Internet of Things
Unless you’ve been living under that proverbial rock, you’ve heard of the Internet of Things (IoT). It seems like companies of all shapes and sizes are rushing to ensure they’ve got their fingers in this ever-growing pie. However, what IS the Internet of Things, really?
IoT technology is really nothing more than the ability of one machine to talk to another. At heart, that’s nothing new. Servers and workstations have been doing it for years. However, what is new is the types of “machines” that can now speak to one another across a home or business network. Think light fixtures, refrigerators and garage door openers.
And, not only can these devices communicate with one another, but they can communicate with their owners and users, as well. It’s a very big step towards the automated life of the future predicted back in the 1950s and 60s, and it’s here today.
Where is this technology leading us, though? What is possible now, and what will be possible in the near future? What impact will the Internet of Things have on our lives? Within this book, we’ll take a closer look at why things matter, how they communicate, and what it all means.