The size of IoT market in 2020

Each week I read about the estimated size of M2M market in 2020. What is interesting is that the figure is increasing. This is a logic explanation of the fact that some big investments will be in effect by 2015, like the smart power meter or the emergency cal or the NFC devices ( phones included). The last figure I’ve seen is 212 billion. While this might be seen as a joke about 2012, I welcome the new figure, more than ever. Why ? because it is evolving. The market abhors vacuum and round figures. I am sure that the most accurate projection is not 50 billion, neither 212 billion, but 423.169.531.992 devices.  Why ? There is an emerging market that grows unseen, yet it cannot be ignored: the nanotech devices. How many ? A lot. And by 2020, they will represent 90% of the market. 90% ? Yes. like the millions of billions of insects, hard to see the hidden part of the iceberg is. But it is.   

android versus ios

There is a huge pack of people prasing the qualities of Android. Well, I’ve downloaded the ADT and tried to test a basic Hello World application on my Mac. Guess what, the android simulator took a couple of minutes to launch. overall performance was scary. i halted the test when Adt + simulator were taking 1.5 Gb and the cpu temp was 85 C degrees.

I don’t know what is going on, but apparently in order to make the simplest Android appliction one need a machine with much memory and CPU power. This isn’t very encouraging.

Just to compare it, my xcode launches without problems and I am able to run and test many iOS applications without problems.

One thing is sure, I definitely prefer iOS over Android.

Samsung + ARM = M2M

Samsung is a big player in the world of M2M. At the Cartes 2013 exhibition I have the opportunity to see up close  a M2M module. It made me want to create my own M2M company. I mean, a M2M module is just a SIM socket + SIM, the ARM CPU + flash  memory and the connectors ( Ethernet, serial, etc.) Only the antenna was missing. Why then is the M2M movement gaining momentum such clumsily ?

Cartes 2013 – Villepinte (France)

Just got back with hot news from Cartes 2013 Exhibition, the Mecca of smart cards & security. I have fresh good new and fresh bad news. Which should I write about first ? The good, the bad ? Long lasting impression.

The first impression: the exhibition has improved slightly. 99% of the exhibitors are the same from the 2012 edition, but I’ve seen new faces.  The big four ( Gi-De, Gemo, O-thur, Safran)  were front row. However, instead of showing many demos, they were rather static. So static that the second day by 4 o’clock p.m., Gi-De was emptying its stand. Too bad. Tomorrow might be the day of big deal closing. If the showcase is empty …

Half of the stands were empty, i.e. without visitors. The other half were way too crowded to let one enjoy the view.  The most sad was the stand of one big company with only four chairs upon which stood 4 salespersons from that big company.  Maybe the database they sell and the four letter language program that runs on smartcards don’t need a bigger showcase at an exhibition of this importance. Maybe. Let us not despair. 


Now for the full half of the glass. I enjoyed talking with people from various fields related to the smartcard industry. I must say that they are most professional and very eager to present their respective products.


From the secure fingerprint card with long lasting power reserve to the pick-and-place machine which glues ICs on the antenna card, from the facial recognition software from Toshiba to the testing of NFC, I have enjoyed conversing with very professional people, eager to offer information about their product.





uBlox is stricking again, again and again

Swiss-based uBlox makes a bold move. The company known, among others,  for its M2M modules simplifies the integration of global positioning  antenna modules.   uBlox offers Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) antenna modules  packed in the highly popular form factor PAM-7Q. The offer comprizes two kinds of modules: a GPS-only module (PAM) and a multi-satellite module (CAM)

According to uBlox, the CAM module is able to track multiple GNSS (GPS, Galileo, QZSS, GLONASS, and BeiDou).