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Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication has been in existence in some form or another for a long time, but many of the recent innovations in this field revolve around mobile technology.
Devices that were previously operating offline can now be connected using a wireless networking module, opening up new use cases and, with it, new business models and opportunities.
Manufacturers can now include Web-enabled features by bundling their products with built-in networking capabilities, making Internet connections that much easier. For example, a blood pressure machine for use at home can be connected online so it can send the patient's medical information to an online Health portal for better management, a SingTel spokesperson noted.
The Singapore telco is one that is capitalizing on the new opportunities provided by M2M by offering a M2M portal, enabling companies deploying M2M to manage the SIM cards in areas such as activation and data transfer and troubleshooting functionalities. Besides SIM control platform, SingTel also provides M2M solutions that enable energy management for Green buildings, Surveillance solutions for secuirty and more.
ZDNet Asia also spoke to other tech vendors to see how M2M communication is becoming a reality, and the different ways the technology is being used in real-life applications.
Through the use of a SIM card, SingTel also provides connectivity to closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) which are mounted at locations without fixed Internet connection.
This means video footage from these devices can be streamed back to the main system, the spokesperson said. If the mobile network is congested, users can adjust the video bitrate accordingly to ensure continuous streaming. The low bitrate images can later be enhanced for clearer viewing, he noted.