Canada’s Rogers Communications declared yesterday that it expects to power over one million Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connections and that it will bring a cloud-based hosted data analytics offering to market before the end of this year. The company plans to grow its traditional M2M business to include big data and analytics as well as professional and managed services, and expects the market revenue for the overall M2M ecosystem in Canada will reach approximately USD1 billion in the next three years.
As part of its commitment to accelerate the adoption and development of connected technology, Rogers has opened a third Wireless Innovation Centre in Toronto, adding to similar facilities in Montreal and Vancouver. The centres offer an interactive experience with the latest M2M technology and enterprise mobility applications from partners. Solutions showcased include wireless asset tracking, wireless backup connectivity, digital signage, video surveillance, point of sale and data analytics applications. Hands-on demos of technology that businesses and consumers use today are also featured including ATMs, parking meters and GPS locating tools. Rogers expects vertical industries will increasingly embrace these types of connected solutions – particularly healthcare, retail, transportation, energy and utilities.