Our team at Techbase have put together this series of articles to help explain the often misunderstood terms that our industry uses on a daily basis. Today we will discuss M2M embedded devices. M2M embedded devices are often used for remote monitoring. In product restocking, for example, a vending machine can message the distributor when a particular item is running low. M2M embedded devices communication is an important aspect of warehouse management, remote control, robotics, traffic control, logistic services, supply chain management, fleet management and telemedicine. It forms the basis for a concept known as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Key components of an M2M embedded device will include sensors, RFID, a Wi-Fi or cellular communications link and autonomic computing software programmed to help a networked device interpret data and make decisions. The most well-known type of M2M communication is telemetry, which has been used since the early part of the last century to transmit operational data. Pioneers in telemetrics first used telephone lines — and later, on radio waves — to transmit performance measurements gathered from monitoring instruments in remote locations. The Internet and improved standards for wireless technology have expanded the role of telemetry from pure science, engineering and manufacturing to everyday use in products like home heating units, electric meters and Internet-connected appliances. Products built with M2M communication capabilities are often marketed to end users as being “smart.”
Currently, M2M embedded devices does not have a standardized connected device platform and many M2M embedded devices are built to be task- or device-specific. It is expected that as M2M embedded devices becomes more pervasive, vendors will need to agree upon standards for device-to-device communications.
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