Be prepared for a marketing blitz around Machine-to-Machine (M2M), the Internet of Things (IoT), and the "Industrial Internet" in 2013.
Those three are all the same thing, by the way.
We've compiled expertise on the topic across ZDNet and TechRepublic and from the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia and wrapped it all together into an ebook that can give business leaders the information that they need to know to quickly get up to speed on M2M and assess its potential benefits. This ebook is a free PDF download for registered ZDNet and TechRepublic members. (You may need to update some details before downloading.)
At its core, M2M is all about tiny sensors that collect data and automatically transmit that data to servers or the cloud, where it can quickly be translated into useful analysis.
The end game is to get deeper insights and real-time feedback that can help you make faster and better decisions. This obviously ties into big data and there are certain industries -- such as manufacturing, health care, and public utilities -- where this is going to have a huge impact in the immediate future.
TechRepublic and ZDNet have put together a series of articles to help you understand the state of M2M, see how it can be used to generate business benefits, understand the security and privacy hurdles to overcome, and get a look at a few examples of M2M in action in the real world.