m2m Engineering - Research creates innovation
m2m Germany has been doing intensive research and development work for years and invests about 12% of its annual turnover in future technologies and applications every year. Are you interested in a cooperation with us? We always have an open ear for interesting cooperations and partnerships.
In addition to developing customer-specific products and applications, m2m Germany develops a small number of its own products and solutions, primarily based on Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and LoRa, as well as NB-IoT.
However, m2m Germany is also active in researching new technologies apart from specific products and applications. This is often done in cooperation with other companies and/or together with colleges and universities.
Only companies that show a special commitment to research and development are awarded the seal "Innovative through Research" by the Stifterverband. Especially for our documented, ZIM funded project: Development of a cloud system for inventory, localization, tracking and securing of inventory and persons in real time using modern Bluetooth Low Energy - components , we were awarded with the research seal of the Stifterverband. The project funded in 2014 and the resulting product, them2m Smart TAG, already received several awards in the following years. The Bluetooth Low Energy TAG won the IT Innovation Award 2015, the Telematics Award 2014 and the ITK Readers' Choice for the Product of the Year 2014.
In addition to the smart TAG, other products from our development forge have also received awards. Currently, we are pleased about the award of our LoRa/BLE TAG as the best product of LogiMAT2017.
Our research projects
A research project is currently underway together with the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts and another project of the BMBF funding measure as part of the "KMU-innovativ" funding priority - this project is being run in cooperation with universities and IT companies.
Research project with the TH Cologne
Development of a sensor- and cloud-based communication system for special integration into multi-chamber insulated containers for more efficient GDP-compliant process handling in the pharmaceutical industry (sensoKo)
As part of a two-year research project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) and ZIM, an innovative sensor and cloud-based communication system in the pharmaceutical industry, called sensoKo, was developed in cooperation with the TH Köln and m2m Germany.
The main objective was to continuously monitor the transport route of medicines subject to cold chain requirements along the entire supply chain up to delivery to pharmacies, taking GDP (Good Distribution Practice) into account, and to document this as automatically as possible. GDP stands for "Good Distribution Practice" and refers to guidelines for quality assurance of the distribution channel of medicinal products in order to ensure their integrity, quality and efficacy from the manufacturer to the end consumer.
The system to be developed was to replace the previously used data loggers, which not only take up a lot of space in the cooling chambers, but also have to be read out manually - a process that can be both time-consuming and inaccurate. Together with the TH Köln, we have succeeded in developing a transport container system consisting of several insulating chambers with different temperature ranges and integrated sensors. The transfer from one player in the supply chain to the next is documented by a scan using a smartphone app. The temperatures in the containers are continuously monitored in real time. The project also aimed to investigate the extent to which it is possible to intelligently analyze the collected measurement data based on artificial intelligence (AI) in order to detect anomalies, for example.
Research project with the FH Dortmund
Development of a low-infrastructure system for indoor location of objects and people with compatibility to current smartphone technology
In cooperation with the Department of Computer Science at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, m2m Germany will develop a low-infrastructure indoor tracking system. The parameters "temperature and impact load", which are relevant for the logistics chain in many industries, are to be measured and documented. The system is unique and innovative due to its operation with little or no infrastructure. Compatibility with current smartphone and tablet technology enables operation with a minimum number of permanently installed gateways. In the future, smartphones and tablets can also take over the task of transmitting data to a (local) network. m2m Germany will develop and provide the hardware components (TAG) in this development project. Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts is responsible for the software and thus the processing of the data for localizing and tracking the "intelligent" objects.
Research project with the University of Darmstadt, University of Cologne and SME companies
Development of an exergaming system for testing MIT concepts using the example of Parkinson's disease (PDExergames)
The aim is to support patients whose motor skills are limited, e.g. due to a stroke or diseases such as Parkinson's, during rehabilitation. For example, sensors can record the exact movements and deficits can be treated and trained in a more targeted manner than in conventional therapies. The research project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is scheduled to run until 2020.