Every year or two, M2M (machine to machine), based applications rise up the media agenda and a new age of super connected applications appears to dawn. They run along the lines of vending machines that dial in to say they’re feeling sick and in need of a service engineer, smart fridges that broadcast they are running low on milk, or a vehicle complaining that its wheels are about to fall off.
The ideas generally go down well in a world that is starting to believe that Sci-fi and fantasy tales, films and TV series might be true, but for someone brought up on the yet unachieved images of a 21st century future projected by Tomorrow’s World and Popular Mechanics, it is clear that in reality we have a long way to go, even if the vision is worthwhile.
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