Machine-to-Machine communication (M2M) and Machine-to-Human communication (M2H) have been discussed and many solutions have been presented the last years. Many actors also make references to the statement/vision by Ericsson about 50 billion mobile devices.

At Wireless@kth, M2M and M2H aspects have been addressed in projects dealing with sensor networks, NFC technology and mobile payments. M2M solutions for energy applications were also discussed in the MBB++ project 2011 where KTH and Elforsk[1] did a joint pre-study on smart grid solutions and services. Currently Communication systems department also participates in a pre-study on Business models for Internet of things together with Marketing Technology Center (MTC)[2] and Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). The funding for this pre-study is provided by the Swedish Internet Fund and .SE[3]

However, we believe that there is a knowledge gap at Wireless@kth in the area of M2M technology and services with two types of needs.

  • To look deeper into technical aspects of M2M including architectures, algorithm and protocols in order to understand scalability and affordability aspects and how existing mobile communication systems can be used – or not.
  • In addition there is a need to link the technical solutions to services and business aspects in order to evaluate the technical requirements and performance in an overall service and business model context.

In the M2M Research gap project we will “set the scene” for further research in the M2M area and the main objectives are to:

  • Identify research gaps in both the technology and techno-economical domains
  • Make preparations for submissions of larger research project applications
[1] Elforsk AB is jointly owned by Swedenergy and Svenska Kraftnät (the Swedish national grid operator). Its overall aim is to rationalise sector wide research and development. Activities are divided into six programme areas: Hydro Power, Electricity and Heat Generation, Nuclear Power, Transmission and Distribution, End Use, and Strategies and Systems.
[2] The Foundation Marketing Technology Center, MTC, promotes value-creating interaction and learning between business and research in the areas of market, service development and business enterprising.
[3] SE contributes to the positive development of the Internet pursuant to the Foundation’s charter, the Internet Fund. The surplus income from domain-name registrations goes toward the financing of projects that promote the development of the Internet in Sweden.


KTH contact: Jan Markendahl
Partners: Ericsson, TeliaSonera
Funding: Wireless@kth
Project website: http://wireless.kth.se/m2m/

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