Smart Home Systems to Increase by 60 Per Cent between Now and 2017 Thanks to Machine-to-Machine Technology

The M2M Challenge is Looking for Innovative Solutions That Further Increase Security and Comfort in the Home

MUNICH--The intelligently controlled home is no longer a vision of the future, but instead it is modern reality. Outdoor lighting, climate control, power sources and even the alarm system will in future be largely controlled via machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions. According to a study by ABI Research on "Home Automation, Security and Monitoring", technology in the intelligently networked house will increase by 60 per cent by the year 2017. As part of an international competition, the "M2M Challenge" is encouraging developers and entrepreneurs from all over the world to submit innovative M2M applications and thereby get involved in the fast-growing machine-to-machine market.

Energy efficiency and security are key elements in the establishment of smart home systems. The aim is to network buildings automation, smart metering, household appliance automation and entertainment electronics through direct radio connections. Fault messages can be relayed to a mobile phone when the home owner is away. For young technology aficionados as well as for our ageing society, there will be a raft of new solutions in the domain of the smart home that will make life more agreeable.

In a broad-based initiative by the main sponsors Swisscom and Ericsson, working in collaboration with m2mapps and sponsors Telit and VARTA Microbattery, the M2M Challenge will be launched for the first time in 2012. m2m apps community members can submit their innovative solutions in five different categories - Energy and Smart Grid, Health, Mobility, Security and Entertainment Electronics & more. An international committee of experts will assess the submissions based on criteria such as market potential, level of technological innovation and the innovative use of the Internet. Solutions can be submitted up to 31 December 2012 to The finalists and winners of the competition will be announced at an official awards ceremony which will be held at the start of 2013. The winner will receive US$ 5,000 in cash. All finalists will also have an opportunity to present their solutions to a wider audience which will include representatives of companies and the media.

About m2mapps

m2m apps is an independent intelligence platform for the global machine-to-machine communication ecosystem. The goal of m2m apps is to provide clarity and promote business development in the M2M market. The platform serves as an invaluable source of information for decision makers needing or wanting to touch M2M from areas including industry, finance, sciences, public affairs - and anyone else who would like to learn more about how "the Internet of Things" will shape tomorrow's society.

m2m apps is a unique platform conceived to connect business needs to best-fit M2M solutions for the broadest range of application areas. Through powerful search capabilities, fine-tuned to support business case development as well as supplier selection and assessment for M2M projects; m2m apps users can search the knowledge base and create reports conveniently arranged by technologies, vertical industries, regions and detailed supplier data.

In the highly fragmented M2M market, product vendors and service providers are faced with a daunting task when it comes to effectively promoting their portfolio. m2m apps offers vendors in the global M2M ecosystem the opportunity to present themselves, their products and their services free of charge in a dedicated and professional environment. Additionally, the platform provides in-depth insight into M2M through regular, exclusive interviews with global M2M thought leaders and an analyst blog by Robin Duke-Woolley, Beecham Research CEO and M2M market analyst.

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About the M2M Challenge

Premiering in 2012, the M2M Challenge competition in innovation is looking to recognize new and revolutionary m2m apps in the categories of energy & smart grid, automotive & transport, security & surveillance, healthcare & wellness, and consumer electronics & more. Entries will be evaluated by an international panel of experts on criteria including innovative character, business potential, and usability. Developers and users are invited to join the competition and benefit from the unique networking opportunities and business generating potential. Innovative m2m apps must be submitted online at from July 9th to December 31st, 2012. The M2M Challenge is sponsored by Title Sponsors Swisscom and Ericsson. Other contributors include sponsors, Telit Wireless Solutions and VARTA Microbattery, with Beecham Research, ICT Cloud & BuildInG Taiwan, Cluster 55, Team C'te d'Azur, and Wearable Technologies making up the international partner network.

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