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Saving the Rainforest

Zafar Anjum | June 13, 2013
Gemalto’s solutions sales manager, M2M, Lakhi Baug talks about how M2M communication systems are used to preserve rainforests and why they are better than traditional satellite surveillance and radio monitoring.

In contrast, the M2M-powered Invisible Tracck solution is able to monitor individual trees and detect whether or not they are being logged. It adequately counters these new tactics being used by illegal loggers. To overcome the fact that the rainforest spans such a wide area, Radiation Data Exchange (RED) technology is used to boost the range of wireless communications to cover even extremely remote areas that lack mobile network coverage.

As the nature of monitoring, and the requirements, differ across use cases, it is difficult for us to comment on whether M2M communications could work in place of video surveillance. However, Gemalto M2M solutions are also used to power video surveillance systems.

Invisible Tracck is powered by Gemalto's Cinterion M2M solution. Is there anything else that Gemalto is doing in M2M communications?

Gemalto's M2M communications portfolio is enabling solutions across a wide variety of industries, ranging from healthcare, retail services, smart energy, and automotive. For example, Gemalto's Cinterion range of automotive-grade M2M technology is providing 4G connectivity for Audi's industry-first, embedded LTE infotainment system, providing enhanced services that will enrich the mobile lifestyle of both drivers and their passengers. For the Oil and Gas sector, Gemalto is working with UAE's integrated telecommunications service provider du to deploy M2M solutions that will assist with the management of hard-to-reach O&G meters to ensure effective maintenance.

But beyond that, we're also looking into areas such as transportation and logistics, as well as smart grids, which will all be able to leverage on M2M for better service delivery and improve efficiency. In transport and logistics, M2M technology makes it possible to track down and trace vehicles, goods shipments, and mobile resources, thus improving the efficiency of the entire supply chain. For smart grids, M2M can make business processes more efficient, productive and cost-effective by adding remote metering capabilities.


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