Smart machines. Smart homes. Smart cities. This is not a trailer from a futuristic sci-fi movie. This is the reality of today’s M2M (machine-to-machine) world. Connected cars, home automation and mobile health are just a few of the M2M applications that drastically improve our day-to-day communications.

What’s new in the M2M industry and where is Iridium in the big scheme of things? Learn more from David Wigglesworth, Vice President & General Manager, Americas & Global M2M Services at Iridium, who was a key speaker at M2M World Congress in London on Apr 24-25. The conference is the leading event for M2M solutions for automotive, healthcare, asset and fleet management, manufacturing and security. Here is what Mr. Wigglesworth shared in an exclusive interview for iridium360.com.

Mr. Wigglesworth, you attended the M2M World Congress in London on Apr 24-25. Can you tell us what trends you discussed and how they will affect the M2M realm?

This event generates higher interest and attendance each year. I think that the M2M market is really starting to pick up this year with new entrants and more industry giants such as Cisco, Intel, SAP and IBM seeking to explore M2M opportunities. What this means to M2M is that assets that were previously “outside” of the corporate infrastructure will become integrated into the core information systems with which companies operate their business. While stand-alone systems will continue to exist, fully integrated end-to-end solutions will become the norm and the cost for their implementation will be driven down, allowing the M2M market to expand even further.

What is the role of Iridium in the future of asset tracking and fleet management?

Iridium is the only truly global provider of M2M service. We provide M2M service to fleet assets in a number of markets including aviation, maritime, transportation and heavy equipment. Those markets use Iridium because they need coverage in areas not serviced by cellular operators. Iridium provides an alternative of M2M solutions for 90% of the Earth not serviced by terrestrial networks.

You were one of the panelists in the session “Meet The Experts – Exploring M2M Forecasts for 2014-2015.” Can you share with us some of the highlights of this discussion?

An interesting discussion on the panel was which market, that has very low or no penetration today, will rapidly adopt M2M in the future. Our forecast is that this market is agriculture. Water resources management has become critical in a number of regions around the world because of scarcity of supply or pollution and contamination. Water has traditionally being thought of as free and unlimited. That is no longer the case, and I foresee that M2M will play a key role in utilizing water resources for agricultural purposes more efficiently.

There are lots of reasons why you might want to track something when it’s not in a populated area. What would you track in the ocean, in the desert or in the sky? Where do you see the future of M2M? What fields would need M2M applications the most – nature conservation, health care, military or something else? Share your ideas with us here.