Internet of Things

So have you heard about this -The Internet of Things (IoT)? Pretty remarkable stuff, I’d say, although certainly not unexpected. Let me explain.

IoTRight now it’s possible to unlock your house, turn on your heat and watch your nanny cam from your Smartphone … this use of remote technology is how IoT rolls. You know … running your “things” using the internet. So, at the next cocktail party you attend … casually drop the term and see who bites or who excuses themselves to grab a cosmo. The actual definition (i.e. what Sheldon from Big Bang Theory would say) is “the interconnection of uniquely identifiable computing devices within the existing internet infrastructure.” The simple story is we will be able to monitor, control and program a large number of devices from the palm of our hand.

Interestingly enough, the concept of a network of smart devices was discussed as early as 1982, with a modified Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University becoming the first internet connected appliance, able to report its inventory and whether newly loaded drinks were cold. Who knew?

Fast forward to 2014 where the Internet of Things has evolved due to a convergence of multiple technologies, ranging from wireless communication to the Internet and from embedded systems  to micro-electromechanical systems  (MEMS). This means that the contributions of traditional fields of embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, automation (including home and building automation), and others all are enablers of the Internet of Things.

Some research estimates more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things (that would make it the Internet of Everything) by 2020!  As per 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/Cloud of Things and embedded and wearable computing will have widespread effects by 2025. That’s means a whole lot of bandwith for a whole host of benefits. Think I’ll have a cosmo now.

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