Worldwide M2M

7/10/2012

M2M (machine-to-machine) technology is the biggest opportunity facing Planet Earth during the next 20 years. This is according to Chris Rezendes, president of INEX Advisors, www.inexadvisors.com, which aims to help guide businesses toward a connected world. Notably, Rezendes does not make this claim for North America, Europe, Asia, or any other particular region, but for the planet as a whole.

A new partnership to develop M2M solutions for multiple vertical markets in Saudi Arabia illustrates this point. This week, Pacific Control Systems, www.pacificcontrols.net, a global provider of ICT (information and communications technology)-enabled automation and control solutions, announced a five-year agreement with telecommunications company Mobily, www.mobily.com.sa, to offer energy-management solutions in Saudi Arabia.

Pacific Control Systems typically works in three M2M segments: managed facility automation and infrastructure, remote monitoring and management, and managed energy services. The company has experience providing technology to centrally manage buildings and infrastructure, therefore helping customers increase sustainability and cut operational costs.


Together, the two companies will target vertical markets such as energy and utilities, healthcare, and retail with M2M-enabled energy-management services, which will include energy analysis, carbon-footprint reduction, measurement and verification, and fault detection and diagnostics. The solutions will harness Mobily’s telecommunication infrastructure and broadband network capabilities.  

The agreement will also include a “Command and Control Centre” for the M2M platform, which will be based in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The goal of the center is to set the area up as a contender and world leader in energy-management services.

The benefits of applying M2M for maximum operational efficiency is not limited by geographic boundaries, but rather, it is one way to continually derive business value through gathering quality data. As leading technology providers work to leverage their infrastructure and expertise for overall industry growth, pie-in-the-sky growth forecasts for M2M in the enterprise may yet become reality.




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