What is the difference between M2M and IoT?

What is the difference between M2M and IoT? In this introductory article we will take a high level look, and introduce the novice to some fundamental concepts.

First off, both M2M and IoT are acronyms. M2M stands Machine to Machine (communications) while IoT is the Internet of Things. The acronym M2M has been around for a while, and in fact Raveon Technologies has been involved in M2M solutions for a decade. At the same time IoT is generally speaking a much newer acronym. Some people may consider M2M and IoT as the same thing, while others will have a very different viewpoint. In our own view IoT includes M2M solutions, but more as well.

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Raveon at IoT Evolution 2016

Raveon exhibited at this year’s IoTEvolution Expo in Ft. Lauderdale. At this years event Raveon presented it’s dynamic plug and play Narrow Band wireless data solutions while also introducing it’s upcoming line of small, high performance Daisy radios.

One of the highlights during the Expo was Raveon’s introduction of it secure, protocol independent, and high device volume DART gateway application.

Raveon is a manufacturer of Wireless Data Radio since 2004. Our passion is the manufacturing of reliable long life plug and play wireless connected data radios unconstrained by protocol, application, or connectivity limits resulting in one radio for virtually all your IoT and M2M application.

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What protocol will make it through the innovation stage?

Billions of connected devices will require thousands of applications to manage the transmission, reception, distribution, and sharing of this immense amount of data. In any fast emerging market there are fast emerging solutions; LoRa, Xigbee, Alljoyn, OIC, IIC, Z Wave, Thread, IPv6 and many more.

Adaptation and consumer value of connected devices will be driven by the user’s overall experience and benefit to all this great data now capable of being shared. Today the largest benefactors of IoT are from tracking objects, even if it’s just themselves, and utility scale telemetry. Smart Homes are projected to be the largest market segment representing over 3.5 billion devices by 2020, followed by smart building at 1.7 billion, then general industry at 1.5 billion, medical and transport at 400 million each.

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Carrier Detect and Busy Channel Lockout – A Collision Avoidance Mechanism

In a number of radio operating environments, whether data radios or voice radios, either system logistics or regulations may suggest a radio device listen for a signal on the intended frequency prior to transmission. This can serve a very useful purpose, as two radio transmissions occurring on the same frequency simultaneously within the same area will likely interfere with a receiver’s ability to clearly distinguish one transmission from another. This occurrence is conventionally called a collision, and thus collision avoidance is the goal.

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