The beleaguered smartphone maker
) has decided to enter the lucrative machine-to-machine (M2M)
wireless communications market. Management has undertaken "Project
Ion" to help business enterprises to provide a seamless connection
between people, devices and machines for greater value
"Project Ion" will focus on developing a secure public
application platform based-on the company's proprietary QNX
software and BlackBerry secure enterprise mobility management
system. BlackBerry will also provide Internet-based technological
designs, applications and services to enhance productivity and
improve real-time decision making of large business
The M2M wireless communication technology has been significantly
driving mobile data revenues for wireless service providers. A
typical mobile M2M messaging system establishes a wireless
communication link between a group of devices and a computer server
or another device for transmitting data contained within those
The M2M market provides the opportunity to mobile-enabled
millions of devices, like cars, utility meters, vending machines
and consumer electronics devices to get connected to a wireless
Several industry researchers have estimated that the financial
opportunity of the global M2M communications market may reach $45
billion to $53 billion between 2018 and 2020. Over the same time
frame, the number of M2M module deployment is predicted to rise
from 175 million to 470 million. Industry verticals like
healthcare, manufacturing, energy and utilities will largely
benefit from the progress.
Next-generation (4G) technology is also boosting the growth of
the M2M segment as it provides exceptionally high Internet speeds.
Massive throughput and low latency period of the LTE technology
enable easy access for large-scale applications like fleet
management, security, automotive, navigation, and video
Meanwhile, in the U.S., all four national telecom operators,
Verizon Communications Inc.
) and T-Mobile US Inc. are expanding their M2M operations.
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