Showing posts with label Reference Cases. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reference Cases. Show all posts

Jul 2, 2017

IDEAthons – connecting IoT ideas, execution and funding

As new technologies become commonplace, there is a case for exploring new value creation opportunities in the realm of application ideas. Put differently, should the ever-popular hackathon give way to a new type of event – the ideathon? This notion cropped up when I attended my first ever ideathon to explore innovative service and business model opportunities in the IoT and intelligent
transport solutions markets.

The intent of an ideathon is to bring together individuals from different organizations to form small teams that work through new ideas. Teams don’t just focus on technology; they consider factors such as drivers of demand, the value proposition, the service delivery business model and its economics.

The event I attended included a mix of entrepreneurs, public-sector representatives and technologists who were exploring new ideas, building on the oneTRANSPORT regional intelligent transport system trial [1] and the Transport Data Initiative [2].

Jul 14, 2013

M2M Acquisitions and the Price of Growth

The topic of acquisitions in the M2M market has featured in several company announcements and several of my discussions with industry players. In late June Avista Capital Partners completed its $253m acquisition of Telular Corporation, an M2M event monitoring and reporting service provider.

During the month of May, the CEO of Sierra Wireless was quizzed about his company’s acquisition intentions by financial analysts at a Global TMT Conference organised by Jefferies, an investment bank. Following its divestiture of a non-core business unit to focus on M2M, Sierra Wireless holds about $160m on its balance sheet. Of this, about $100m is being earmarked for M&A initiatives. So, what are some of the considerations that will determine how these funds might be deployed?

Apr 23, 2013

M2M service provider metrics

This note is part of my occasional series dealing with business metrics for the M2M sector. On this occasion I examine a few operational benchmarks for an M2M service provider. In this case, I have drawn on data for Numerex in the US which is one of a few publicly quoted entities in the M2M market.

Numerex was established in 1992 and has focused on wireless connectivity since 1999 after divesting its wire line business to BT. The company recently passed the 2m connections milestone during Q1-2013. While this connections base is small in relation to the M2M business units of the large mobile operators (many of which fall in roughly the 5–10m range) it serves as a useful reference point for business planning, performance benchmarking and investor due diligence insights. These are highly topical in the present climate where companies are expanding their M2M operations; this earlier post on building a billion dollar M2M business, for example, has been the most read item on this site in recent months.

Nov 26, 2012

Finance as a Telco M2M offering

The role of telecommunications service providers in the M2M market is typically associated with the provision of wide-area data connectivity. This narrow perspective ignores the other capabilities - technical and non-technical - that service providers can bring to bear in new application scenarios.

In November 2012, Telefónica announced a cooperation agreement with Generali Seguros in Spain to pilot a new, automobile insurance service. The service will allow users to pay for their car insurance policy based on how they drive. The service will also provide information about how users can drive responsibly and tips to improve their driving habits. The overall service concept is not new; it has parallels with an offering such as 'In Drive' which is available in the USA from State Farm Insurance and Verizon's recently acquired subsidiary, Hughes Telematics.

However, what is interesting in the Spanish case is the three-party business model that Telefónica has put in place to capture a share of the wider commercial potential of this new service.

Nov 13, 2012

Vodafone and its M2M strategy

In Vodafone's H2-2012 financial results presentation, its CEO outlined Vodafone's 2015 strategy including a reference to its M2M goals. In particular, Vodafone's M2M business unit will be a part of its Group-wide Enterprise unit. This raises important questions about Vodafone's longer term goals especially in the light of a growing consumer M2M market and the reorganisation plans of several of its competitors.

Oct 12, 2012

Mobile operator business models are going 'Digital'

Business model innovation is all about implementing the right delivery model to address a new business opportunity or to counter a competitive threat.

In this context, the 'right' delivery model involves a mix of elements as described in an earlier post. This multi-element approach is especially important when considering new areas of opportunity. The reason for this is that while marginal changes in the pricing element or re-packaging of an existing offering may provide temporary market respite they are unlikely to be competitive in the long run. Enduring innovation requires several inter-dependent elements of the business model to be reconfigured.

Over the last couple of years, connected devices have opened up many new application and service opportunities in non-mobile markets; think of eReaders, smart meters, connected health devices and digital photo frames. As a result, mobile operators and organizations in markets adjacent to mobile are altering their business strategies to address these opportunities.