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November 26, 2013

Webinar - Why Consumer-grade Wireless Devices Are Not Right for M2M

Connected devices are fueling the growth of machine to machine (M2M) technology, all the way from the consumer-facing Internet of Things (IoT) to the more rugged use cases with the Industrial Internet. When it comes to deciding to connect a product or wirelessly enable a solution, it’s important to think as a company, not as a consumer.

In a recent webinar, Multi-Tech (News - Alert) Systems, a provider of M2M communications solutions, recently covered why you can’t use consumer devices for industrial M2M use cases. Carl Ford, CEO of Crossfire Media, moderated the webinar, and offered some insight on differentiating between consumer and more rugged M2M devices.

First and foremost, the specifications for consumer products are not in line with most outdoor conditions associated with M2M conditions. M2M technology such as vending machines, kiosks, remote monitoring and fleet management are designed for very controlled environments where human beings are. On the other hand, there is a huge opportunity for M2M in more robust environments, where humans aren’t. Consumer devices are designed for conditions that are not similar for industrial M2M environments, which usually feature extreme temperatures, vibrations and consumer devices also differ in pricing models from machine applications. They are usually more difficult to buy in bulk and get proper distribution, and may not offer the same maintenance and support that an organization would need for mission-critical devices. “The pricing is designed for people who are downloading information rather than for people who are trying to upload machine information,” Ford explained.

Multi-Tech offers a variety of solutions that can optimize the M2M experience for manufacturers and businesses. From analog, cellular and network connectivity solutions for mainstream implementation and equipment manufacturers to embedded cellular deployment solutions and unified communications products, Multi-Tech has a solution that is right for a variety of needs.

The bottom line: If you’re looking for something that makes sense from a machine standpoint, don’t look at it from the eyes of a consumer.

You can listen to the archived version of the webinar to learn more about implementing M2M without a consumer view. 

Edited by Cassandra Tucker