Cellular M2M Technology – How Does It Benefit Business?

Businesses have started recognizing the benefit of M2M cellular modem technology in workplaces and enterprises, as a tool to increase productivity and quickly modify information in real-time. Many of these advantages have been explored in a variety of industries due to its price for performance capabilities, some are still being developed. Nova Communications has branched into the technology as well, because we understand the impact these developments will have in the future, and have had great success in doing so.

The technology has expanded greatly in the last five years, with some of its advances driven by the need for solutions across a range of industries. As a result of the technology, data is in constant exchange across networks – 24 hours a day, often with no human intervention.

What is M2M?

Simply put, M2M stands for machine-to-machine – which is intelligent workplace solutions allowing workers and data to be productive in both fixed and mobile locations, using a cellular modem. It allows direct connection between devices, whether it be wired or wireless, and real-time monitoring and modifying of the data and details it takes to run a business.

Some industries that have taken advantage of these systems include oil and gas, transportation, health care, government and utilities.

Below, we will take a look at some known types of M2M systems, along with three important ones to watch for as the technology develops, and becomes better known.

Common Uses Today:

  1. Field Service / Delivery – Users of these handheld devices do not have to rely on wired data connections to utilize the technology. They are used by our own technicians to facilitate on-site repairs, but also everyday by the delivery driver of your local freight or packages. Picture the portable handheld machine you sign for delivery – that’s M2M!
  2. Remote Monitoring – Productivity is increased and unexpected outages, for example, can be quickly dealt with remotely with this technology. Public utilities use this software to have meters communicate its recorded data (temperature, levels etc.) to software that can use it to adjust processes as necessary. Also common with vending services to replenish inventory orders.
  3. GPS Tracking – A proven technology for both workplace tracking vehicles, assets and people, along with huge benefits in transportation.
  4. Mobile computing ­– Emergency services personnel have used the service with its laptop stations for years because of its ability to instantly change records and information. It enables quick access to important information such as criminal records in the police service, along with medical history for paramedics and firefighters. Real-time uploads of newly added information and changes occur on these records, rather than having the information stored on individual computers and backed up later.
  5. Back-up Networks ­– A number of enterprises need to rely on their network not going down. Using cellular modems as a back-up network ensures that, should the wired network go down, there is wireless redundancy and alternatives to cover the need for continued connections.

What to Watch For as M2M Develops:

  1. Digital Signage – A new means of advertising as the technology develops. Real-time updates and location-based information can be updated from a central, remote location. With these abilities, there are targeted advertisement options and information displays at various locations. Advertisers are able to display different messaging based on time of day, day of week etc.
  2. Building Management – There are vast advantages to M2M in building management, including monitoring increasingly automated buildings and its energy management, security, equipment and controls. Other benefits? Analytics abilities for pinpointing issues within a building and, in some cases addressing them remotely, and central control, which protects data in a central command centre.
  3. Smart Grid Technology – These systems are helping energy and utility companies meet the demands of the consumer and the concern over climate change, increasing prices, and the need for sustainable energy sources. Homeowners are able to manage their consumption with real-time consumption visibility and billing data. The companies also benefit from better operational efficiency, resulting in fewer service calls and reducing labour costs.

Connectivity is an increasingly important value for enterprises. In a lot of cases, a number of enterprises have one central command location or headquarters, and various hubs and locations throughout their region, or even the world. M2M has enabled a broad scope of connectivity across geographically dispersed locations, devices and networks. Depending on the industry, there is a myriad of opportunities and growth that can stem from the use of the technology.

The advantages of these systems can vary, depending on the customer, but Nova Communications has in-depth experience working with implementing systems that work best for industry demands. Some M2M experience we have includes windfarms, GPS tracking, digital signage, WiFi infrastructure on buses and back-up networks. Our knowledge does not end there. With the expertise and technical partners behind Nova Communications, we have the track record to have successfully completed these types of systems from Newfoundland to British Columbia.

Contact us here at Nova Communications to discuss your operational potential with this technology – we are happy to speak to how M2M can benefit your organization.

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