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SMEs that tap Machine to Machine tech will punch above their weight

The technology providing the means to link diverse devices to the Net has up until now been the preserve of large corporations.

From smart cities to smart cars (above), there will be a quantum change in connectivity with connected devices set to grow from 4.4 million today to 10.3 billion by 2018, according to Machina Research.

MACHINE to Machine (M2M) technology, long touted as the next big thing in the communications revolution, is well and truly here. M2M provides the means to connect all sorts of devices to the Internet, anything from vending machines to defibrillators to cars, helping to create the "Internet of