5 years, 9 months ago

M2M: A Weapon in the War on Carbon Emissions?

Link: http://taotwits-too-big-to-tweet.blogspot.com/2013/03/m2m-weapon-on-war-on-carbon-emissions.html


The estimated environmental impact on the four key industries that M2M promises to disrupt:

  • Energy: Savings of more than 2 Gt of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, via smart meters and demand-response applications
  • Transportation: Reductions of close to 1.9 Gt of CO2, through route optimization of planes, trains, trucks and ships.
  • Built Environment: CO2 emissions cuts of 1.6 Gt, related to energy efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting, appliances and security systems.
  • Agriculture: Savings of about 1.6 Gt of CO2, through M2M-enabled forestry management, harvesting, fertilizer applications and water use. 
What’s holding things back?
Five barriers that could make it tough to scale M2M technologies:

  1. The reliance of mobile network operators on other M2M players to bring end-to-end solutions to market
  2. Lack of universal standards that govern components, data exchange and applications development
  3. Limited metrics on the return on investment offered by M2M applications
  4. Lack of strong marketing angles for “selling” M2M technologies, due primarily to limited performance data
  5. Long sales cycles and payback periods for M2M technology deployments
Please go to the source article from www.greenbiz.com for further details.
My thoughts: I would add a 2(a) to the list of barriers – competition for market dominance between: network operators, cloud service providers, industrial equipment manufactures, consumer technology manufactures and old-school IT S/W vendors, combined with, the likely inertia of existing vertical industry standards groups, will make agreement on universal standards extremely difficult. We should expect to live in a multi-standards world for many years to come – this, however, will provide an opportunity for savvy Sensing-as-a-Service providers to offer seamless interoperability.