“Internet of things” or IoT is one of those buzzwords that everyone keeps talking about but hardly anybody truly understands what it is. We at DCMME decided it was time for us to demystify IoT.
What’s IoT?– The IoT is a giant network of connected “things”. 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). Some common examples of IoT devices include the Amazon Echo, Smart Watch, Nest Learning Thermostat and the Philips Hue-Smart Home Lighting.
Why IoT?- Say for example you bought some meat from your nearby grocery on Sunday. The next day the batch of meat that you bought was recalled by the manufacturer. What if your refrigerator sends you a text that you need to throw out that piece of meat? What if the refrigerator knew when it was running low on supplies and automatically re-ordered more? What if the wearable device you used in the workplace could tell you when and where you were most active and productive and shared that information with other devices that you used while working? On a broader scale, the IoT can be applied to things like transportation networks: “smart cities”.
This is part of a series of articles on Internet of Things.