Fiber to an Unusual Place

Technology is seeping its way into all the nooks and crannies of everyday life, going well beyond the consumer-driven applications that often are in the spotlight. Machine to Machine (M2M) communications, facilitated by broadband, is a big driver for disrupting and changing the way the physical world works. In above interview, Will Helmly, president and COO of Home Telecom, describes how their fiber-to-the-premise network is enhancing the efficiency and reliability of another physical infrastructure.

In a report issued 11/25/2012, General Electric estimates that Machine to Machine communications will enable a so-called Internet of Things, with one plausible scenario where increased efficiency adds $10 to $15 trillion to the global domestic product by 2030.
Helmly and his team worked with a local home developer to meet the remote monitoring requirements of its community septic system in a very rural, but high-end development.

As is pointed out in the above interview, the solution they developed was unique for this particular application. This interview also points to the trend of machines communicating directly to machines, improving efficiency through things such as the reduction of truck rolls and the implementation of real-time monitoring. Somewhat ironic is that the key to implementing this sort of M2M technology is having local people who can translate needs into solutions.

[Note: Thank you to Home Telecom for their commercial support of Viodi in the production of this video].