Cellular M2M Device Shipments for Industrial Automation Reach 760,000

Cellular M2M Device Shipments for Industrial Automation Reach 760,000

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the shipments of cellular M2M devices in industrial automation reached 760,000 worldwide in 2013. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.5%, shipments are expected to reach 2.1 million in 2018.

The market is served by a multitude of players with varying backgrounds. Eaton, Phoenix Contact, Advantech, and Kontron are major providers of industrial automation equipment and are also important vendors of products and solutions featuring embedded cellular connectivity.

Backbone network communication and remote monitoring are the two largest applications for cellular M2M connectivity within industrial automation. Remote service maintenance and diagnostics of machinery and industrial robots is a major application within factory automation, and real-time monitoring of remote facilities and equipment is one of the most common applications within process automation. High capacity LTE networks will further increase cellular adoption in industrial automation, even in control applications. However, connectivity requirements vary depending on the application, and cellular is part of a mix with other technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, WirelessHART, and ISA100.

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