Smart aims for niche in Internet-of-things market

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Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) is eyeing a share of the global Internet-of-Things market, which is expected to grow from a $1.9 trillion industry in 2013 to a whopping $7.1 trillion market by 2020 based on a study by international research firm IDC.

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Smart, through its corporate wireless arm Smart Enterprise, said it has expanded its array of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless solutions to include new products and services that will benefit enterprises, small and medium businesses, and hospitals across the country.

“The Internet of Things, which is basically what M2M solutions are about, is already moving beyond being just a buzzword. Smart is aware of this trend and has laid the groundwork to become the leader in providing relevant M2M solutions for local businesses,” said Eric Alberto, executive vice president and head of Enterprise, International and Carrier Business at Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Smart.

Smart said that new additions to its expansive portfolio of M2M solutions include Smart M2M PowerForm, Smart M2M Workforce, and Smart M2M Health, which are expected to boost productivity and therefore drive results in businesses willing to adopt the solutions to their enterprises.

“Businesses must act now in order to remain competitive as more firms drive profitability with the help of relevant and unique M2M solutions for their line of business,” Jovy Hernandez, PLDT first vice president and Smart Enterprise sales and marketing head, added.

“Enterprises and SMEs will find that Smart Enterprise’s first-to-market solutions, coupled with our reliable mobile network nationwide, are trustworthy partners in their search for business growth,” Hernandez said.

Smart Enterprise’s M2M portfolio will soon include M2M Health which is composed of two groundbreaking solutions—Mobile ECG and Remote Fetal Care—that will enable hospitals to monitor their patients even from a vast distance.

Smart’s Mobile ECG solution will provide a flexible 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 a vast distance.

 

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