M2M has been around for at least 20 years, but the thing that comes with the progression (if such it is) to the IoT world is the idea of openness - of sharing data to generate surprising leaps in knowledge. By I.D. Scales.
At least according to Usman Haque, talking to me just over a year ago. This general idea of the value of sharing and openess was the driver for Haque’s Pachube (then Cosm, currently Xively). Now he’s taken what we decided was ‘social’ IoT the next logical step with the launch of Thingful.
It’s the same idea but this time with an emphasis on big data and an absolute focus on the value of ‘open’ data and information.