Three Aspects of Automation You Might Have Missed

smart-home-cogAutomation continues to gradually make its way into the mainstream. For example, commercials depicting homeowners monitoring their home remotely, setting thermostats based on useage and programming lights and music is quite mainstream, showcasing some of the nifty every day uses of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

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The Benefit of M2M Gateways for Retail Petroleum

gas-pumpWhen customers stop to buy gas, their focus is typically making sure they have the fuel they need to get where they are going. As a secondary aim, they may also want to get their cars washed or stock up on cool beverages and hearty snacks. While these might seem like goals for the traveler, they require significant considerations from petroleum retailers. That is where a M2M gateway comes into play.

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Creating Better Cities With IoT/M2M Smarter Parking

parking-meterMost drivers are intimately familiar with the maddening experience of riding around a few square blocks endlessly, looking for a place to park. Particularly in urban centers, finding an empty space can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. How can IoT gateways and the growing M2M market change this?.

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Retailers Ramp Up for the IoT Gateway

refrigerator-applicationCan you picture walking into your kitchen after work and saying, "Refrigerator: Give me a recipe I can make with my current inventory of food"? What about, "Oven: Preheat to 350 degrees"? These are functions that modern technology makes possible, and that retailers hope to market soon.

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Plugging Financial Leaks With Building Automation

house-in-the-waterPicture this. One unfortunate homeowner who was also a specialist in restoring old Porsches came home one winter’s day to find his prized high-performance vehicle in his garage encased in several inches of ice after a water pipe froze and burst.

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Don't Forget About Security for IoT

iot-securityThe Internet of Things (IoT), the idea that all devices that can benefit from connectivity will ultimately be connected, is already re-shaping industries like education, healthcare, facilities management and industrial processing.

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What Is Server Automation?

robot butlerAs the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M) and IoT gateways dawns, automation offers businesses the chance to conserve resources by letting machines communicate and complete tasks without human intervention.

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Four Ways Automation Is Valuable for Industrial Processes

industrial-plantThe industrial processing sector is rife with challenges not present in other verticals. Extremely harsh physical environments, complex machinery and tremendous energy consumption make the industry unique in its technology needs. This is where the building automation and IoT gateways can come into play.

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Building Automation: The Right Ingredient for Grocers

grocery-freezerOver the past few years grocery store trends have changed as more affordable and technology has advanced. In fact, several of the country's largest grocery chains are now fully automating their locations and in an extremely competitive industry, others are sure to follow. Here are some of the most useful IoT gateway applications of for grocers:

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Building Automation and IoT Gateways Takes the Burden off Restaurants

restaurant-kitchenResearch shows that 59 percent of hospitality businesses fail within the first three years, so if you are going to open a new eatery you need to be sure you are maximizing your resources. Building automation technology can play a major part in improving efficiency and boosting your profit.

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Building Automation: Super Cool for Air Conditioning this Summer

high-temperaturesAs summer approaches, HVAC companies everywhere will be on high alert, installing new systems and making sure existing ones are in proper working order. Of course, as temperatures gradually rise your customers’ bills are likely to follow suit. The hotter the weather outside, the higher air conditioning units everywhere are cranked up.

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Knock Excess Energy Costs Out Like a Light

lightbulb-dollarMost utility companies are quite accustomed to complaints from customers about their energy bills. Businesses are constantly looking for ways to reduce expenses and tend to get worked up when an unexpectedly hefty bill arrives.

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For IT Teams, the Time to Prepare for the IoT is Now

Globe-in-handAccording to a report from The Economist, 75 percent of companies are either actively exploring IoT now or are already using it. The same report reveals that among senior executives surveyed, 61 percent believe that companies which are slow to integrate IoT (Internet of Things) into their business will fall behind the competition.

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Three Cool M2M Uses You Haven’t Heard About

water-meterIf you follow technology even casually, chances are you've heard a lot about the possibilities that machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions can offer for real-world problems. You may not be aware, however, about some of its more cutting-edge applications.

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The Feel-Good Side of M2M and Building Automation

door-openerRecently, the technology has been used for some heartwarming projects, like building “smart” homes that make life easier for wounded veterans. The advantage of M2M goes beyond increasing efficiency and cutting costs—such technology can change lives. 

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M2M Smart Buildings: It’s More than Just Home Automation

home-automation-cell-phoneWhile home automation certainly offers numerous financial and convenience-related benefits, the advantages of machine-to-machine (M2M) commercial building automation has not been widely publicized thus far. For businesses looking to increase operational efficiency, however, this technology may be indispensable in the years to come.

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Debunking Common Misconceptions about Building Automation

smart-buildings-m2mBuilding automation can do everything from cutting your energy consumption to helping increase worker productivity. Even if you have already heard about "smart" buildings, much of what you've been told may be outdated or just flat-out wrong. Therefore, we have taken the liberty of tackling some of the most common misconceptions about building automation and setting the record straight:

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The Implications of the Internet of Things for Education

teacher-educationFor years, experts have predicted that the Internet of Things—a system in which objects can communicate internally or with other machines—will transform the way we live our lives. As it turned out, some of those prognostications were a bit premature. In 2014, however, I fully expect the IoT to be a much more mainstream concept.

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M2M is Growing Rapidly—Are You Keeping Up?

machine to machine technologyMachines are taking over. OK, not like they did in "The Matrix," but machine-to-machine (M2M) technology is making serious inroads. In sectors like healthcare; security; automotive and transport; and financial services, the ability of machines to communicate internally and with the outside world is changing the business landscape. The numbers vary depending on who you ask, but predictions about the general direction of the M2M market does not—the arrow is pointing up.

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