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Machine-to-Machine: Reinventing Embedded Devices for Smart Services

Reinventing Embedded Devices for Smart Services

M2M Transformation

Imagine sending an email to someone every day and never hearing back. Many of today’s dumb devices will generate the same frustration in the coming years.

Just as the demand for information services catapulted the Internet, the same factors are driving the embedded Internet and requiring smarter devices to play a larger role in delivering intelligent services. This also enables financial gain for innovators and services providers utilizing the ‘smart’ devices of the future for ever increasingly smart services.

Connecting the “Internet of Things”

One of the great enablers for the Internet is the proven path to market for entrepreneurs creating an application. Language and protocol standards are in place enabling applications to run on any server and eliminating the need to build and certify a hardware platform because of the standardized hardware and software environment (HTTP, APIs, standard PC peripherals, etc). In comparison, the value chain for the “Internet of Things” is highly fragmented and proprietary today. Deploying a new service on a typical set of embedded devices requires the coordination of many hardware, software, supply chain, and service provider players. This is complex, costly and difficult for a services innovator who only desires to write and run the applications creating the tangible value.

The pace of innovation in the machine-to machine trend hinges on the availability of standards-based platforms that let developers do what they do best, write and deploy new services, instead of designing devices.

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