Smart Communications, through its corporate wireless arm Smart Enterprise, recently announced the creation of the country?s first ?Internet of Everything (IoE)? consortium, which seeks to develop the IoE and machine-to-machine (M2M) ecosystem in the Philippines.
The consortium is the first alliance in the Philippines seeking to develop IoE solutions which would make devices and processes ?smarter? and more connected.
The consortium was introduced during the launch of Smart?s latest M2M solutions for enterprises, small and medium businesses, and hospitals.
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.
?As an entire world is heading to the hyper-connected eventuality called Internet of Everything or IoE, every enterprise organization will benefit from the pooled expertise, massed resources, and rare insight the Smart IoE Consortium represents,? said Eric Alberto, EVP and head for enterprise, international, and carrier business at PLDT and Smart.
?This consortium will therefore be a considerable resource available to all Philippine enterprises, with consortium leaders and experts hailing from areas such as the academe, government, and private sectors,? he added.
Alberto said the group would be expanding to include more representatives from banking and finance, utilities, retail and distribution, pharmaceuticals, software and hardware development and distribution, as well as hospitals and universities.
?Smart and the rest of the PLDT group are collaborating with the best people from different industries to provide relevant Internet-powered solutions to Philippine enterprises. Not only will these solutions help businesses remain competitive in today?s fast-evolving landscape, these will also enable them to improve the way Filipinos live,? said Jovy Hernandez, PLDT FVP and Smart Enterprise sales and marketing head.
During the consortium?s launch in Makati City, Smart Enterprise also announced the new additions to its portfolio of M2M solutions that now include Smart M2M PowerForm, Smart M2M Workforce, and Smart M2M Health.
Smart M2M Health
Smart Enterprise?s M2M portfolio will very soon also include M2M Health which will include two 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 an 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 utility used alongside 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 quick 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.