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The Difference between IoT and M2M

Did you know that on average a healthy adult is awake for 15 hours and 45 minutes every day and eventually spends 45% of that time using technology? That’s not it, you go around your house or workplace, and you realize that, wait a minute! 70% of your world already revolves around machines and robots. Starting with an alarm clock to wake you up, the use of an electrical toothbrush to brush your teeth or a powered razor to give yourself a clean shave; to the use of a toaster, heater, coffee maker and even your car batteries – you depend on technology to kick-start your day.
So would you ever imagine a world without these machines or better still only think about a day without your phone! It wouldn’t be anything less than a nightmare, trust me. These machines on which we have become so dependent have interlinked with our lives most crucially, and it does have many undesirable effects.
Nevertheless, we need to admit the fact that they make our increasingly work-engrossed life way more comfortable. For example, would it be easier to spend your precious time and efforts over arranging for wood pieces to lighten up the fire in your chimney, then spend some more extra money to get your clogged up vent all cleaned up and finally be responsible for the ever-increasing rise in the air pollution caused by chimney smoke?
However, there’s no need to give yourself an anxiety attack over thinking how helpless you would rather be without these life-saving machines and appliances because the exciting news about today’s generation is that every progress in this field is impressive. And this means the developments being made by IoT (internet of things) and M2M (machine to machine).
For those of you who have never heard of this term before, can be assured that it’s not rocket science. In fact, these terms only refer to the things around you that have internet access or can exchange data without being physically attached to a wire.


Internet of things as the name implies has everything to do with the internet, and clearly, anyone would own up to the fact that where there’s the internet, there is also a solution to every possible problem whether you are stranded on an island or are lost in the middle of an unknown place. However, when we specifically talk about the IoT, we rise to just another level. This is a network of physical devices that can connect to each other and exchange data over long distances. Despite its remarkable contributions in the field of medicine, agriculture, energy management, and transportation, its role in the industrial revolution and the construction industry is beyond amazing.
In the present age, when time and convenience is everything, we as humans need to make sure that anything we create for ourselves makes our lives easier and more comfortable. This is when IoT plays a pivotal role as it helps to connect the different branches of a factory and its engineering offices. This probably means that you can sit in the factory and operate the devices or machinery located in another place miles away. So now, being miles away from the different parts of your workplace is not a problem at all. You get it all together just with the click of your hand. Through the development of IoT sensors monitoring machines have become increasingly cost-effective and efficient! And what’s more that can blow your mind away is the fact that these sensors can ensure the quality control of the product, so that also eliminates the slow humanly inspection of each product.
Moreover, the IoT meaningful data analysis can improve your overall data saving and monitoring. The smart dust has proved to work like pixie dust that makes your work so much easier.


M2M, on the other hand, is an entirely different deal. It is more like a machine to machine connection however with similar promises as the IoT.
M2M works on a slightly smaller scale. With M2M you won’t see a factory plant being operated by the click of a single button from miles away. However what you will experience, is an entire fascinating integrated network formed between the manufactures and their machines. For example, M2M tools give manufacturers the advantage of receiving alerts from the devices in operation that they need servicing and moreover, can search for the correct equipment and order it online. It’s almost like the machine is coming and telling you what’s wrong with it and what needs to be done.
One of the most significant favors done by M2M for the industrial field is to continually operate its energy expenditure, by keeping track of the energy being used. Although like IoT, M2M can also facilitate remote access to machine data, however, it has only limited itself to improve the service management applications.
The IoT, on the other hand, works on a larger scale as it integrates the device and sensor data with the actual mega data, consequently bringing improvements at the level of the whole industry. Nevertheless, more research is being carried out over M2M, and there is a potential of many more industrial applications being performed by the M2M technology.

What's the difference?

Although there is not much of a difference between the two, however on the basic level they can be differentiated on various levels. M2M is all about machines, smartphones, and appliances whereas IoT is more about things for example sensors and other cyber-based physical systems.
M2M focuses more on the maintenance level, for example, alerting the manufacturers about a possible defect in the machinery whereas IoT is more committed toward integrating vast systems together. M2M is more hardware based while IoT is more software based. With the higher advancement and thorough research made on both the methods, a world with greater possibilities and extensive facilities would soon be the next hype of the century.
With IoT, M2M and Building Information Modeling (BIM) coming into the picture, we can say that every industry including construction, agriculture, manufacturing and transport will change for the better.