Do Brazil, India, Germany and China know something about the machine-to-machine movement – a.k.a. M2M, or the Internet of Things -- that the U.K. and U.S. don't? And is that knowledge driving a greater acceptance of M2M in these countries than in the U.K. and U.S.?

The Internet of Things is sometimes referred to as the next frontier of the Internet as it will supposedly spawn gigantic connections of interconnected devices that will communicate with each other via a host of on-board sensors and the mobile Internet. It's said that such a massively connected Internet of devices will allow better management and monitoring of a wide range of machinery and systems, plus usher in a new age of personalized services.

"Today, M2M technology is primarily being used to collect vast amounts of machine data," said Sanjay Poonen, president of enterprise IT giant SAP's technology solutions and mobile division. "The 'Internet of Things' goes one step further by integrating data from machines, ERP, CRM systems, social media and more, in real time, allowing humans to intelligently interact with devices, devices with devices and devices back to humans -- the ultimate social media collaboration of man and machine." Read full story on InformationWeek


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