In August the Internet passed an interesting milestone, the 5 billionth device was connected. Much of this growth was driven by cell phones, consumer electronics, but much of it has come and will continue to come from machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. These M2M communications come in the form of sensor networks that do various tracking and reporting. This could include anything from RFID tracking on shipments to video surveillance. What will be interesting to see is how long it takes from this point to 10 billion devices.
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