An essential guide to M2M technology for manufacturers

Last updated:October 2013

Editor's note

If the warehouse is the heart of manufacturing operations, M2M technology has become the heart of the warehouse. Machine-to-machine technology is in high demand by manufacturers because of its real-time communication abilities and the way it allows them to remotely track their supply chains and monitor warehouse operations from any location. Increasingly global supply chains have made these features invaluable to manufacturers.

The growing popularity of M2M has kept vendors on their toes, and they are meeting the challenge by offering a wide range of M2M functions. Worried about cost? No problem. The return on investment (ROI) makes M2M adoption well worth the effort, but technological advances such as the cloud have also made it simpler -- and cheaper -- to implement M2M technology.

This guide will walk you through the introduction and growth of M2M technology in the warehouse, as well as offer up advice and best practices on M2M adoption and implementation.

1Trends and Innovations

The popularity of M2M technology has gained momentum, and vendors are keeping pace with a widening variety of features in their M2M offerings. And many of these products won't cost an arm and a leg -- the cloud, for instance, helps make acquiring and implementing M2M easier and cheaper. The Internet of Things -- connecting all devices over the Internet -- will help manufacturers maintain and organize big data. Find out more about M2M trends and innovations.

2Best practices

For successful M2M adoption, a strong business case is the best bet, but there are other factors to consider before presenting the case to decision makers. One consideration is security: How strong are the risks and what can be done to prevent them? Another is training: Manufacturers must have a clear understanding of how M2M fits into the business for it to be completely effective. Read more for advice and best practices to ensure success in M2M endeavors.