The Future’s Infrastructure is Connected with M2M [INFOGRAPHIC]

The way of the future is constant connection. We are already living in a world with 50 million sensors—in a few years, the number of sensors will increase to 2 trillion. This emerging machine-to-machine or M2M infrastructure will take connectivity to a whole new level.

M2M technology has been around as long as computer networking. Anytime information is collected, whether from a GPS tracking device to a programmable thermostat, and sent to a remote computer or database, it’s MSM technology at work. Today utility meters can communicate data of electric usage to the grid or your car’s OnStar can alert a emergency call center when the airbag deploys. By connecting machine A to machine B, M2M allows the two to communicate information to one another independently of human interaction.

In the future, M2M technology may help avert breakdowns of every kind. If even one part of a giant machine isn’t running smoothly, it could bring the whole thing to a grinding halt, but with M2M, field technicians would know about wear and tear as well as other problems with machines before they turn into breaks. By measuring normal patterns in machinery from temperature to sound to vibrations, anything out of the ordinary can be recorded and someone notified.

What would you like to see for the future of the connected field technician? Take a look at this infographic for predictions on M2M infrastructure and let us know in the comments section. And if you like what you see don’t forget to like and share with your friends!

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