M2M/IoTM2M (Machine to Machine)/IoT (Internet of Things) technology was created to streamline the way data is collected from devices and incorporated into IT systems, without human intervention.
First of all we need to address what IoT and M2M actually means today. M2M or Machine to Machine, is where machines connect to each other using a network to share data, such as robotics, sensors or appliances – anything that can send and receive data through one or two-way communication.
IoT or Internet of Things, is the next step up from M2M, where by a larger eco-system of devices exchange data over a network and can connect anything. This data can be monitored and controlled using a platform allowing for businesses to closely monitor their ‘things’ to work efficiently, saving time and money. So, to put it simply, IoT is a network of everyday devices that are connected to the internet.
The purpose of IoT is to make our processes more accurate and efficient, allowing us to automate almost any process and eradicate the need for human interaction. M2M is being utilised across almost every industry in order to improve the accuracy and productivity of business.
Kuiper support all industry sectors and will endeavour to find a solution that will work for you. We look to build a bespoke end-to-end solution for all of your IoT applications, that can be managed either by us, or by yourselves through our Mobile Manager portal.
Here are some great examples for where M2M and IoT can be used:
Transport and Logistics
Used to monitor driver behaviour, fleet management and diagnostics. As long as you have the appropriate tools, a M2M / IoT Sim can use send / receive data to track, trace and monitor, sending alerts back to HQ. Trams, buses and trains for example can be tracked, arrival times are accurately estimated and advertised, factoring in potential delays. CCTV as well reaps the benefits, as ability to log into the cameras to download relevant footage, Wi-Fi, secure card payments, passenger trackers, applications for tracking hours worked, petrol levels and miles travelled.
Energy and Utilities
Energy companies have devices located remotely across the nation, these could include gas and water metering, which require continuous monitoring but are potentially in hard to reach places such as underground or in hazardous environments. Smart metering is a huge area of growth that is providing the tracking of any measurable parameter available on a machine, in a room or an outdoor environment.
Patients and key workers can now have the benefit of real-time monitoring through smart devices. Medical professionals are adopting new ways to treat patients and avoid unnecessary in-person treatments, and IoT devices have helped make this possible. Smart thermometers have been used to measure temperatures, and wearable IoT devices are used to track patients’ vital signs. Smartwatches and heart rate monitors gather data that can be remotely analysed by a physician.
Reliability and uptime is key, so the demand for secure Wi-Fi connections and resilient failover and backup solutions are paramount. Payments, ordering and CCTV are seamless. With an IoT solution, retailers can monitor trends and behaviour. They can also connect with inventory management systems, back-end pricing systems, loyalty programmes and so much more. Before handheld devices, staff had to write down orders and take them back to a centralised terminal or stand behind them to fulfil orders. PoS systems allow staff to spend more time with customers to improve their experience. They allow staff to promote new menus and link loyalty accounts to keep customers coming back for more.