As one of the most pervasive technological trends to have emerged in the 21st century, there are few areas of our daily lives that have not been touched by the so-called ‘internet of things’.
But what exactly is the ‘internet of things’ and why will it prove to be such an important force in the years to come?
What is the ‘internet of things’?
The ‘internet of things’ (IoT) is essentially the network of physical objects that have embedded within them software, sensors and other digital and networked technologies that allow them to connect and exchange data between them. This exchange of data and information occurs through the internet and captures connections between devices that include everything from ordinary household objects — such as fridges or your kettle — to highly sophisticated industrial tools.
Although the IoT is often presented as the ‘future’ of technology, it is already very much all around us. Online devices have now become essential in a range of industries and sectors, with everything from agriculture and healthcare now reliant on these technologies. This is in addition to the many IoT devices found throughout the average household.
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