Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology helps enable businesses to operate more efficiently and offer more innovative products. It also empowers better-informed decision making— for instance, usage-based insurance (UBI) that can reward drivers for safe behaviors. But for the technology to be affordable, data transmission costs can’t rise too high. Provide new products and services costeffectively with Verizon Wireless M2M solutions. A major auto insurance company turned to Verizon to help keep its UBI offering costeffective. The company had been relying on another telecommunications company to transmit data on its UBI customers’ driving habits to insurance company computers. A problem arose when the telecom company decided to phase out its 2G wireless network and offer only 3G and 4G. These faster wireless connectivity options are not cost-effective or necessary for some M2M applications, such as UBI data collection. Verizon continues to offer a range of connectivity speeds, including 2G, and was able to provide a more affordable option for the insurance company. Verizon worked with a telematics Just over one half (51%) of organizations in one survey had already deployed or piloted M2M technology.1 device manufacturer to create a UBI device that would work on the Verizon CDMA network—replacing devices that only worked on the other company’s GSM wireless network. The solution means the insurance company can continue offering a product that helps it price insurance more accurately and reward safe drivers with lower premiums. M2M delivers data that helps businesses work smarter. As more and more businesses implement M2M solutions, they’re seeing how the technology is revolutionizing the way business gets done. When machines are connected, you get valuable real-time data that helps you make better-informed decisions and identify where processes and operations can be streamlined. M2M technology can help you: • Improve customer service and productivity by tracking shipments from dock to door. With automated real-time alerts about unexpected issues, you can quickly reroute vehicles or update delivery estimates with up-to-the-minute information. • Reduce theft and loss by monitoring job sites and assets from any Web browser. Set parameters to notify you when conditions change or assets go out of preset boundaries. • Increase fleet safety with vehicle sensors that measure and report on driver location and behavior, as well as vehicle and asset conditions and maintenance needs. • Take advantage of every sales opportunity by keeping products stocked in wireless kiosks that let you know when they’re running low on any items. Machine-to-Machine solutions from Verizon can benefit practically any industry. Following are a few examples: Healthcare With M2M technology, home healthcare can be more effective than ever. Costly hospital stays can be reduced by outfitting patients at home with devices that monitor their conditions and alert doctors only when necessary. Patients can also connect remotely with clinicians for consultations or to get answers to questions. Verizon is a leader in M2M, helping businesses design, implement and manage connectedmachine strategies. Retail By employing M2M technology in your store, you can create a more personalized and effective customer experience. Imagine if sensors could automatically identify repeat customers with a signal from their smartphones. You could send VIP offers right to their phones while they’re in the store and greet them by name. Digital signs around the store or at the checkout counter could serve up personalized promotions directed at individual customers. Transportation and distribution Help keep drivers safe with an M2M system in vehicles that monitors and reports on driver behaviors in the field, such as speeding, hard braking and idling. Help reduce vehicle 1. “Verizon Quick Poll Series Results,” April 2013. 2. Dave Evans, The Internet of Things: How the Next Evolution of the Internet Is Changing Everything, Cisco Systems, April 2011. UC01131015 Network details & coverage maps at vzw.com. © 2015 Verizon Wireless. downtime and anticipate repair needs with accurate data from trucks about condition and wear. You can even maintain a close eye on the fleet with geofencing, which allows you to preset geographical zones where your drivers can be. Help cut down on misuse of vehicles or misreporting of hours with alerts when a driver crosses zone boundaries. Worldwide, 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. 2 Learn more. Ready to reap the benefits of M2M solutions inyour business or organization? Contact your Verizon Wireless business specialist today.