Recently, while visiting another company that works in the IoT space, I got into a discussion with one of their technical leads. We were talking about the difference between M2M and IoT, and his view was that they were essentially the same thing. As far as he was concerned, IoT merely adds new sensors to collect data at lower price points, and more powerful computation capabilities at the enterprise to enable massive data mining and analytics. He summed it up by saying something along the lines of, “We measure the data with new sensors, we transmit it to the enterprise, and then some clever people do clever things to transform the data into actionable information”.
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By Tim Taberner. It’s very easy to talk about IoT while missing the devil in the detail. “We send the data to the enterprise” is a very obvious example of this. If you really want to know the difference between M2M and IoT, consider the phrase, “I don’t know what I don’t know”. M2M systems have historically ignored the unknown, whereas IoT architectures embrace it.