M2M is Becoming and Important Wireless Market

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  • Author: Gary Breed
Machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless communications is gaining momentum as a practical application. For those of you new to the concept, M2M is the direct connection of appliances, HVAC systems, lighting and other equipment to each other, and to a controlling network. It is the longpromised expansion of the Internet that will do more than just connect people to each other—it will add device-to-device monitoring and control without human involvement. M2M is not limited to the Internet, and in many cases it will be a self contained building control and monitoring system. But it is the capability to connect beyond the physical limits of one place that provides much of the anticipation as a new market application. In particular, it is seen as a key element in energy conservation, where a building owner, or a utility company, can monitor energy usage in detail and manage the supply and demand of electricity, gas or water.