IoT/IIoT (Internet of Things/Industrial Internet of Things) is the highly automated communications process by which measurements are made and collected at inaccessible or remote points and transmitted to receiving equipment for monitoring.
The wireless data transfer can be delivered over mobile 3G or 4G networks or through Private Network via RF wireless or IP Mesh. Although the term commonly refers to wireless data transfer it also encompasses data transferred over telephone or computer networks, optical links and other wired communications like phase line carriers.
Machine to machine (M2M) refers to technologies that allow both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same type. However, modern M2M communication has expanded beyond a one-to-one connection and changed into a system of networks that transmits data to personal appliances. The expansion of IP networks across the world has made it far easier for M2M communication to take place and has lessened the amount of power and time necessary for information to be communicated between machines.
Cloud connectivity is now becoming a significant piece of the M2M Solution as wireless connection speeds increase. APC offers Platforms as a Service (PaaS) which simplify machine networks by allowing users to manage deployments remotely.