The evolution of the Internet of Things and M2M solutions are promising a wealth of strategic benefits for organisations across the globe. But what’s in it for consumers? How can we, the general public, benefit from this revolutionary technology?
One answer is the introduction of Connected Cars!
Local Authorities are buzzing with excitement about how vehicle telematics can help with their ‘Smart City’ plans, but there are also benefits for the average car driver. Let’s take a look.
With Local Authorities starting to build Smart Cities, the data produced by your Connected Car could help monitor congestion patterns, which will feed into congestion reducing plans for the future. If you don’t want to share your data with your local council, then you could take advantage of a crowd-sourced solution, such as those provided by Clearview Traffic Group. These solutions assist drivers with journey-planning, helping them to avoid traffic jams and accident sites, and helping them to find a parking space.
Vehicle Insurance “black boxes” are becoming increasingly commonplace, but the benefits far outreach a simple reduction of car insurance premiums. Vehicle Telematics company, Drivenlower, produce devices that utilise 2-way voice communication to assist drivers in the event of an accident, ensuring help is deployed as quickly as possible.
Did you know that in Europe alone, over 1.2 million cars are stolen every year? That’s an astonishing 3,288 cars per day. In the event of a theft, drivers can be left feeling helpless whilst the police endeavour to find their vehicle. TracknStop provides a solution which helps reduce the occurrence of vehicle thefts and enables consumers to work with the appropriate authorities if their car is stolen. The device can be retrofitted into any vehicle and gives owners the ability to remotely track, safely disable, and retrieve the car should it be stolen.
So there you see. The Internet of Things does promise great things for consumers as well as businesses.
For communications resellers looking to provide such benefits to customers across the UK, wholesale communications provider, Zest4, have recently formed a partnership with M2M experts, Arkessa. This partnerships enables Zest4 to offer reseller partners complete M2M solutions including expert knowledge, optimised tariffs and competitive commercials. In addition, resellers can benefit from Zest4’s unrivalled service levels and dedicated commercial and technical support.
For more information on M2M solutions from Zest4, call 0161 956 3355 or visit http://www.zest4.com/machine-to-machine.php.
For many workers for many years, flexible working was just a pipe-dream. But with the evolution of mobile technology and the creation of some very clever apps, flexible working is fast becoming a reality for more and more workers every day. In fact, a recent report by the Guardian stated that home workers accounted for 13.9% of all those in work in the UK during the first quarter of 2014 – the highest rate recorded since comparable records began.
Finally, employers are realising that the benefits of home and mobile working far outweigh the negatives. Employees relish the autonomy of managing their own workload and they save time and money by reducing the need to commute. And most importantly, their work-life balance is vastly improved and protected.
The thought of lost luggage is something that fills us all with dread and something that many travellers are unfortunately subjected to everyday. It’s not a great way to start a well-earned holiday but a staggering 24.1 million bags went missing in 2014 alone.
However, technology could come to the rescue and help to reduce this statistic dramatically.
A hot topic on everyone’s lips right now, the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a rapid pace. Connecting people, places and devices, the global M2M opportunity is huge with revenues expected to hit $20 billion by the end of 2015.