Positive environmental impact using M2M & telemetry
I became a little bit concerned recently whilst reading about the fear some people have of M2M & Telemetry... that it would invade their privacy or perhaps lead to dangerous situations. The thought of your freezer automatically ordering food isn't appealling for me either but as an industry professional with over 20 years experience I don't see this as being a viable target market (see Future Shock: M2M Gaining Ground).
M2M & telemetry are most beneficial when the machine is 'remote' and it saves someone having to do something. There are practical reasons to automate tasks and M2M solutions do exactly that - I don't consider my fridge to be 'remote' and I don't consider my weekly food shop to be something that needs to be automated. For more information regarding our wireless M2M options then please contact us.
Where I am seeing telemetry be successful is when it saves someone having to drive somewhere to do something. This could be to take a meter reading; to fill a vending machine; to check if a pump or a machine have tripped; or to fill up a chemical or fuel storage tank.
One example I have been involved with has seen a 25% reduction in the distance travelled by large road tankers (click here for more info). The financial benefits are obvious and this helps the western world remain competiive. The environmental benefits are often forgotten.
Investing in M2M & telemetry is a very green thing to do - in some industries there's nothing I can think of that would be greener. Sending drivers on courses to help them drive more efficiently; investing in vehicles that emit less CO2; switching off the engine when parked up.... can you ever see these all adding up to save as much pollution as 25% fewer miles? And can any of these contribute to positively to the bottom line..?
Go Green, Go M2M.!!!