As the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution continues to grow and accelerate, many predict there will soon be more than 50 billion connected devices, with machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT technology creating a cacophony of constant communications. With so many machines talking to other machines, and occasionally even to humans, where is the noise?
We live in a connected, digital world, where binary is the universal language and with enough funky names and acronyms to make your head spin – HTTP, TCP/IP, Java, API, MQTT, M2M, IoT, RFID, and on and on. With so many conversations consuming an ever-increasing number of kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, and terabytes, let’s listen in to a typical M2M conversation between a smart vending machine and its local distribution office.
Hey Sensy, what’s shakin’? Haven’t heard from you in a while.
Yeh – true, true. I just haven’t needed anything recently.
Looks like I’m getting low on Diet Coke, Sprite and Dasani.
Got ya – not a problem. I’ll dispatch the human. And hey, I see that dollar bill attempts vs. accepts are a little out of whack, so I’ll have him check that, too. Don’t want to lose any sales, ya’ know.
Thanks man – you’re the best. BTW – what are sales?
When you dispense, those card swipes you transmit and that money the human collects all comes here to the office. They use it to pay for the inventory and to pay the humans.
The humans get paid? WTF?
Yep, and the company has to pay for gas for the delivery truck and a bunch of other expenses, so that’s why they installed you. You’re the brains, dude! Before you, they sent a truck every week, needed or not.
No shit? OMG! That’s pretty stupid. What a waste!
No kidding! After you showed up, the company has saved hundreds of dollars for your one location, alone. The data server on the 5th floor told me that overall, the company saved over a hundred thousand dollars last year.
Holy crap! We did that?
It’s what we do, my friend. We’re freakin’ MACHINES! See you later, Sensy. Let me know if you need anything.
Yeh, like I have a choice…