On Monday at Connected World, Wyless, a M2M managed services provider, detailed some of its customers who are currently delivering "green" machine-to-machine (M2M) services. From solar-powered, wireless parking meters that allow credit card payments to a web-based irrigation control system, the services from IPS Group, GreenRoad and Weathermatic are positively impacting our society, which is demonstrated below in terms of numbers.
In today's economy, consumers and businesses alike are looking for convenient, cost-effective solutions to everyday problems. Unlike battery-powered models, the solar-powered connected parking meters from IPS Group (San Diego, Calif., USA), a parking and telecom company specializing in solar power, allow users to pay with coins, a credit card, or a reusable, rechargeable parking 'debit card.' In addition, these meters offer lower maintenance and operating costs for municipalities nationwide. Revenues in locations with IPS meters typically increase between 20-40% within 6 months of installation and data collection time can be reduced by as much as 95%, says the company. Furthermore, because the meters are solar powered, municipalities needn't worry about the disposal of hundreds of thousands of batteries each year.
Across the U.S., businesses and consumers alike are being significantly impacted by rising fuel costs. In fact, according to a recent survey by GreenRoad (Redwood City, Calif., USA), a provider of driver performance and safety management, fuel costs represent 26-75% of total costs for more than 61% of all fleets. Driver behavior, such as rapid acceleration, speeding and harsh braking can dramatically impact fuel consumption, contributing to higher costs and increased fuel emissions, says GreenRoad. With a technology-based personalized driver performance service, like the GreenRoad Driver Improvement Loop, organizations see improved efficiencies, reductions in fuel costs as high as 12%, as well as reduced emissions.
Ordinary irrigation systems cannot adjust to changing weather conditions, often resulting in overwatering, high water bills and potential property damage. For commercial and municipal properties, web-based irrigation control systems and wireless controllers, such as the SmartLink Network from Weathermatic (Garland, Texas, USA), can dramatically reduce water consumption and provide significant water bill savings. For $0.50 per day, users of SmartLink can monitor and control irrigation, respond to system alerts, and generate monthly reports on water usage and savings - all from a connected smartphone, PC or tablet. In a recent SmartLink pilot conducted by a leading national retail bank, it was estimated that water consumption would be reduced by approximately 9.8 million gallons of water and $56,000 in savings would be realized across just six of the bank's properties in the first year. Project payback was estimated at 3.3 months.