M2M SIMs allow any “object” to be connected easily to the network and transformed into an “intelligent” device able to exchange its own, collected and/or processed information. M2M solutions can be put to use in a vast number of fields. Take, as an example, household appliances capable of regulating their own operation according to energy costs, vending machines able to request refilling on the basis of the number of items dispensed, or sensors used in agriculture for monitoring micro-environmental conditions and providing irrigation control.
M2M solutions offered include managed connectivity services over Telecom Italia networks, dedicated devices (modems, routers, modules and SIMs) and vertical applications hosted on the Telecom Italia Cloud.
Olivetti has developed an End-To-End solution for managing Vending Machines in the different reference sectors (coffee machines, automatic snack/drink dispensers etc.). From a remote terminal it is possible to identify the machine’s location, monitor its operation, obtain real-time consumption data and execute any firmware updates necessary.