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M2M Something Old, Something New

Posted by Felix Chuang on 11/15/2011
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I just recently got married, so pardon me for the analogy, but I have   had wedding on the brain for months now.  But it got me thinking…the   marriage of the Internet with machine-to-machine connected devices   brings this concept into a brand new light.  Something old – the   Internet. Something new – the Internet of Things.  “What do you mean by the ‘Internet of Things’?” you ask.

Well, according to Wikipedia, the Internet of Things is commonly defined as:

“Uniquely identifiable objects   (things) and their virtual representations in an Internet-like   structure…Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is often seen as a   prerequisite for the Internet of Things. If all objects of daily life   were equipped with radio tags, [so] they could be identified and   inventoried by computers...”

McKinsey & Company takes the concept even further in the following:

“In what’s called the Internet of   Things, sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects—from roadways   to pacemakers—are linked through wired and wireless networks, often   using the same Internet Protocol (IP) that connects the Internet. These   networks churn out huge volumes of data that flow to computers for   analysis. When objects can both sense the environment and communicate,   they become tools for understanding complexity and responding to it   swiftly.”

There’s even a new comic book dedicated to explaining the Internet of Things.

Translation: Every person, car, appliance –  thing–   will be married to an IP-address and connected through the Internet to   transmit data back and forth, just like computers “talk” to one another   today.

For example, the day will likely come when you run out of milk and   the refrigerator transmits a wireless signal to your smartphone, so the   next time you stop at the grocery store, you pick up a half gallon. Or   your car will tell, and schedule an appointment with, your mechanic   directly when it needs a replacement part.  IBM released this thought provoking video about the Internet of Things.

Our lives are becoming more intertwined with the Internet and   machine-to-machine applications (i.e. the Internet of Things) are   becoming more evident by the day.  Many have never considered the fact   that technology now truly has this capability. However, we at KORE, have   long since recognized this benefit of machine-to-machine (M2M)   connected devices. Rather than proclaiming the future possibilities of   these connections, we strive every day to create value within   businesses; whether it is providing the wireless connection for remote   healthcare monitoring systems, so the patient never has to leave the   comforts of their own home. Or helping fleets determine the exact   locations of their shipments, the speed of the trucks and the specific   temperature of the cargo hold.  Regardless of the application, KORE aims   to provide cost effective wireless connection to keep all your devices   communicating.

So the next time you read about the trendy name, Internet of Things,   just imagine that bride in white and think to yourself, a good marriage   is a great thing and while you’re at it - wish me luck in this new   adventure too.  

By Felix Chuang, Senior Product Manager

Felix Chuang is Senior Product Manager at KORE Telematics, an industry leader in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless market. He has more than fifteen years of experience in the Internet and wireless industries in a broad range of roles such as product management, business development, and operations. He is currently focused on the KORE Global Connect product line, which provides a single SIM for M2M network service in 180+ countries and 230+ carriers.

He can be found on twitter at: @felixc and KORE Telematics can be found at: @koretelematics

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