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Machine-To-Machine (M2M) communications have emerged as a cutting edge technology for next-generation communications, and are undergoing rapid development and inspiring numerous applications. This paper presents an investigation of the application of M2M communication in smart grid. First, an overview of M2M communications is given. The enabling technologies and open research issues of M2M communications are also discussed. Then, the authors address the network design issue of M2M communications for Home Energy Management System (HEMS) in smart grid. The network architecture for HEMS to collect status and power consumption demand from home appliances is introduced.
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