Running a small or medium-sized business can be challenging: besides the problems faced at the workplace and daily operations, entrepreneurs must also take care of their office premises, vehicles, machinery and other fixed assets. The question, for many SMBs, is how to find solutions that are effective yet also affordable.
“SMBs face many problems similar to those of larger corporations but they don’t have a lot of resources to solve such problems. What Globe Business does is provide SMBs with affordable, reliable, and effective solutions using what’s called ‘M2M’ or machine-to-machine technology.
“Essentially, M2M technology allows machines to “talk” to each other and communicate through Globe Business’ M2M Network. This technology has many applications and uses that provide advantages and benefits to SMBs,” said Manny Escosa, Globe Business Small and Medium Business Marketing Head.
There are two main categories of Globe Business M2M Solutions currently available: Globe Business M2M(M2M-FAM) and Globe Business (M2M-FMS).
For the following SMB needs listed below, there’s a corresponding Globe Business M2M Solution that addresses them.
Need: Security and maintenance of remote assets. SMBs that have remote assets like vendo machines and refrigeration units need to regularly assess the status of those machines and conduct maintenance or repair work.
Solution: Use Globe Business M2M(M2M-FAM) to assess the status of remote assets and machines, including ATMs, vendo machines, refrigeration units and the like.
Once M2M-FAM determines that these remote assets are in need of maintenance or repair, it sends an alert to the business owner. The business owner can then send in a team to fix the machine.
There’s no need to physically send personnel to check on each individual machine from time to time, once the machines are already being monitored through the Globe Business M2M network.
Instead, each machine itself communicates through the M2M network when it needs maintenance or repair. This allows the business owner to send in a repair team at the most appropriate time. This saves the business owner time, effort and money.
Need: Monitor the unauthorized use of computer servers. Unauthorized use of company computers not only adds to the wear and tear on equipment and increase power consumption but, more seriously, compromises confidential company data.
Solution: Use Globe Business M2M-FAM to monitor track the utilization of company CPUs. Usually, a company would know the usual level of CPU activity in their servers. A higher-than-normal CPU activity may indicate unauthorized use of a company computer and Globe Business M2M-FAM can send an alert to the business owner (or a designated manager or staff) if this happens.
Need: Track and send alert when factory equipment is being used illicitly. Owners of factories need to ensure that their machinery is used only during designated hours to produce a pre-determined output. Illicit use puts wear and tear on machinery, increases power consumption, and also indicates that factory products are being manufactured illegally.
Solution: Use Globe Business M2M-FAM to alert owner when illicit use of factory machinery is detected. In this way, the factory owner will be able to implement measures to stop the illegal use of equipment and hold those behind it accountable.
Globe Business also offers M2M solutions for an SMB’s vehicles. The Globe Business M2M Fleet Management Service (M2M-FMS) offers several benefits and advantages to a company’s mobile assets. It uses GPS technology along with the Globe Business M2M network to keep track of a company vehicle’s location.
Need: Ensure on-time deliveries of goods. An SMB needs to make sure that its deliveries arrive at the correct destination on schedule. Delays could mean lost business.
Solution: Use Globe Business M2M-FMS to track the location of company vehicles while they are on the move. Using an office computer linked to the Globe Business M2M network, the business owner or a designated manager or staff can determine if a company vehicle arrived at its destination on-time.
Globe Business M2M-FMS can also assess the best travel route a company vehicle can take, based on historic performance for efficiency. Or allow a vehicle to find an alternative route in cases of heavy traffic or obstructions.
Need: Assure the proper refrigeration of perishable goods being delivered. SMBs that transport perishable goods need to maintain a proper temperature inside their delivery vans or trucks to avoid spoilage.
Solution: Keep track of the temperature inside the refrigerated compartments using Globe Business M2M-FMS. Through the M2M network, a business owner will be alerted in case of a malfunction in the temperature control. This quick, real-time alert allows the business owner to tell the driver to stop the vehicle and check the refrigeration compartment—so that a timely response can be made to make repairs.
Need:Alerts in cases of theft, pilferage, or hijacking of company vehicles. While it is difficult to actually prevent theft, pilferage, or hijacking, a business owner can make a more appropriate and more timely response in such situations if he or she is alerted as soon as possible when these occur.
Solution: Use Globe Business M2M-FMS to assess and co-relate vehicle performance and driver behavior based on vehicle status, speed, etc. By analyzing these factors, business owners can be alerted to a suspicious situation.
For example, Globe Business M2M-FMS can track if a company vehicle is moving too slow, has made an unauthorized stop, or has deviated from its predetermined route.
In cases where there is unauthorized opening of a vehicle’s cargo hold, or if an accident occurs, Globe Business M2M-FMS can trigger and broadcast a security alert to the owner. The owner can then inform authorities to respond.
Security and surveillance
Globe Business M2M Solutions also have applications related to security and surveillance. Globe Business M2M Security and Surveillance enhances a company’s existing security system.
It can assist company/user to determine thru the M2M alerts if there are attempts to tamper, sabotage or steal acompany’s fixed assets. M2M security and surveillance devices use accessories such as motion and door sensors, panic buttons this may also be linked to Globe Business M2M Managed Services.
The Globe Business M2M Security and Surveillance system serves as a deterrent: the security devices are always ready to activate alarms and trigger an emergency response.
In summary: Globe Business’ M2M Solutions optimize the functionality and productivity of a company’s machines/assets. They make business operations less costly yet more efficient. They also provide greater security and control over a company’s mobile and fixed assets.
Globe Business M2M Solutions are ideal for a wide range of businesses—including the food and/or service industries (restaurants, resorts, hotels, etc.); financial enterprises (banks, pawnshops, etc.); manufacturing, distribution; practically any business that benefits from machine-to-machine networking and pro-active security.
“Globe Business M2M Solutions can be used in a variety of applications to fit the needs of every type of business—especially small and medium businesses (SMBs) that are seeking quality and reliability at a more affordable cost. SMB owners are welcome to come to us and discuss how we could customize a package of solutions to meet their needs,” said Escosa.
Experience the benefits of having customized solutions to support your business. Consult a Globe Business Account Manager, visit Globe stores, call the Globe Business Hotline at +632 730-1010 or log on to http://www.globe.com.ph/business today to find out more.
Globe Business is the corporate arm of Globe Telecom, the leading mobile telecommunications company in the Philippines. Globe Business provides wireless and wireline solutions for a diverse set of industries, businesses, and commercial enterprises. It assures SMEs of affordable, reliable, and dependable services for all communication needs, both wireless and wireline solutions, to generate the highest possible profit at the lowest possible cost.