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M2M – fasten your seat belt and get ready for a joy ride

Have you ever dreamed about having a personal chauffeur to drive you to the office in the morning so you can read your morning newspaper on your way? Well, your dream is almost here, thanks to Google! Google became the first company to get a license for driverless car, now you just get into the car, give your steering to technology, get out the morning paper and read. After few minutes you will be in front of your office and no worries about traffic, line change or a slow driver on the road!  All of this is possible only if you trust technology and are ready to pass your control to machine. All of this made possible by M2M (Machine-to-Machine) sensors.

The automotive industry is already utilizing cellular networks to provide a world class experience to the driver and passengers. 

Utility industry is another pioneer in M2M and information is carried to the central location from the remote M2M sensors. We started seeing intelligent vending machines which can place refill orders; provide driving directions for the service technicians. M2M enabled machineries like lifts; escalators can provide better data to the scheduling tools based on the usage, peak hours and maintenance schedules. Fleet management systems, manufacturing plants, agricultural farms are other areas where M2M plays a key role.  The following are some of other use cases today supporting millions of connected devices.

  • Remote meter readings and electronic transmission to the billing system
  • Monitor electrical transmission towers and outage
  • Truck planning and delivery
  • Patient monitoring and heart beat recording
  • Security system and video monitoring
  • On demand traffic and navigation services
  • Van sales and field force automation

In early 2000, an Italian washing machine company gave away the machines to consumers and charged them for the pay per load using wireless monitoring devices. Imagine the entire household equipment are provided free of charge to you and you pay for the usage based on the automated billing through your cellular network. Watching TV for 8 hours /day, using microwave for 2 hours, Refrigerator running at 3/4th load for 24 hours, etc. Think of the changes that M2M can bring in to the current business model. Instead of products you pay for services like in today’s cloud offering. You don’t buy a product, you buy a service. This would be a totally new paradigm shift which M2M can bring for personal and business machines.

It is a great opportunity to know more about this technology by attending a collaborative effort by SAP and SAPInsider which is coming up at Las Vegas in March. Don’t miss this combination of four events at one location – Logistics and SCM 2013, PLM 2013, Manufacturing 2013 and Procurement 2013.


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