When Wireless Sensors Meet Big Data
August 22, 2012
Information Week | Jeff Bertolucci
They're in vending machines, parking meters, home security systems,
and even healthcare devices for the elderly. They are wireless
sensors, a key component of the burgeoning machine-to-machine (M2M)
industry where devices use wired and wireless connections to
communicate with each other. Though far from new, M2M technology is
expanding its reach at a dramatic rate.
M2M connections will grow to 2.1 billion by 2021, up from
roughly 100 million last year, according to research firm
Analysis Mason. The dramatic growth of global smartphone
usage is a major factor in M2M's popularity, of course, as are
industrial applications in the transportation, emergency services,
security, and retail sectors.
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