Look for "The Internet of Things" (IoT) -- also known as machine-to-machine (M2M) -- to be one of the hottest topics in business technology in 2013. That's why ZDNet and TechRepublic are making IoT/M2M the global topic of the month for January, and that's why we dedicated an entire webcast to the topic as part of our IT Factor series.
During this webcast, Larry Dignan and I go through the business pact of M2M and where it has the greatest potential to create value in the near future.
How to define IoT/M2M
How it relates to big data
Examples of where it's happening already
The infrastructure and IT requirements
Which industries will be most impacted by IoT
The privacy/security implications
How long it will take to have a larger societal impact
Our colleague Juan Martinez serves as the moderator for this 30-minute discussion.
You can view the webcast over on TechRepublic. It is free to all registered ZDNet and TechRepublic members (if you aren't already registered then it only takes a moment). Once you're registered, you'll be able to open the web console to watch the webcast.