When machines talk, smart companies listen. M2M, or machine-to-machine communication, is fast becoming a market-changing force for a wide spectrum of entrepreneurial businesses. Since launching its Emerging Solutions Group in October 2009, Sprint (NYSE: S) has worked with solutions partners to help a growing number of businesses serve customers – and in some cases outflank their competitors – with M2M innovation.
M2M is about connecting people, devices and systems in new and transforming ways.
With M2M, devices “talk” to each other over wired or wireless connections and share data without direct human intervention. In this way, devices as diverse as utility meters, signboards, cameras, remote sensors, laptops, appliances and other consumer devices can be connected to support a variety new uses and achieve increased efficiencies.
“M2M is shattering conventional notions about what a business can deliver for its customers,” said Danny Bowman, president-Sprint Integrated Solutions Group. “Business opportunities that were once technically infeasible or too capital-intensive are now both doable and profitable in a short period of time. Sprint’s early entry as a provider of comprehensive M2M solutions is already producing results for businesses and their customers, including ingenious applications that make life safer, more productive and more entertaining.”