Connected consumer electronic devices and gadgets are no longer confined to areas with WLAN reception. Thanks to global 2G/3G coverage and integrated SIM cards, consumers can use their connected devices wherever they are. This flexibility inspires and enables manufacturers to design great new products and services that offer features such as localization and data transfer without requiring a fixed internet connection.
Examples of successful M2M and IoT applications for consumers are:
- Children/pet tracking
- M2M media distribution
- Personal navigation devices
Manufacturers and suppliers are facing difficulties and special requirements when developing consumer applications and devices, including:
- Mass production of M2M devices
- Seamless API integration
- Traffic cost management
- Policy enforcement
Technological and commercial solutions
Application developers and device manufacturers overcome these challenges easily by running their IoT/M2M applications on an IoT connectivity platform.