Internet of Things (or IoT for short) is a tech concept that has made its way into everyday conversation. The vagueness of the word ‘things’ can spark confusion and although most tech savy people will have an idea of the concept of IoT, many more will find it hard to pin down exactly what Internet of Things is.
So what does IoT really mean?
The Internet of Things is a network of physical objects that contain internet-aware technologies. So many objects (or things) we use daily contain an internet component: computers, smart phones, network connected TVs, smart appliances, your car, wearable fitness trackers. These physical ‘things’ are integrated into our lives and communicate with each other without requiring any human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Some people call it “M2M” or Machine-to-Machine. Essentially, the idea is that these devices will be able to, and oftentimes already can, identify themselves to other devices and work with each other to communicate and perform certain functions.
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