As people and devices with electronic systems become more inter-connected, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology is poised to become a powerful force in the 21st century. There are billions of electronic devices in the world today that are well-suited to take advantage of M2M technology. These devices range from security surveillance cameras casting a watchful eye on the street below, handheld medical devices that scan and transmit vital data to a healthcare professional miles away, to smart home appliances such as refrigerators, stove tops, climate control systems, etc. that add safety, convenience, and comfort to the home. There is an abundance of electronic devices waiting to benefit from M2M technology with enhanced productivity and performance for businesses and users alike. This paper defines the concept of M2M, cites examples on how M2M is being implemented in various businesses/industries, and discusses how some of the partners in M2M are beginning to offer innovative solutions.

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