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An intelligent device is a machine, instrument, piece of equipment or any other device with internal computing capability. The current list of intelligent devices is extensive, including personal and hand-held computers, cars, home appliances, geological equipment, medical instruments and equipment, aircraft, weaponry, and cameras.
Network connectivity for intelligent devices is being used for an ever-increasing variety of products. To manage these over the Internet a new category of software is being designed, called device relationship management (DRM) software, which manages, services and monitors diverse intelligent devices.
In February of 2009, Harbor Research, a world leader in market research and consulting experts for machine to machine (M2M) communication and smart services, published its 2009-2013 M2M / Pervasive Internet Market Forecast Report report, which estimated that: