The Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market seems to only be growing as we move further into the 21st century. The biggest reason for this growth is the simple fact that several companies have found a variety of new ways to implement it.
What was once largely considered a technical field with little consumer appeal, the M2M sector has been able to take advantage of mobile devices and advances in already existing technology to find a way to get its foot in the door when it comes to consumer tech.
Among the many uses M2M technology now has, utility companies are able to monitor their customer’s uses more easily and at a lower cost. More companies are using devices that will give them readings on various home usages, when in the past they had to send someone out to read the meters, taking up valuable time and resources.
Home security companies have been using M2M tech for quite a while now, but these days they are able to do more than have a silent alarm alert the company that something is going wrong.
With new mobile applications, the homeowner can be alerted on their phone or tablet that something is amiss.
There is a growing push for larger companies to take advantage of alerts like those used in home security in order to protect their networks. It isn’t much of a stretch to use M2M tech to alert an IT manager that something is wrong with their network as soon as the problem surfaces. One of the ways in which M2M can make the next jump and help out consumers even more is by companies adopting a common protocol that will allow machines to communicate more smoothly and effectively with one another.
At the present time, it seems quite a few companies believe a universal protocol would be a good idea, but few have made much of a push to get it implemented.
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Edited by Braden Becker