Value Chain Awards
The Value Chain Awards honor the most successful corporate adopters of M2M technology and the team of solution providers that made their success possible. The awards highlight the process of combining multiple technologies such as device-connectivity hardware, radio modules, network service and provision, as well as application software and infrastructure, and show how all of the elements of the M2M value chain created a winning solution for the end customer.
Colombia’s largest energy utility reduced the average interruption period during power failures by 16% as a result of its M2M implementation, which focuses on remote control of circuit breakers and reclosures, which protect the energy distribution network and reestablish connection following a power failure.
Solution Providers: Synapsis; V2 Telecom; Siemens
Renewable Energy Systems
As one of the largest wind-energy companies in the world Renewable Energy Systems implemented a wireless data solution to remotely manage wind-monitoring equipment for data collection and analysis and estimates the cost of the modems was recovered in six months.
Solution Providers: AirLink Communications; Mobile Electron
Using M2M technology, Petrobras Distribuidora SA solved two issues that are absolutely central to its business model: billing all of its service stations based on dispenser displays, and tank-level monitoring and replenishment.
Solution Providers: Synapsis; V2 Telecom; Siemens
Ecast leveraged cellular wireless as a single-source solution that reduced installation and maintenance costs, improved profitability, and also boosted customer satisfaction for its more than 8,000 digital-broadband jukeboxes.
Solution Provider: AirLink Communications
Camelot Group PLC
Operating the U.K. National Lottery, Camelot Group launched the jackpot communicator, a wireless digital sign that displays jackpot levels for Lotto and EuroMillions in realtime, improving the speed and accuracy of updates and allows retailers to spend less time on point-of-sale administration.
Solution Providers: Comtech Holdings Ltd.; Wavecom SA
DTE Energy - Detroit Edison
DTE Energy generates and distributes electricity to 2.2 million customers in southeastern Michigan. Using M2M to monitor physical assets, Detroit Edison developed a solution across its 19-unit fossil fleet, creating a fleetwide performance Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Solution Providers: SmartSignal Corp.; OSIsoft; Engineering Consultants Group; Matrikon; NeuCo
An independent producer of oil and natural gas, Kelpetro uses M2M to know when its assets aren’t functioning properly; when and how much oil is removed from tanks; verify the accuracy of data collected by field personnel; and prevent vandalism of its tanks.
Solution Provider: Moblize
A bottler for The Coca-Cola Co in Mexico, Bepensa uses an M2M wireless vending solution to streamline operations. Early results saw overall sales increase 7% compared to zero growth in the rest of Bepensa’s machines.
Solution Providers: Numerex; Cantaloupe Systems
A multibillion-dollar grocery chain, WaWa uses M2M on more than a dozen types of physical assets. The technology is also used for energy management, enabling Wawa to understand individual store energy consumption, reduce overall cost, and benchmark energy performance at each store location.
Solution Providers: Tridium; HVAC Concepts
VeriFone Holdings, Inc.
Manufacturing electronic payment equipment, VeriFone introduced its smallest all-in-one wireless payment system for payment processing at restaurant tables using debit cards featuring Wi-Fi, DSL, CDMA, and GPRS capabilities, using machine-to-machine technology to deliver speed, security, and mobility for its customers.
Solution Provider: Connect One
The energy-distribution company migrated its largest commercial and industrial customers to an automated meter-data management process. Chilectra implemented a cellular-based system that gave it access to meter information every 15 minutes along with tampering alarms.
Solution Providers: Compañía Americana de Multiservicios; Synapsis; V2 Telecom; Siemens
National Power Corporation
This state-owned utility implemented an M2M solution in which data from power meters and generators at customer locations is captured and sent to National Power. This enables clients to bid on an hourly basis and reduce total energy costs.
Solution Provider: Machine2Machine Interactive Intelligence
BP’s National Transportation Dept. operates a fleet of service vehicles. To monitor driver performance, the department installed onboard telemetry units that provide onboard diagnostics such as driver speed, seatbelt engagement, acceleration and deceleration rates, drive time, and idle time.
Solution Providers: Kyocera Wireless; Sapias
Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc.
To improve the productivity of technicians, Kirby-Smith implemented an M2M solution that remotely tracks vehicle location. By arming the company with this information, the technology enables Kirby-Smith to immediately dispatch service trucks for jobs that would otherwise have to wait until the next day.
Solution Providers: KORE Telematics; US Fleet Tracking Corp.
Pendum leverages M2M technology for AVSL (automatic vehicle security and location), providing second-by-second reporting of vehicle location and helping ensure driver safety. With more than 800 maintenance technicians and 70,000 ATMs served, Pendum reaps considerable value from this M2M security application.
Solution Providers: BSM Technologies; Aeris
Southwest Dealer Services
Providing car-protection products, service contracts, and other services to more than 500 vehicle dealerships in the U.S., Southwest Dealer Services set out to create a device that dealerships could sell directly to consumers for vehicle tracking. The end result, though, is even more ambitious.
Solution Providers: Numerex; Trimble
Jaguar Cars USA
The automaker recently rolled out JaguarWatch, an M2M vehicle-tracking solution featured in all model-year 2007 Jaguar cars sold in the U.S. The service combines satellite, cellular, and Internet technologies to enable drivers to monitor the location of their own vehicles via the Web.
Solution Providers: KORE Telematics; MicroTRAKgps; Enfora
Agfa Graphics offers a remote-diagnostic system named :IntellSyst for its print-production imaging systems, which is used in more than 3,000 customer sites and 10,000 devices in deployment. Agfa estimates the :IntellSyst program helps it remotely solve more than 95% of software problems and more than 40% of equipment problems.
Solution Provider: Questra Corporation
Viasys Healthcare Inc.
Using M2M technology, Viasys launched VCare Connect, a remote-service solution that has reduced field-service visits by 15%. VCare Connect is so successful, Viasys has rolled it out across three divisions and 15 product lines.
Solution Provider: Axeda Corporation
In 2006, ABB launched a service named ABB Remote Monitoring, which allows its robots to connect to enterprise systems using cellular-wireless technology. The service center says it receives around 1,000 calls per month, making the ability to resolve equipment problems extremely valuable.
Solution Providers: nPhase, a QUALCOMM business
In April 2006, VAL-CO introduced GrowTrac, a wireless monitoring system that connects multiple facilities and sites into a single Web application. It reports information about barn temperatures, equipment failure, energy use, and other factors that are critical to a grower’s operation.
Solution Providers: SensorLogic; ARCOM; Wavecom; T-Mobile
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Metropolitan Transportation Commission uses M2M in emergency highway call boxes so that stranded or endangered travelers can contact the nearest police department or state patrol for assistance. The boxes eliminate costly and time-consuming trenching required by landline call boxes, and scalable for upgrades by cellular carriers.
Solution Providers: Kyocera Wireless; Comarco Wireless Technologies