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Communications sector boosts M2M modules adoption

Suppliers of M2M modules in China underscore high performance to penetrate the autoelectronics, intelligent housing and health care sectors.

The widespread application of machine-to-machine or M2M modules in wireless communication and transportation systems, computers, and industrial technologies is bolstering the line in China. Global sales of the category are forecast to grow 38 percent this year, while worldwide shipments will hit 56 million units in 2012, according to ABI Research.

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SIMCom adopts GSM/GPRS, GPS/AGPS, EDGE, 3G and short-distance wireless platforms.

To cater to fields emphasizing high performance such as autoelectronics, intelligent housing and health care, suppliers in China are enhancing reliability and increasing life span. The second covers automatic meter reading, household safety monitoring and access control systems. Adoption, however, is limited due to inhibitive costs.

Makers are also developing M2M modules with anti-high temperature, -shock, -radiation and -static attributes to match requirements in GPS terminals and speed camera alert systems. Logistics vehicle and tax/bus scheduling management, theft tracking devices and car telematics are covered as well.

Mobile phones will continue to spur demand for M2M modules, with shipments for the segment exceeding 106 million units in 2015. Cinterion is the top supplier of variants employed in handsets, accounting for 26 percent of the global market share.

Wireless communication and the Internet of Things will likewise boost growth as the user market requires stable, reliable and multimode versions. M2M modules targeting 3G network application reached $307 billion in the past two years with a CAGR of 49 percent. According to ABI Research estimates, shipments of wireless M2M modules for 2G and 3G networking will quadruple in the next four years.

To this end, players in the telecom sector are incorporating 2G or 3G features and cooperating with clients regarding their preferred wireless interface. M2M modules are also targeted at power load management and fire alarm security terminals and telehealth systems.

SIMCom, the world's second-largest supplier of M2M modules, has developed a version of the last, which can be used at home to monitor a patient's vital signs and accommodate disease-related queries. The Shanghai-based company adopts GSM/GPRS, GPS/AGPS, EDGE, 3G and short-distance wireless platforms in its manufacturing process.

Note:This article was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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