What is Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
Put simply, M2M communications are made possible by a device (such as a sensor) that is attached to a machine to capture an event that is relayed over a network delivering data to applications. The intelligent sensors are embedded in a remote asset and capture events such as temperature, location, consumption, heart rate, stress levels, light, movement, altitude and speed. These sensors include a SIM card that is able to receive and transmit the event data wirelessly to a central server where an Application translates this data into meaningful information that can be analysed and acted upon e.g the temperature is too hot, turn temperature down.
Vodafone M2M Barometer Report 2015
Our latest report shows how an increased uptake of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things is driving business transformation around the world.
Vodafone brings together unrivalled capabilities – the world's largest mobile network, an outstanding customer experience and a long track record of success – which means our customers are confidently connected, receive unmatched services and customer experience and benefit from proven expertise.
For more than 20 years, Vodafone has connected M2M customers globally and is behind some of the world’s most prominent and successful M2M deployments, which include BMW and TomTom.
M2M enables customers to save time and money by optimising business processes. Cost saving remains one of the primary drivers for businesses to adopt M2M solutions today as the recovery of one misplaced diesel generator, for example, can cover the installation and running costs of an M2M tracking solution.
Here are some of the ways our customers are optimising their business with our M2M solutions:
- Remote monitoring and analytics reduce the cost of failure, minimise the need for ‘routine maintenance’ visits and problems can be fixed before they have an impact on the customer.
- Accurate information is delivered in real time, enabling quicker business decisions, less machine down-time and better production yield.
- Information can be collected automatically and systems maintained and repaired remotely so engineers and service staff can manage their time more effectively.
- Asset tracking enables theft recovery, theft prevention, status monitoring and inventory.
- Vodafone has saved at least £2 million annually on its UK energy bills through automated monitoring of energy consumption at its base stations with Bglobal.