Thursday, May 25, 2006

Next Wave Of The Internet

Physical world connection includes more than individual physical objects being connected to the Internet via mobile phone and a physical world hyperlink.

I have primarily focused on the possibilities when 2 billion mobile phones and individual objects can be connected to the Net, but imagine when every appliance and machine in every home/office are connected to the Net. A continuous physical world connection.

M2M (machine to machine) or telematics, is when machines are connected to the Internet and are able to provide information or be monitored/controlled from a remote location.

M2M (machine to machine) device shipment revenues are expected to grow at an annualized rate of 27% over the next 5 years, reaching $10.6b worldwide by 2011, according to figures just published by Harbor Research Inc.

Often described as the ‘next wave of the Internet’, Harbor Research believes that the networking of such products will open up vast new opportunities for growth in added-value “smart services” for product manufacturers and will radically change the dynamics of many industry sectors.

Harbor is already engaged with many product manufacturers to identify and help develop opportunities for such new smart services arising from manufactured products across many diverse sectors

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