How M2M Powers the Internet of Things

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 07-22-2015 Email

The Internet of things (IoT) is evolving rapidly and emerging at the center of a new digital era. One of the key components: machine-to-machine communication (M2M), which encompasses computing devices, sensors and other electronic systems that send and receive data and instructions within a connected and often automated framework. Already, M2M communication is unleashing significant innovation and transformation in our homes, businesses and cities. A new report from telecommunications firm Vodafone and Circle Research, M2M Barometer 2015, examines the topic and offers insights into where organizations are at and how they are navigating this space. The survey of more than 650 global business and IT leaders found, among other things, that M2M creates opportunities but also introduces new demands and risks for organizations. In fact, there's a growing need for CIOs and other leaders to focus on the IoT and M2M space in order to achieve competitive advantage and drive results. Here's a look at some of the highlights.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).


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