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Difference between IoT and M2M

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In this article, we will discuss the main Difference between IoT and M2M. But before discussing the differences, we will know about the IoT and M2M.

What is IoT?

IoT (Internet of Things) is the network of physical objects embedded with software, sensors, and other technologies to connect and share data with multiple devices over the internet. It is an environment in which devices share the data via the networking media known as the internet. Users can build fast, scalable, high-performance networks by connecting a wide range of devices via the technologies with the use of IoT devices.

For example, an air conditioner’s sensor may collect the data on outside temperatures and change its temperature to increase or decrease according to the outside environment’s temperature. Likewise, the refrigerators may change their temperature accordingly, too.

What is M2M?

M2M stands for Machine to Machine communication. It is a direct communication system between the devices using wired or wireless communications channels without any human interaction. It collects the data and shares it with other connected devices. It is a technology that allows devices without the use of the internet to connect between devices. Various applications, such as defense, monitoring and tracking, production and facility management, are provided by M2M communications.

Difference between IoT and M2M

Basis ofIoTM2M
AbbreviationInternet of ThingsMachine to Machine
IntelligenceDevices have objects that are responsible for decision makingSome degree of intelligence is observed in this.
Connection type usedThe connection is via Network and using various communication types.The connection is a point to point
Communication protocol usedInternet protocols are used such as HTTPFTP, and Telnet.Traditional protocols and communication technology techniques are used
Data SharingData is shared between other applications that are used to improve the end-user experience.Data is shared with only the communicating parties.
InternetInternet connection is required for communicationDevices are not dependent on the Internet.
Type of CommunicationIt supports cloud communicationIt supports point-to-point communication.
Computer SystemInvolves the usage of both Hardware and Software.Mostly hardware-based technology
ScopeA large number of devices yet scope is large.Limited Scope for devices.
Business Type usedBusiness 2 Business(B2B) and Business 2 Consumer(B2C)Business 2 Business (B2B)
Open API supportSupports Open API integrations.There is no support for Open APIs
It requires Generic commodity devices.Specialized device solutions.
Centric Information and service centric Communication and device centric.
Approach usedHorizontal enabler approach Vertical system solution approach .
Components Devices/sensors, connectivity, data processing, user interface Device, area networks, gateway, Application server.
ExamplesSmart wearables, Big Data and Cloud, etc.Sensors, Data and Information, etc.

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