In 2014, the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications market gained traction, and Aeris racked up successes on several fronts. And as we step ahead into 2015, both the IoT/M2M market and Aeris can expect continued growth.
Aeris grew the number of its IoT/M2M-connected devices from one million in 2013 to 2.4 million in 2014. By all counts, we’re on track to continue on this growth path in 2015. Industry-wide, Cisco CEO John Chambers earlier in the year forecasted that M2M/IoT will become a trillion-dollar-market.
Aeris moved forward with a series of initiatives in 2014 to continue its industry-leading position.
In October, Aeris launched Neo, its online, self-service marketplace for IoT/M2M connectivity that is expected in 2015 to remove the biggest barriers hampering the explosive potential of the next generation of IoT/M2M.
Neo simplifies the development process, speeding time-to-market, and lowers costs by 50 percent or more. The Neo online platform enables prospective customers to purchase a connectivity solution in minutes, and have a fully functional solution within a day.
Other 2014 Aeris initiatives included Aeris GSP, a global M2M Service Delivery Platform which allows mobile operators to significantly lower current M2M service delivery costs, adapt to unique M2M business models, and offer advanced data services to increase M2M revenue per connection. Aeris also launched its Infinity Support program, which provides 24/7 support, thirty minute response time, and proactive monitoring and issue identification needed by customers to achieve breakthrough performance in operational efficiency and solution uptime.
For 2015, Aeris expects to move ahead on several fronts.
We will continue to expand on our global partnerships in Europe, India, and around the world. Last month, Aeris became a member of the International M2M Council (IMC) and will join its Board of Governors. The IMC is one of the few industry groups that supports enterprise users of M2M technology on a global scale.
"Joining the IMC enables us to extend beyond our North American roots, by working in conjunction with IMC's Adopter Member communities from around the world in to assist us in honing our products and message," Syed Zaeem “Z” Hosain, Aeris founder and CTO, said in a statement.
Aeris will continue to develop global partnerships in 2015 to leverage our services.
As the ability to use Big Data analytics to develop M2M/IoT offers great promise for companies to create customized applications to gain competitive advantage, Aeris will continue to develop data analytics through AerCloud, its cloud platform for collecting, managing and analyzing sensor data for IoT/M2M (M2M) applications. At the core of AerCloud is a highly scalable time-series database designed to meet the challenges of scale, speed and rich analytics that innovative IoT applications demand.
The role of channel partners helping distribute IoT/M2M solutions will be an important factor in 2015, and unsurprisingly, Aeris, with Neo, will be playing an important role, said industry analyst Jeff Kaplan.
“VARs, SIs and MSPs are going to be in the vanguard of the deployment of IoT initiatives also, with the help of cloud-based marketplaces like Aeris Communications’ Neo platform,” Kaplan wrote in SandHill.com.
And 2015 we will see increased M2M/IoT adoption by enterprises, according to the analyst firm Machina Research, which said: “We will see a lot more commercial deployments of enterprise IoT. There’s a huge amount more interest from a diverse range of enterprises. Until now it’s been exploratory. In 2015 it becomes meaningful.”
At Aeris, we’ve segmented pout product portfolio to serve enterprise accounts, including healthcare, fleet telematics, connected vehicle, point of sale, monitoring and control and utilities. This effort will intensify in the months to come.
That’s just some of the action expected in 2015. Hold onto your seats!