By John Breeden II

“The next great horizon may well be machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

At the recent Oracle conference, the company was touting “an ecosystem of solutions” that uses embedded devices to facilitate real-time analysis of events and data among the “Internet of Things,” according to the Dr. Dobbs website.

Much of the M2M information is delivered in the form of sparse data, which can come from sensors and other non-IT devices. The data may itself be only a couple kilobytes and wouldn’t make much sense out of context. But there is so much of it being generated and taken together it can create a full picture. Applications are needed to not only enable devices to talk with others using M2M, but also to collect all the data and make sense of it.

Pretty much any device can be connected with M2M technology. In fact, Machina Research,  a trade group for mobile device makers, predicts that within the next eight years, the number of connected devices using M2M will top 50 billion worldwide.”

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