Internet of everything
Internet of everything

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2.4.1 M2M connections

Machine-to-machine (M2M) connections occur when data is transferred from one machine or 'thing' to another over a network. Machines include sensors, robots, computers, and mobile devices. These M2M connections are often called the internet of things.

An example of M2M is a connected automobile that is signaling that a driver is almost home, which prompts the home network to adjust the home temperature and lighting.

Figure 19 M2M connections within the IoT

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