What’s the difference between M2M and IoT?

12 September 2014
Report type: Research Note
Keywords: IoT, internet of things, internet, things, M2M, machine-to-machine, IoE, subnet, IoTS, define, definition, data, ontology, ontologies, semantic,
Number of Pages: 6

It seems like only yesterday that Machine-to-Machine (M2M) was the buzzword used by the telecoms and IT industries when considering our connected future. We have spent the last couple of decades connecting people to the internet. The next task was therefore to connect devices (to people and to each other), and the term M2M seemed to fit this endeavor quite well. So what’s the difference between this connected future environment and any concept of a connected future environment that might be conjured up by the term Internet of Things (IoT).

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