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M2M

What is M2M

M2M stands for Machine 2 Machine. M2M is the ability of machines, assets and devices to exchange information with people, a business or an enterprise. M2M enhances operations to reduce costs, increase revenue, provides a much more efficient service organization etc.

The potential for wireless M2M solutions is limitless. By connecting machines, companies can improve control and access over machines and other assets, they can also track and monitor a machine or environment over the entire lifespan of that machine or customer.

M2M applications are often referred as wireless but can also operate through the LAN’s Internet, leased lines or the telephone network. M2M can be used for both fixed and mobile objects.
Wireless-Fixed M2M (telemetry) applications include the monitoring and control of alarm systems, industrial processes, electronic payment terminals, vending machines and meter reading (gas, water, electricity, etc.). Also included is service and maintenance in areas such as lifts, escalators, vending machines and point-of-sale equipment.

Wireless-Mobile M2M (telematics) applications include fleet and freight management solutions such as cargo tacking, route planning, order management, and logistics for road, rail, air and sea. Also included in this category are auto telematics with driver navigation, safety, vehicle diagnostics, car security, mobility services, and traffic information.
The M2M communication begins with obtaining data from a machine or device into a collection device or technology. The way to do this can be any communication method like:

  • I/O signals (Analog, digital inputs / outputs etc)
  • Communication protocols
    • Serial based protocols (RS232, RS485) like Modbus, DF1 etc
    • Ethernet based protocols like Modbus TCP, Profinet etc.
    • Fieldbus networks like Profibus, CAN, Devicenet, LonWorks etc

Once the information is obtained it can be sent over some network to reach a central server. This is typically the GSM/GPRS network, Telephone network (PSTN), Satellite or the Internet. The data can be transferred as real-time data or be stored locally in the collecting device to be sent later on. This is suitable if the application is not time critical and to reduce cost for sending data. The application can often be programmed to send complete data on a time scheduled basis or anytime upon request from the central server.

When the data is sent to the central server it is possible to do any kind of user application ir integration to existing systems. Examples of central server applications are:

  • Web portal to monitor and control data
  • Integration to business administration systems
  • Alarm forwarding to mobile phones
  • Data logging for trending learning about behavior how equipment is used
  • Integration to GPS system to track devices

Remote Device Management Solution

With our solution you can network-enable your devices anywhere in the world and integrate them into the enterprise.
At anytime you can access critical information about operational status, diagnostics, service requirements, alarms etc.
Or just simply monitor and control your devices and automation processes easy, secure and fast from your office, hotel room or at any location of your choice.

Overview of Remote Device Management Solution


What can you actually do?

  • Monitor and control devices or complete automation processes
  • Get operational status and diagnostics
  • Eliminate unnecessary service calls and site visits
  • Increase profit by reducing operational and service costs and offering add-on service contracts
  • Integrate with a web portal for your service organization and/or your customers
  • Integrate into your business administration tools
  • Increase uptime of your devices and systems
  • Trend and productivity reports in real time
  • Forecast product life cycles 
  • Positioning systems (GPS)
  • Increase efficiency in the service organization by providing faster and better service to your customers


What are the technical and conceptual benefits?

  • Scalable from a few devices up to thousands of devices
  • Secure and reliable transmissions of data
  • Takes advantage of existing infrastructure (GSM/GPRS, Internet, PSTN etc) 
  • Get location independent and access your devices from anywhere 
  • Open and interoperable communication interfaces 
  • Handles automatically traditional technical problems such as firewalls, modem pools, GPRS communication etc

 

 

 


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