your own applications, such as your refrigerator reporting its temperature or
contents. Or, how about turning on your sprinkler system from anywhere or
checking the presence or location of your golf cart? Many applications make
use of some location technology like GPS to pinpoint the position of the
object being monitored or controlled.
Many possibilities are totally worthless and ridiculous. Yet many will
make sense, and these will be viable because of the low cost of the hardware
to do it.
M2M and the Internet of Things are in the early stages now but
development and adoption is on-going. Massive growth is predicted over the
years as the industry figures out the best applications. With new standards in
the works, M2M is set to become a real influence in your life. NV
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