The connection between M2M and IoT
M2M is often referred to as a subset of the Internet of Things (IoT), see more on IoT below.
describes IoT as a broad vision of a future where everything – objects, machines and people – is connected and communicating, uniting the physical and digital worlds, involving consumers as well as businesses, organisations and industries, not to mention entire cities.
In comparison, M2M is more concerned with equipping machines, vehicles, monitors and sensors with intelligent devices that enable M2M communications.
Uses of M2M technology (Telemetry, industrial, remote monitoring, etc.)
M2M technology is often as wide ranging, as the industries which have adopted M2M communications. However, M2M magazine define six key areas of M2M, which are: RFID (radio frequency identification), telematics, telemetry, sensor networking, smart services, and remote monitoring – defined by M2M magazine
explains Remote Monitoring has been around in one form or another for a long time - even if that monitoring was done manually by a technician in a truck.
However, as equipment and technology has advanced, machines are now able to transmit data
The wider benefits of M2M
By minimizing waste and inefficiencies, delivering major social and environmental benefits in sectors such as industry, healthcare, transportation, education and energy – M2M technology has the potential to revolutionise the way we work and live.
M2M communications are increasingly allowing a shift from traditional manual monitoring to remote monitoring by connecting buildings, equipment, machinery and other assets to the internet. Such a shift in technology has the power to reduce carbon footprints, enabling a low carbon economy.
Organisational productivity and efficiency
Having the right data, in the right hands at the right time will mean a dramatic increase in the speed of decision making and productivity, contributing to economic growth through new and increased business opportunities.