Internet of Things

hhmmm the Internet of Things aka. IoT
People ask me, what is it?
The term was first coined back in 1999.
Interesting that it has taken so long to emerge and begin to become mainstream.
It is certainly going through a hyper phase at the moment; of what is and what might be achievable.
Within 24 months we will have embraced it or become entwined in the technology and taken it for granted, perhaps with some trepidation in the early stages.

But, what is it? A few definitions will help to explain ...
A definition:
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an environment in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction
Another definition:
Simply put this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.  This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.  As I mentioned, if it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.

And another definition:
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronicssoftwaresensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration between the physical world and computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.

Basically it is the concept of smart enabled devices hooking up and transparently and seamlessly interacting with the local environment (network) and delivering smart outcomes ... quote: Bob Schnell.

Here are some links to more information ...


  1. I sort of have an understanding now.
    Imagine the marKeating potential.
    It's a brave new world.


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