What is M2M and How Does it Fit into the IoT Landscape?
If you’ve done any research into Internet of Things (IoT) technology or home automation, you are likely to have come across the abbreviated term of ‘M2M’.
In this blog, we look at what it means and how it fits into the bigger IoT picture so that by the end you better understand what M2M is and the role it plays.
So, without further delay, let’s get started.
Machine to Machine
First of all, perhaps the easiest part to break down is the term M2M (a.k.a Machine to Machine), which is an acronym that describes a broad area of IoT technology that allows for the exchange of information between networked devices with no human input. It first came into existence in industrial and manufacturing applications but has since formed the basis of IoT as we know it today.
The components of an M2M system will include a cellular or WiFi communications link, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), sensors and programmed software to allow the M2M network device in questions to make decisions based on the data it receives and implemented specific automated actions.
IoT versus M2M
There are many who incorrectly use IoT and M2M interchangeably, whereas, in fact, they are very different things. M2M has some extremely useful applications across a range of industries as it facilities the connection of devices together with other ‘machines’ across the internet.
To give you an example of what we mean, M2M could be employed in a product restocking scenario and be able to communicate to the user that restocking is required, whereas M2M integrated with IoT could perform analysis of purchasing behaviours and be able to predict when certain products would become out of stock.
Where IoT differs is that it builds on what M2M offers and integrates web applications and a connection to the cloud to create a network of connected devices. It truly is an evolution of M2M that offers much more.
Essentially, whilst M2M and IoT technologies occupy roughly the same space, they are entirely different concepts that come together to create a larger, super-connected network. IoT can’t work without M2M devices and the role they perform, but M2M devices themselves can’t operate at the same level as they do without the support that IoT provides. It is, in every sense, a two-way street.
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