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What Is the Internet of Things?

by Marjory Bloom

Smart toasters, virtual reality headsets, and connected footballs are just some of the unique items being connected to the web as part of the Internet of Things (IoT). There’s a lot of noise about IoT and its impact on everything around us, from the way we travel and do our shopping to how manufacturers track their inventory. But what is IoT? How does it work? And why is it important?

Here’s everything you need to know about the connected world.

What Is IoT?

The Internet of Things is the concept of connecting a device to the internet and to other devices. The term is increasingly being used to define objects that connect or “talk” to each other. The IoT, a giant network that is made up of devices, includes an extraordinary number of smart devices — like home security and automation devices, self-driving cars, fitness and activity trackers, connected appliances, and inventory managers. The devices collect and share data about the way they are used and the environment around them.

white smart power socket laying on hardwood floor

How Does IoT Work?

Devices use built-in sensors that are connected to an IoT platform, which integrates data from different devices. The IoT platforms can pinpoint the data that’s useful and apply analytics to share only the most valuable information. Each device collects data for a specific purpose that might be useful to the buyer or the industry.

  • For example, with industrial applications, sensors on product lines can increase efficiency and reduce waste.
  • For fitness applications, wearable devices can measure heart rate and the number of steps taken each day to suggest an exercise plan tailored to the individual’s daily lifestyle.

man using smartwatch fitness tracker on light background, collage with sports data on virtual screen.

Why Is IoT Important?

The world has more connected devices than people.

The IoT is quickly transforming the way businesses and humans interact with the rest of the connected world. IoT provides many benefits across different industries. It makes connected cities safer through location tracking. It streamlines asset tracking to make it more cost-effective. It creates a more personalized approach to healthcare. It simplifies solutions for efficient energy consumption. With the insights provided by analytics comes the power to make our lives more efficient.

Woman controls smart kettle using app on phone

If you’re looking for a smart object or system to automate certain tasks within your home, or you need a fitness-tracking device for a healthier lifestyle, an IoT device may be the next move for you! Contact us at 815-729-1050 to learn more about options for connected technology.