M2M applications development is traditionally a bespoke endeavour, but there are increasing signs of the next phase - the emergence of Application Enablement Platforms. Ian Scales reports.
According to ABI, which has just completed a study on the area
, the next logical step for the US$1.7 Billion M2M software market, is for applications developers to increasingly outsource core functionality. In other words, to avoid rebuilding the core features and functionality each time a new project is undertaken it seems logical to abstract and re-use solutions
Says ABI: "Cellular M2M application development has traditionally been a complex, costly, and time-consuming endeavor. Typically, developers create their applications from start to finish as entirely custom projects. However, across different applications and verticals, there is actually much commonality of requirements in terms of core features and functionality.
For example, how to model an object in the application, how to create rules and alerts, and how to provide security mechanisms are all features that span the M2M market.
"Increasingly, third-party providers of what ABI Research calls Application Enablement Platforms (AEPs) – software designed to provide these core features for multiple M2M applications – are stepping up their efforts to abstract away much of the burden of application development."
ABI Research believes the AEP market will grow from about USD $169 million in 2011 to roughly $1.7 billion by 2017.
It currently counts over 30 companies currently active in this space, "ranging from “pure-play” providers like Axeda, ILS Technology, and ThingWorx, to M2M module and modem suppliers like Digi International, Sierra Wireless, Novatel Wireless, and Eurotech, to core network infrastructure providers like NSN and NEC," it says.
"ABI Research expects that as the M2M market becomes ever more mainstream, it is likely that large core network infrastructure and IT equipment vendors with deep pockets will start to “roll up” the smaller players in a natural process of consolidation."
So what do you think will happen? Is AEP an important way forward and, if you're a current or aspiring M2M provider or application user, do you expect it to play a big part in your M2M activity going forward?
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