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Machine-to-Machine (M2M) systems known under a more popular name as Internet of Things (IoT) present a completely new paradigm in distributed computing. Every one of us is wearing at least one small computer in our pocket (mobile phone), on our wrist (watch) or inside a rucksack (tablet, laptop). Each of these little devices has more computing power than Eniac or steering computer of Apollo vehicle.
By 2020 the number of similar or even more powerful devices will reach 50 billion worldwide, all connected to the World Wide Web with its own myriads of servers, cloud services, web sites, social networks etc. Add to this other billions of sensors, gateways and cameras, interconnected with each other and to the internet, forming enormous flow of information. Those technologies change the way we live and work and have even bigger impact on IT business
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