Smart grid: International M2M Council growing at 75 members a week

views trade association the International M2M Council (IMC) has added a Silicon Valley machine to machine solutions company to its membership and board of governors.

Aeris Communications, which offers M2M services to utilities, joins the IMC’s membership base, which has grown to more than 4,000 companies since the council’s launch in February this year.

Aeris joins 16 other companies on the IMC Board, including Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, and Verizon.

Commenting on the acquisition, Keith Kreisher, executive director at IMC, said: “Aeris provides cellular connectivity and software platforms that are specific to M2M applications, and is particularly active in the smart grid, automotive telematics and telemedicine sectors – all areas that the IMC has chosen to concentrate on.”

Syed Zaeem Hosain, founder and CTO at Aeris Communications, said: “We see the IMC as one of the few industry groups that truly supports enterprise users of M2M technology on a global scale.

“Joining the IMC enables us to extend beyond our North American roots, by working in conjunction with IMC’s Adopter Member communities from around the world in to assist us in honing our products and message.”

M2M association goals

The IMC’s stated mission is to increase the number of M2M communications technology driving the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.

The IMC has over 4,000 members across five continents from the vertical-market sectors of energy, logistics and healthcare – all of which are involved in some level of M2M/IoT implementation, said the council.

The IMC already draws on average 75 new members weekly and plans to recruit associates in additional vertical markets, including building and construction, and smart cities.

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