Basics of Machine-to-Machine communication (M2M)

What is M2M communications?

According to Wikipedia

Machine to machine (M2M) refers to technologies that allow both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same ability.

  • M2M uses a device (such as a sensor or meter) to capture an event (such as temperature, inventory level, etc.)
  • Data captured via sensors is relayed through a network (wireless, wired or hybrid) to an application (software program),
  • Data captured in software program ( translates the captured event into) provides meaningful information 

What in a name?

The abbreviation M2M denotes various concepts, 
  • Man-to-Machine
  • Machine-to-Man (meaning communication between a human operated device and a machine)
  • Machine-to-Mobile and Mobile-toMachine 
  • communication refers to communication between 
computers, embedded processors, smart sensors, 
actuators and mobile devices without, or with only 
limited, human intervention [2].

Scope of work and future 

Examples and case studies

Air-traffic control systems


Auto fueling of trucks

Software geeks language 

M2M infrastructure integration: remote measuring and controlling devices, telemetry data

Network information systems


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