As the Internet of Things is developing rapidly, it is bringing more networking challenges for organizations in different ways. Not only is it demanding for innovative edge and real-time analysis to power the large amount of devices across the globe, but it is also making organizations to concentrate more on how all of these connected devices actually work with one another.
On the other hand, Machine-to-machine (M2M) is turning up as the driving force of Internet of Everything (IoE) and as the crucial element of IoT and Industrial IoT (IIoT). Although both the technologies are different, there's been a confusion about IoT and M2M communication. Here we'll highlight some facts and differences between the two majorly distinct technologies.
IoT and M2M
Machine-to-machine better known as M2M is a technology associated with the telecom industry and it is all about the communication between different devices and the connection can be either wired or wireless. Generally, it was develop to promote communication between a machine or a device with remote computer. It is a point-to-point communication which is typically embedded in the hardware at the customer site. Unlike IoT, this devices are not entirely dependent on internet connection. It comes with limited integration options as devices are required to have corresponding communication standards.
On the contrary, Internet of Things is a bit different than M2M as the technology is not solely dependent on telecom networks. IoT is designed to connect multiple devices and computer applications with each other. IoT devices communicate with each other using IP networks, incorporating with distinct communication protocol. IoT devices require an active internet connection to function, but it has unlimited integration, however, that requires a solution that can effective take care of all the communication.
According to researches, M2M market is expected to grow by 16.4% every year for a prolonged period and reach $7 billion in revenue. This includes major technology from intelligent sensors and RFID technology to cellular infrastructure and connectivity platforms that brings all things together using intelligent algorithms and high-speed networking and processing.