The IoT is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes

September 25, 2020

The IoT is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes

First off, what is the IoT? It is the Internet of Things. What?

According to Wikipedia, IoT “describes the network of physical objects –‘things’- that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet”. Essentially, any object that can log “online” with an IP address and connect to other internet-enabled objects.

The concept can be overwhelming, especially considering this ever-growing web of devices is completely embedded into our everyday lives. Most people think of the typical things that make up their network, such as: computers, smartphones, and tablets. While these obviously have internet connectivity, many often forget about the other devices with unseen technology that also communicate with their surroundings via the internet. These include, but are not limited to: AV systems, vending machines, electronic appliances, speaker systems, security systems, thermostats, cars, electronic appliances, and household and commercial lighting. It’s probably safe to say that you encounter most, if not all, of these things every single day.

As far as total reach of the IoT, it’s estimated that by the end of “2020 there will be 26 times more connected things than people”. That is A LOT of devices and a lot of complexity.

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