According to a survey carried out by IDC’s ‘Annual Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) WAN Managers Study 2013 Survey’ , Kenya has been recognized for adopting the M2M communication in companies early. This was after half of the correspondents across the continent were questioned. M2M is a technology  allows both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same type.

From the survey, 27% of the managers are set to use M2M technology for the next three years for cloud computing, video conferencing and unified communications. The report also shows that the mode of communication has been adopted in various vertical sectors to help companies embrace global trends of technologies.

The survey found those service providers’ support capabilities for devices, applications and networks are vital to Kenyan companies using M2M communication to increase cross border trade between Kenya with other East African countries and encourage  faster delivery of feedback from one point to another.

Another advantage,it is used in industrial instrumentation when comprising a device such as a sensor or meter to capture an event that is passed through a wireless, wired or hybrid network to an application software that changes the captured event into meaningful information.

“Implementing this technology for Kenyan companies will be difficult due to lack of in house capabilities and inability to offer a full-fledged M2M from service providers,” says the report.

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