The Internet of THINGS
In this series, Connected Spaces will be exploring the Internet of Things (IoT); what it is, how it works, and most importantly, how it can benefit your world and the world of your clients.
The Internet of Things (IoT) (also known as the Internet of Everything) refers to using existing internet infrastructure to interconnect uniquely identified computing-like devices allowing them to “talk” to each other. It provides such advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that it goes beyond simple machine-to-machine communications and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications.This interconnection of embedded devices is expected to usher in advanced automation in nearly all fields.
“Things”, in the Internet of Things refers to any device embedded with an IP address (a string of numbers separated by periods ) that uniquely identifies each computer/device using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network. These include household appliances, automobiles with built-in sensors, and field operation devices that assist fire-fighters in search and rescue. Objects in the IoT are not only devices with sensory capabilities, they are also able to initiate a process.
Current market examples include smart thermostat systems like NEST and washer/dryers that utilize WIFI for remote monitoring. New devices and applications are being introduced regularly.
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By 2020 research estimates that more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected as part of the Internet of Things. According to a recent survey and study done by Pew Research Internet Project, a large majority of the technology experts and engaged Internet users who responded—83 percent—agreed with the notion that the Internet of Things and embedded computing will have widespread and beneficial effects by 2025.
This network of ordinary, physical objects equipped with sensors and actuators will have the capacity to observe and collect information about their environments, then share that data with other objects within their network and perform based on their collective knowledge. The data gathered by these connected objects can be analyzed and used to improve our household environments.
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- The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is a non-profit, nonpartisan research organization, provides free data and analysis on the internet.