The Internet of Things is here.
Formerly relegated to realms of science fiction, machine-to-machine (M2M) connections are proliferating and helping to create new business models and consumer experiences.
Machine-to-machine connections now cover much more than the delivery of smart energy or smart cars. Today, elaborate networks of sensors with direct M2M connections underpin connected health care, automotive telematics, manufacturing, transportation, intelligent vending machines and interactive digital billboards.
“The ’Internet of Things’ has arrived and continues to grow in order to meet specific industry requirements. According to various industry estimates, the number or ‘things’ connected to the Internet will reach as many as 50 billion connected devices by 2020,’’ said David Small, chief platform officer for Verizon Enterprise Solutions in a February 4, 2012, guest column published in Forbes “Enterprise Technology: 5 Trends To Watch For 2013.’
The power to collect, store and analyze overwhelming volumes of data – driven by advanced M2M technologies, 4G LTE and the cloud – will give organizations the ability to obtain insights, make speedier decisions and in some cases change consumer behavior.
Business are paying attention and asking hard questions: Will it help me be more productive? How will I know which kind of solution is right for our business? How can I plan for a successful implementation? What about managing it going forward?
Responding to these questions, Verizon works with customers to implement M2M strategies. This month the company is kicking off its Connected Technology Tour in more than 20 cities to give customers an opportunity to experience the innovative technologies that are enabling M2M solutions – connected devices, cloud services, fleet management, the M2M Management Center, professional services and the ecosystem that is fueling M2M today.
Verizon will be discussing the latest M2M innovations and offering educational sessions on how M2M can impact their business and feature live demonstrations including the VGo telepresence robot and Lowe’s Iris home automation system.
Learn more and request an invitation to attend at http://ctt.vzwtechnologies.com/m2mtour