Machine-to-machine or M2M connectivity allows for communication between machines and devices and enables the transmission of data, either between the devices or back to a central operator.
When machines are deployed with M2M capability, the benefits for operators to access real-time actionable data, creates huge opportunities to better engage and interact with not just a single machine but across an entire network.
In the past, equipment users and manufacturers have relied on the static collection and retention of data through manual memory transmission such as flash memory sticks. High value assets were often connected via expensive physical hard-wired connections. More recently, devices could transmit live-data over wireless networks but would need to be within proximity of a network and therefore not suitable for mobile or remotely located devices. Wireless networks are unstable and considered far less secure than an equivalent cellular solution.
The latest evolution of machine connectivity and data access, and the one considered likely to be the most pervasive, is the transmission of machine data over a cellular network. Cellular networks are considered the most stable, most secure and most easily scalable option for machine data transmission. Perhaps most importantly, cellular connections unlock the ability for M2M to function on mobile or remotely located devices.