Wireless technology of many protocols and use-cases – including wi-fi, WiMAX, satellite, cellular and RFID – has become an advantageous alternative for businesses across the globe but particularly in emerging markets. Businesses in every vertical industry are expanding into regions of the world where wireline infrastructure has not been universally established with the ubiquitous footprint that most of the developed world takes for granted.
In North America, on the other hand, emerging government regulations for transportation safety, food safety, air quality, water quality and energy efficiency are creating new pressures for machine-to-machine (M2M) data services including cellular and satellite services. This trend toward regulation and proof of compliance will proliferate internationally. Today, businesses must seek out new ways to save money, reduce inventory spoilage and shrinkage and adhere to regulatory mandates – while at the same time making their people and business processes more efficient and containing costs.