Every industry today are in a constant race to innovate and develop new strategies to get ahead of their competitors. There has been never before such a scenario in the industry that has given equal opportunities for companies of any size to gain leverage in business and this is much facilitated by the technological advancements prevailing today.

Technology has been a key enabler in transforming the way businesses are conducted and it has given an upper hand for many small and medium-sized enterprises to get onto the global arena with minimal investments.

There is no such industry that has not embraced this new age technological developments and with so many promising tools this era is the best time to do business. With so many newer technological implementations available one which is going to be the key to any progressive company is the use of Artificial Intelligence.

Developments in Artificial intelligence is constantly racing towards making operations in business completely automated with the least human intervention possible thereby reducing the chances of human errors. Off late there has been a lot of importance given to M2M communications which in a way can be considered as a product of Artificial Intelligence.

What is M2M communication:
Machine to Machine or M2M can be described only broadly as any technology that enables the communication or exchange of information between two networked devices in order to perform predefined actions with almost no human intervention. It precisely means the use and of data that are collected by the machines to analyze and interpret it and thereby taking strategic decisions by passing information between machines at various points.

With the growth in the usage of mobile applications and the Internet, it would be best to understand and describe M2M communications to be a three-dimensional existence, machine to man, machine to machine and Machine to mobility. But what’s most important is how these aspects influence the world of business and the business communications and how is it going to help the logistics and transportation industry.

Before we dig into the benefits M2M communication has for the logistic industry it would be worthy to know that M2M technology was first adopted in manufacturing and industrial settings and later had found its way into the healthcare, business, insurance, and many more industries. It can also be considered as the foundation for IoT.

One of the main purposes of M2M communication is to tap into the sensor data and transmit it to a network that can be accessed by other machines or systems for their operational and decision-making purposes. M2M often uses the largely available public networks and access methods as the cellular or the ethernet to make it much more cost-effective.

Some of the components that are used in an M2M system are sensors, RFID, WiFi or cellular communication links and also autonomous software that is programmed to help various network devices to communicate and interpret thereby helping the system to make logical decisions. These applications have the ability to translate the data collected to trigger preprogrammed and automated actions without human intervention.

M2M communication can play a major role in the logistics industry and let us get to know more about the various areas where it can contribute immensely and productively.

Logistics & Transportation:
What if you could manage a fleet of commercial as well as passenger vehicles without human errors? Yes, that’s right Machine to Machine solutions can be very much applied to manage a fleet of vehicles and Vehicle telematics that can create connected cars regardless of their location and can help to monitor automotive feel. They can provide immediate responses to any vehicle failures and also pass on early indicators of any vehicle issues, route changes and request for any directions.

Services extended to Passengers:
M2M can be very handy in providing up to date information to passengers and that can be an added value service that can be extended by tram, rail networks, and bus systems. Telematics can help these transportation entities to deliver updated schedule information to passengers and thereby enabling a more responsive service.

Connected Navigation:
As the use and growth of mobile technology and cellular capabilities have increased manifold, today it has become possible for many technologies to make leverage out of it. One of the most improved areas being the use of GPS and navigation systems. Mobile M2M solutions can now enable connected navigation that can provide real-time traffic events and weather conditions on a navigation map.

Intelligent information for Automotive:
Being able to generate intelligent telematics services can not only improve drivers safety by providing them with the right set of information but will also allow vehicles to be well maintained and in optimum conditions. M2M can also be a major contributor to maintaining the flow of traffic.

Asset tracking system:
What’s more efficient than being able to track your valuable properties and assets. M2M asset tracking systems can help in tracking your assets and constantly monitor their performances without any human errors. This will not only ensure the efficient use of your assets by also will help in cutting maintenance costs and thereby drive profits.

Summary :
It’s going to be a more machine-driven world with the abilities to interpret data and converting them into valuable information not to help humans to make better decisions but for machines to do that on our behalf. After globalization, it is undoubtedly an era of technological convergence and it has become necessary for IT providers to work closely with many industries to accommodate this in a much more profitable manner. Thought currently the logistics industry is using technology in bits and pieces it is time for the industry to drastically rethink and allocate resources for a more technologically accommodative environment as only that will facilitate in growth and more profits.