Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Filipino Smart to launch remote health monitoring services

Iain Morris
July 2, 2014
Filipino wireless operator Smart has unveiled plans to start offering two new M2M health services that will allow hospitals in the Philippines to monitor their patients from “vast distances”.

The operator’s Mobile ECG solution is intended to 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.

A Remote Fetal Care solution, meanwhile, is aimed at allowing doctors to monitor the vital signs of pregnant women and their babies from a distance.

The service requires the mother to wear a Bluetooth-based device and is supposed to provide doctors with a quick and accurate view of patients’ conditions and help them to offer relevant care to expectant mothers.

The services were unveiled alongside innovations targeting logistics activities within both large corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises.

In a statement, Smart (Manila, Philippines) said it expected the new technologies to “drive results in businesses willing to adapt the solutions to their enterprises”.

“The Internet of Things, which is basically what M2M solutions are about, is already moving beyond being just a buzzword,” said Eric Alberto, executive vice president and head for enterprise, international and carrier business at Smart. “Smart is aware of this trend, and has already laid the groundwork to become the leader in providing relevant M2M solutions to local businesses.”

Smart cites research from IDC suggesting the global “Internet of Things” market will grow from a $1.9 trillion industry in 2013 to a $7.1 trillion market by 2020.

“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,” added Jovy Hernandez, PLDT FVP and Smart’s enterprise sales and marketing head.

“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,” he added.
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