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Energy Savings across Verticals Using various M2M Technologies

Vivek Khemani
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Vivek Khemani
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In a dynamic global industry where communication is the key to growth, technology trends are inexorably moving towards increased networking, of connecting everything which can be connected. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology spells the future; linking people, systems, and devices in new and transforming ways.

Earlier, machines worked in a bubble; controlled, monitored and managed by human operators. With the increased use of automation and sensors, this not only became difficult, but also called for higher efficiency through the networking of these automata. Better networking leads to higher system efficiency and a greater situational awareness for the controller, who has more information available to him. Using M2M, data from devices (sensors for example) can be relayed through a network to a software application that can use this data.

The key components of an M2M system are a group of communication-enabled devices, a communication link between them and a central server, a database for the stored data and appropriate software interfaces for evaluation and monitoring.

The explosion of wireless networks across the world has made it far easier for M2M communication, in terms of power and speed. Communications enabled devices are projected to touch 50 billion devices by 2020. This creates an infinite array of possibilities for connectivity and innumerable applications for them.

A major focus in today’s post-Inconvenient Truth world is energy efficiency. Carbon-neutral and clean technologies are domains with extremely large capital and research funding. Clean tech is not a fad or an altruistic goal though. It makes business sense as well.

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