Deutsche Telekom launched the M2M Developer Community in a bid to tap into the expected growth in machine-to-machine communications and provide an enabling platform for M2M connections in a push to conenct he so-called "Internet of Things."
The new platform is part of Deutsche Telekom's Developer Garden and offers developers access to tools such as APIs, programming guidelines and software development kits (SDK) to develop and sell applications for M2M.
"Over 7,000 users are already active on the portal," EE Times Europe quoted Jürgen Hase, head of Deutsche Telekom's M2M Competence Center, as saying. "We are offering developers of M2M solutions a knowledge exchange and networking platform, expert support, as well as practical APIs and help with programming SDKs. The Developer Community will be an ideas catalyst to support the growth of M2M technology. We believe that in the future, we will need new ideas and solutions for a variety of applications in different industries."
According to Berg Insight, around 3.4 per cent of the world's top 10 global operators' aggregate subscriber base of 2 billion is connected to machines and not people.
Deutsche Telekom gave the example of a smoke detector alarm that can be monitored online utilizing the appropriate M2M API and further enhanced with SMS alarm notification by meshing-up with Deutsche Telekom's SMS API. The finished M2M application can then be directly marketed and sold via Deutsche Telekom's M2M Marketplace.
According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), around 5 billion M2M devices exist worldwide, and that number is expected to increase tenfold by 2020.
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