Machine to Machine
M2M is a very broad term that refers to technologies that allow both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same type.
Modern M2M communication has expanded beyond a one-to-one connection and changed into a system of networks that transmits data to personal appliances. The expansion of IP networks across the world has made it far easier for M2M communication to take place and has lowered the amount of power and time necessary for the machines to communicate the information. These networks also allow an array of new business opportunities and connections between consumers and producers in terms of the products being sold.
In the health field, M2M is becoming an integral part of patient care, helping to cut costs as well as save lives. Sensors in the bathroom, by the bed or near the door can collect information without compromising the individual’s privacy. Remote monitoring devices can be used to allow clinicians to remotely monitor information about patients with chronic illness such as cardiac disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.