Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Machines Are Talking a Lot

Bergstein, Brian. "The Machines Are Talking a Lot." Technology Review, February 14, 2012.

From the article: "Cisco estimates that the amount of data that was ferried to and from mobile devices last year was eight times greater than the data on all of the Internet in 2000. Global mobile data traffic is expected to see an 18-fold increase between 2011 and 2016. Not surprisingly, video is a big reason: Cisco expects there to be 7.6 exabytes of data flowing to mobile devices every month in 2016, about 70 percent of the total of 10.8 exabytes of data per month. …But you might be surprised by the second-leading source of the expected surge in traffic. It won't come from people, but from machine-to-machine communications, or "M2M." Think of sensors in cars and in appliances, surveillance cameras, smart electric meters, and devices still to come, monitoring the world and reporting to each other and to centralized computers what they're detecting." Read more

See Also
Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2011–2016, prepared by Cisco, February 14, 2012.