The term M2M (Machine to Machine), also commonly known as Ubiquitous or Pervasive Computing refers to what is essentially a four-step process: data is generated, data is transmitted, data is analysed, and data acted upon.
Other names that define M2M or its subsets include the ‘Internet of Things’, ‘Connected Devices’, ‘Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics’, ‘Smart Computing’, ‘Smart Metering’ and ‘Extended Internet’.
M2M leverages innovations in micro computing and wireless technology that allow embedded devices to collect and distribute real-time data and has the potential to connect millions of machines today, and even more in the near future. In simple terms, M2M is defined as a technology that enables electronic and mechanical devices to communicate with each other seamlessly and perform actions without human intervention.
The M2M System
The M2M system uses device (sensor, meter, etc.) to capture ‘event’ (temperature, inventory level, etc.), relayed through a communication network (wireless, wired or hybrid) to an application (software program) that translates the captured event into meaningful information (E.g. items need to be restocked) that can be actioned subsequently.
M2M works on four basic principles: [Read more...]