Car parking is just the starting point when it comes to taking advantage of M2Ms fast installation and low running costs. Authorisation for ticket can be completed within seconds with always on GPRS.
With higher value goods a realistic option Vending companies need to know what is going on in their estate at a moment’s notice. Stock management, remote diagnostics, the ability to update prices or even fraud detection can all be added to vending solutions.
Real time information is no more important in the metering and monitoring markets. The rise of remote data collection in Electricity, Water and Gas has been much talked about and now maybe realised. Flood prevention is one of the key sectors here where landlines may not just be a more expensive option but no option. In factories , lathes and other machinery are now being connected by short range wireless data networks such as Zigbee and Bluetooth. Control and usage information can be collected and new updates or product information downloaded. In the office. We increasingly hire the equipment around us- Photocopiers, air conditioning units and franking machines being the most obvious examples. Collecting usage information suddenly becomes easy. This in turns support accurate billing and timely maintenance. Suddenly by using Location Services you can keep track of your assets and their condition without having to implement expensive GPRS options. It can even mean turning them off if the customer doesn’t pay.
M2M can provide a back-up system in case the landline is cut. But the reality is that it could be cheaper to do away with the landline in the first place. Should the thief be sophisticated enough to jam any radio systems, GPRS units can even recognise that they are being jammed and send through emergency signals to your site. In addition we are seeing an increasing use of CCTV cameras sending data over GPRS. This could be as simple as a jpeg generated on the fly and sent by email to streaming video live using sophisticated compression techniques.
Keeping bus time tables up to date. City car park information. The accurate arrival time of your locksmith. Even text delivered coupons are all options that M2M can add to your business. And the medium doesn’t have to be just text. More and more companies are looking at how they can increase advertising revenue by controlling advertising remotely or even downloading content to transit sites, cab tops and public transport.