Imagine that while you are sleeping a colleague cancels a meeting via e-mail, which triggers the alarm clock to adjust so you can sleep for an extra 15 minutes, tells your coffee maker to delay the morning brew, and lets your car know to turn on later. As you head off to work in your warmed up vehicle, co-workers’ calendars have been updated and your office computer is booting up to be ready for your arrival.
Though that type of communication is not yet common, it is an example of what is possible in the growing industry known as Machine to Machine, or M2M. Many of the leading players in the field were in Boston this week for an event at the Renaissance Hotel called Axeda Connexion. It has been held in Boston for the past three years, with attendance climbing from 250 two years ago to more than 450 this year.