[26 June 2014] Wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), through its corporate wireless arm Smart Enterprise, has expanded its array of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless solutions to include new products and services that will benefit enterprises, small & medium businesses, and hospitals across the country.
The new additions to Smart’s expansive portfolio of M2M solutions include Smart M2M PowerForm, Smart M2M Workforce, and Smart M2M Health, which are expected to boost productivity and therefore drive results in businesses willing to adapt the solutions to their enterprises.
“The Internet of Things, which is basically what M2M solutions are about, is already moving beyond being just a buzzword. Smart is aware of this trend, and has already laid the groundwork to become the leader in providing relevant M2M solutions to local businesses,” said Eric Alberto, EVP and Head for Enterprise, International and Carrier Business at Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Smart.
The global “Internet of Things” market is expected to grow from a meager $1.9 trillion industry in 2013 to a whopping $7.1 trillion market by 2020, according to international research firm IDC.
“Businesses must act now in order to remain competitive as more firms drive profitability with the help of relevant and unique M2M solutions for their line of business,” added Jovy Hernandez, PLDT FVP and Smart Enterprise Sales and Marketing Head.
“Enterprises and SMEs will find that Smart Enterprise’s first-to-market solutions, coupled with our reliable mobile network nationwide, are trustworthy partners in their search for business growth,” Hernandez added.
Smart M2M Health
Smart Enterprise’s M2M portfolio will very soon also include M2M Health which will include two groundbreaking solutions that will enable hospitals to monitor their patients even from vast distances: Mobile ECG and Remote Fetal Care.
Smart’s Mobile ECG solution will provide a flexible alternative to traditional ECG monitoring using a portable cardio device with an updated SMART data SIM card, which automatically transmits results online.
The Remote Fetal Care solution, meanwhile, will allow doctors to monitor the vital signs of pregnant women and their babies even from vast distances. Delivered through a Bluetooth-based device worn by the mother, the solution provides doctors a quick and accurate view of patients’ conditions which are useful in providing relevant care to expectant mothers.
Smart M2M PowerForm
PowerForm is a powerful utility used alongside the latest mobile devices that allows businesses to cut down on printing costs and drive productivity upward by routing the usual paper forms into customized digitized formats.
Using PowerForm, businesses with field operations—such as credit card companies, insurance marketers, and sales teams—can process applications faster by sending relevant portions of their forms to the respective business units concerned, which speeds up the review and approval process.
Smart M2M Workforce
The Smart M2M Workforce solution, meanwhile, aims to streamline coordination among field teams and the corporate headquarters to ensure quicker delivery of services to clients.
The workforce management solution that works on mobile devices supports work tickets, GPS location data syncing, and work and productivity status reporting for field agents that enable them to cut down response times and allow the head office to communicate with mobile workers on the fly.