Despite those obstacles, there are plenty of viable examples of companies that are making M2M real, and the Carbon War Room report offers six case study examples that could spark ideas. Here's one from three of the primary industries where M2M will play a revolutionary role:
Transportation (KORE Telematics and Navman Wireless) — KORE, which is currently the world's largest M2M wireless network provider, is providing the backbone for a Navman Wireless solution that has dramatically improved the way that a private bus company dispatches vehicles to transport more than 1,500 special-needs children to 200 different schools. The company realized an annual savings of $400,000, cut routing time in half and eliminated wasteful driving.
Built Environment (Jones Lang LaSalle and Pacific Controls) — The IntelliCommand solution created by the two company is a real estate portfolio monitoring and control system that provides detailed insight into performance of building systems. The technology is used to diagnose and fine-tune settings, and to optimize maintenance. The application generated 24 percent energy savings in just 11 months at one of the four pilot sites; the solution paid for itself in about six months.
Agriculture (John Deere i-Solutions) — The i-Solutions systems created by agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere include modules and technologies that automate seeding, and that automatically record and map harvesting data. The system includes GPS receivers that are accurate to 0.78 inches and monitoring devices. So far, the technology has been demonstrated to reduce fuel use by 15 percent, while helping improve crop yields by up to 50 percent.
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