As we now develop a wide array of M2M implementations that help us build the so-called Internet of Things, the truth is that The Internet of Things is now the Internet of M2M Things.
NOTE: M2M technology supports wired or wireless communication between machines. M2M is used in telemetry, data collection, remote control, robotics, remote monitoring, status tracking, road traffic control, offsite diagnostics and even telemedicine.
Cisco has estimated that M2M communications arising as part of the Internet of Things (IoT for short) is going to "contribute significantly" to a six-fold increase in mobile data traffic by 2017.
CTO with M2M-specialist company Ciseco Miles Hodkinson blogs recently that his firm's technology was born out of an ambition to say "wireless is easier than wires".
"The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to be as revolutionary as steam power. The IoT provides the ability to digitally network the objects and systems around us that are not computers, phones or tablets; in essence everything else. Its potential goes far beyond the key applications we've been hearing about for years, the self-stocking fridge; the kettle that turns on as you arrive home; the lights or heating controlled from your phone. The real potential is in the creation of systems that have never been seen before. The IoT represents billions of man hours that could be replaced by self-aware products that simply 'do' rather than have to be used, and the fundamental cultural and social shift, when old methods are replaced by automation and autonomy, said Hodkinson.
M2M is everywhere
M2M is everywhere. The http://m2m.com/welcome website exists as a developer community forum for embedded wireless and connected consumer devices. The graphic to the side of this blog shows you the range of M2M Developer Kits on offer today at M2M.com and these come with test SIMs, developer tools and documented support.
M2M really is everywhere. The Indian city of New Delhi will play host to the Smart Device and Content 2013 conference later this March.
"The Indian smart device market is vibrant, with healthy competition and varied offerings in all segments of the market. The Indian telecommunications industry (which supports M2M communication) is one of the fastest growing in the world and India is projected to become the second largest telecom market globally."
M2M is honestly everywhere. The recent Mobile World Congress exhibition saw Ericsson and SAP sign an agreement to jointly market and sell cloud-based M2M solutions and services to enterprises via operators.
The firms suggest that enterprises have faced barriers toward the adoption of M2M solutions, such as lack of complete multi-industry end-to-end offerings and deficiency of suitable global coverage connectivity solutions that are needed by multinational enterprises.
A selection of M2M examples
These new solutions and services being offered as a result of this agreement are intended to help address business processes such as maintenance, remote service, inventory, logistics and road transport management, vending and customer experience management.
Co-CEO of SAP Jim Hagemann Snabe has bullishly stated that his firm will increase adoption of M2M solutions. "Enterprises will benefit from an offering that provides them with everything they need to connect to machines, and helps turn high volumes of data into real-time knowledge and decision-making," he said.
Ericsson chief Hans Vestberg is on the record saying that global M2M service revenue is estimated to reach more than £134 billion by 2017.
"The joint go-to-market model combines the assets of SAP, Ericsson and mobile operators, making it possible for enterprises to effectively connect their enterprise assets across multi-country operations with full integration to existing business processes, along with support for mobile and real-time scenarios," said the firms, in a press statement.
This means that a full end-to-end logistics solution should now also include an M2M connectivity consideration.
Because of M2M, The Internet of Things just became The Internet of Everything and so it's a small (M2M) world after all