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Internet of Things is 'Caliente'

October 17, 2014

The Internet of Things continues to proliferate, bringing new efficiencies and opportunities to deliver value-added services to organizations in a cornucopia of business verticals worldwide. The number of M2M connections is expected to reach 7.3 billion by 2018 – about the same number as there are people on Earth, Cisco reports in its most recent Visual Networking Index.

Machine-to-machine technology leverages data collection and analysis from sensors to, for example, enable a company to lower losses relative to spoiled or stolen assets; and increase productivity by preventing or remotely troubleshooting equipment maintenance issues. M2M also allows for less waste of important resources. In Latin America specifically, energy is saved in places like the Águas de São Pedro digital city project in São Paolo, Brazil; or water in the River Zújar area of Badajoz in Spain; and even of trees in the Amazon Rain Forest are saved. 

Speaking of Brazil, the cellular M2M market in Latin America is booming, according to new data put out last month by Market Reports Store, growing from $4.6 billion this year to $8.2 billion by the end of 2019. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico will account for 81 percent of total M2M connections in Latin America this year.

Claro/Telcel and Movistar/Vivo are among the companies that already have made their marks as M2M mobile operators in this region. 

Telefonica is another company making its market in the Hispanic world – in this case in Spain.

The company offers the Telefonica Global M2M Managed Connectivity service, which includes value-added services, operations and technical support, and end-to-end service and communication management. Telefonica’s M2M Innovation Centre, meanwhile, certifies new devices, develops features, and optimizes applications.

Among the M2M clients of Telefonica is ABB. The company sells automation and power technologies that enable utility and industry customers improve performance and lower their environmental impact. It’s leveraging M2M, Neptune Remote Reading Registers, and its own technology to allow for automated and remote control of irrigation in the River Zújar area of Badajoz. That allows for lower water use, and savings – because water meter readings can be done remotely and the system can trigger watering at night when it’s less expensive. The new system saves 47 hm3 per annum, which Telefonica says is equivalent to two-thirds of the consumption of the entire region of Extremadura or five times that of the city of Badajoz.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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