Tech Tips: M2N - what is it?

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You’ve probably heard the terms M2M technology or M2M solutions being
tossed around with increasing frequency over the last year or two. That’s
because these emerging technologies are quickly changing how many
Canadian companies are doing business.

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Tech Tips: M2N - what is it?

  1. 1. WHAT IS M2M? You’ve probably heard the terms M2M technology or M2M solutions being tossed around with increasing frequency over the last year or two. That’s because these emerging technologies are quickly changing how many Canadian companies are doing business. What is M2M? Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions connect devices to back-end IT systems to enable the collection and exchange of data. More basically, it lets machines talk to each other, sending information back and forth in real time, with little or no human intervention. How does it work? M2M-enabled devices use GSM/HSPA networks to send messages, keywords or commands to each other. These devices can then translate the message and perform a task. It also allows humans to remotely monitor devices from smartphones and other mobile equipment. Who’s using this technology? M2M technology can, and is, being used by • Retailers are improving services and different types of businesses and industries. increasing sales with mobile point-of-sale Here are a few examples: devices. • Hospitals and healthcare practitioners are • Utility companies are using smart meters using M2M solutions to monitor homecare to monitor actual usage without costly patients. site inspections. • Transportation companies are saving • Oil and gas companies are collecting money and reducing emissions using fleet well data remotely, from anywhere in tracking solutions. the world. What does it mean for your business? It means that the possibilities are endless. M2M technologies are helping businesses do more with less by improving business practices. Real-time information monitoring is helping companies deploy new security systems that keep employees safe. It’s also helping them launch new services, increase profitability and strengthen customer relationships. To learn more about Rogers M2M solutions visit www.rogers.com/m2m© Rogers Communications 2011 04/11

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