What Is IOT?

In the simplest terms, the Internet of Things (IoT) is how we describe the digitally connected universe of everyday physical devices. These devices are embedded with internet connectivity, sensors and other hardware that allow communication and control via the web.    

IoT makes once “dumb” devices “smarter” by giving them the ability to send data over the internet, allowing the device to communicate with people and other IoT-enabled things.

The connected “smart home” is a good example of IoT in action. Internet-enabled thermostats, doorbells, smoke detectors and security alarms create a connected hub where data is shared between physical devices and users can remotely control the “things” in that hub (i.e., adjusting temperature settings, unlocking doors, etc.) via a mobile app or website. 

Far from being restricted to just the home, the Internet of Things can be found in an array of devices, industries and settings. From smart blackboards in school classrooms to medical devices that can detect signs of Parkinson’s disease, IoT is rapidly making the world smarter by connecting the physical and the digital.

In a nutshell, IoT works in the following way: 

  • Devices have hardware like sensors, for example, that collect data. 
  • The data collected by the sensors is then shared via the cloud and integrated with software. 
  • The software then analyzes and transmits the data to users via an app or website. 

INTERNET-OF-THINGS DEVICES

Internet-of-Things devices are all around us; constantly transmitting data and “talking” with other IoT devices. We come across IoT devices almost everyday in the form of virtual assistants, “smart” electronics and in our wearable health trackers. Each Internet-of-Things device tracks information in real-time and relays it to us to help make our lives safer, healthier or more efficient.

Smart devices connect to an IoT platform, described by the experts at IoT For All as “the support software that connects everything in an IoT system.” There are hundreds of IoT platforms and some are made by such industry giants as Oracle and IBM. 

Culled from builtin.com

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