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Technologies influencing widespread adoption of M2M today...

In this exploratory blog on M2M technologies, we look at some of the prominent technologies that are influencing the widespread adoption of M2M applications and solutions in the market today:

 

  • Sensors, actuators & smart devices: Sensors, actuators and smart devices (including smart phones) are becoming more and more powerful, intelligent, programmable, smaller in size, consume very low power, are significantly lower in cost, and widely available today.  They can monitor a wide variety of physical and non-physical entities effectively and relay them to a remote monitoring station over a wired or wireless interface for further processing and analysis.  Some of these devices are even capable of working autonomously - taking decisions and acting on their own.
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  • Wireless technologies: Wireless technologies such as zigbee, bluetooth, cellular, WiFi, etc. are widely available today.  These wireless technologies are often integrated with sensing devices allowing these devices to readily communicate between themselves, and with external systems wirelessly.
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  • Access devices: A wide variety of access technologies and devices such as desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, smart phones, PDAs, and tablet are available in the market today, which provide the advantage of accessing enterprise information from anywhere, and at any time. 
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  • Web technologies: Web technologies such as web-services, REST based protocols are today ubiquitous, are based on open standards.  M2M solutions based on web technologies readily make devices interwork with each other. 
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  • Software tools, frameworks and platforms: Several data gathering, storage, analysis, reporting and other software tools, products, platforms, frameworks and solutions (including open source ones) are widely available today that makes it easy to put together M2M applications and solution rapidly and deploy them in the market. 
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  • Cloud technologies: Cloud technologies and infrastructure are increasingly being deployed across the world making it possible to offer M2M solutions as a service to customers.  Many small and medium sized enterprises, who could not afford to pay for expensive M2M software solutions earlier can now leverage the power of the cloud to address their business needs at a fraction of the cost than was possible earlier.

 

In subsequent blogs on M2M technologies, we will discuss the above technologies (and additional ones) in more detail.

 

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