Seems that this is an area that has a lot of potential. I read an article earlier in the week in the WSJ about how the tough economy was causing more theft with vending machines. At least one own had installed devices that would page him when his machines were opened, enabling him to catch several thieves. Some of the theives were actually his own employees.
I think the key is to simplify deployments and reduce the price to make it cost effective for more applications.
Thanks Greg. I agree with that assessment. M2M shall become more appealing to Service providers if a common service platform (via normalisation) is evolved i.e. simplified deployment. Another critical factor for success is linkage with existing business/IT processes in the SP domain...greater the synergy, more OPEX savings.