IoT stands for the ‘Internet of Things’ and encompasses a whole range of objects – from smart alarms to self-driving cars, fitness devices and even fridges.
The term was reportedly first used by Proctor & Gamble in 1999 to “attract senior management’s attention to a new exciting technology.”
In its simplest terms, the IoT is a giant network of connected things and people which collects and shares data about the way each are used and the environment around them.
Smart ‘things’ have built-in sensors that connect to the internet and use an IoT platform to send and receive information to make a thing smarter and more efficient.
The IoT platform then acts as a middleman, integrating data from various connected things and applying analytics to streamline and share information it considers valuable with an application, to improve a user experience.
These IoT platforms can be a useful, powerful tool to detect patterns, make recommendations and detect problems or risk before an incident occurs.
The same way our senses allow us to understand the world around us, sensors enable machines and objects to collect information about their environments.
Sensors can measure almost anything, including temperature and humidity, moisture, air quality, motion and light. When connecting these sensors with the internet, data can be collected from the environment to gather insight and drive action.
Taking the example of an ‘intelligent’ smoke alarm, there are endless possibilities of how the IoT could be used to create smarter, safer cities of the future.
For example, a smoke alarm that’s connected to the IoT detects a fire and goes into alert mode. This could then automatically trigger:
With IoT sensors in place, data such as where a fire started, how far it has spread and how quickly it is moving can be easily collected. All this information can be sent to local fire departments’ computer systems, which can then organise their own proportionate response.
By understanding the exact nature of a fire, a smart IoT enabled fire system could deploy different safety measures to minimise damage to the wider building. It’s even possible that drones or robots will be despatched to help fight fires in the future.
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