Companies deploying machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions can significantly reduce their costs by examining the Total Cost of Ownership that goes beyond initial connectivity charges.
The major M2M TCO cost drivers -- data usage, troubleshooting, and lifecycle costs were recently identified by IDC in a recent M2M report.
Targeting those cost-drivers, Aeris Communications developed a real-world scenario of a healthcare device manufacturer, based on an actual Aeris customer.
The Aeris paper, Total Cost of Ownership for M2M Deployments: a Real-World Case Study, using the scenario compared the costs of an Aeris deployment with a MNO (mobile network operator) or MNVO (mobile virtual network operator).
Even with identical connectivity pricing, Aeris delivered significant savings due to a pricing model tuned to machines and built on transparency, the Aeris study showed.
Over a 12-month deployment, Aeris saved the healthcare customer more than a half million dollars. Had the customer deployed the same program with a traditional MNO or MVNO, their costs would have been more than twice as high.
The costs broke down as follows:
Data Usage: Even when the per MB pricing is exactly the same, Aeris offers more flexibility than MNOs and MVNOs, allowing users to make changes that often occur in M2M deployments without incurring significant additional charges.
Troubleshooting: The average time for Aeris to resolve an issue is 30 minutes, half the time incurred by MNOs and MVNOs.
Lifecycle: Aeris can eliminate cost in supply chain between activation, manufacturing test, and implementation. Aeris does not charge, while MNOs and MVNOs levy six months of access charges. If a device is suspended, Aeris charges a one-month access fee, while MNOs and MVNOs charge for three months of access.
If you would like more information on how Aeris can help you lower the TCO for your M2M or IoT program, contact us at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-Go-AERIS (1-888-462-3747).