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GREATTerry
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GREATTerry   11/9/2011 1:19:51 AM
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machines talking to each other is a very interesting idea. How about the standardization of the "talk" protocol? What kind of wireless technology is needed? I guess the technology must be very power efficient otherwise the electric bill will be a problem.

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SylvieBarak   11/9/2011 1:41:23 AM
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yeah, we're talking about tiny, minute wireless chips, terry. Most don't even need 3G capability, it's possible in most cases to get away with 2G. Standardizing things could be a little difficult though as there is still the whole CDMA vs GSM technology split....

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aefelgate   11/9/2011 2:49:37 PM
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SMS is probably the most efficient method of transmitting information in M2M. SMS uses the more powerful control channel in the cellular connection. Most M2M information is small, bursty status updates or tiny control signals, such as "Arm" or "Disarm". Leveraging Twitter to deliver SMS messages to other machines that "Follow" each other is a simple way to enable autonomous M2M among machines.

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jj123   11/10/2011 2:17:48 AM
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I am very interested in developing M2M embedded computing applications. Sprint may want Engineers, but their doesn't seem to be any JOBS listed for Engineers to develop M2M apps on their web site. Something seems amiss ....

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jj123   11/10/2011 2:21:24 AM
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The author should have included the website m2m.sprint.com/

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goafrit   11/10/2011 3:16:25 AM
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Do not waste your time in Sprint. Ask yourself if it can survive the next 2 years with competitions from Verizon and AT&T

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old account Frank Eory   11/10/2011 3:57:38 AM
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This is very cool, and thirty engineers with a large support staff is not insignificant. I wish them the best in pursuing the dream of "the Internet of things".

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SylvieBarak   11/10/2011 7:53:44 AM
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You're right jj123, I should have included that link, I'm sorry. If you are interested in submitting your resume to Sprint, I'm sure they'd be happy to read it.

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GordonScott   11/10/2011 9:14:13 AM
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I would think for many things you'd get away with ZigBee or something similar, (maybe in 5GHz band), provided the machines are reasonably close together. Obviously as range increases, cellular becomes the solution of choice, though it's rather fashion-driven, which can be a nuisance in M2M situations ... major change-outs as the technology heads towards obsolete. But so long as that's factored into the business, it should be manageable. For very long range, you'll presumably be into satellite comms, though I guess things like marine oil rigs already have a suitable global infrastructure. I have to say that strictly speaking, M2M mobile messaging is far from new .. I've was involved with it as an aside to mobile people messaging, H2M and M2H, between the early 70s and 2002, but the increasing availability of higher bandwidth infrastructure add much more 'power to the elbow' in the field. It can indeed be a surprisingly interesting field.

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rogerrobie68   11/11/2011 8:22:47 PM
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Sorry, but who would want to work under that tool, Dan Hesse?

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