

    Transparent Distributed Processing, or TDP, is the name that the QNX operating system uses to refer to its network distributed architecture. Since QNX is a microkernel it is inherently network distributable, so TDP actually boils down to a protocol module that plugs in to the QNX networking stack. This protocol module (known as qnet) links the microkernels across the network together, so that operating system services are accessed using exactly the same mechanism without regard to the computer node on which they reside.
    QNX - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And QNX to QNX has the potential to be a monster!
    01-26-13 04:23 PM
  7. Dapper37's Avatar
    It's actually hard to imagine the entirety of Rims potential!
    01-26-13 09:02 PM
  8. Dapper37's Avatar
    Interesting that RIM has a party going on in Vancouver, how many other cities are doing the same?
    01-26-13 09:07 PM

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