The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals, or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
An IoT ecosystem consists of web-enabled smart devices that use embedded processors, sensors and communication hardware to collect, send, and act on data they acquire from their environments. IoT devices share the sensor data they collect by connecting to an IoT gateway or other edge device where data is either sent to the cloud to be analyzed, or analyzed locally. Sometimes, these devices communicate with other related devices and act on the information they get from one another. The devices do most of the work without human intervention, although people can interact with the devices -- for instance, to set them up, give them instructions, or access the data. The connectivity, networking, and communication protocols used with these web-enabled devices largely depend on the specific IoT applications deployed.
There are numerous real-world applications for the internet of things, ranging from consumer IoT and enterprise IoT to manufacturing and industrial IoT (IIoT). IoT applications span numerous verticals, including automotive, telco, energy, and more.
In the consumer segment, for example, smart homes that are equipped with smart thermostats, smart appliances, and connected heating, lighting, and electronic devices, can be controlled remotely via computers, smartphones, or other mobile devices.
Wearable devices with sensors and software can collect and analyze user data, sending messages to other technologies about the wearer with the aim of making users' lives easier and more comfortable. Wearable devices are also used for public safety -- for example, improving first responders' response times during emergencies by providing optimized routes to a location, or by tracking construction workers' or firefighters' vital signs at life-threatening sites.
IoT-based smart farming systems can help monitor a variety of conditions - for instance, light, temperature, humidity and soil moisture of crop fields - using connected sensors. IoT is also instrumental in automating irrigation systems.
IoT offers many benefits, including the ability to monitor patients more closely, and to analyze and share the data that's generated. Hospitals often use IoT systems to complete tasks such as inventory management, for both pharmaceuticals and medical instruments.
Smart buildings can, for instance, reduce energy costs using sensors that detect how many occupants are in a room. The temperature can adjust automatically -- for example, turning the air conditioner on if sensors detect a conference room is full, or turning the heat down if everyone in the office has gone home.
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