We’ve written a couple posts in the past related to Internet of Things (IoT) including what IoT apps can offer, and the announcement of a new operating system designed for IoT. We decided to dig into this topic a little deeper through a series of new blog posts, starting with this overview of what it is and why everyone is talking about it!

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The term Internet of Things was coined and first used by Kevin Ashton over a decade ago. The “things” commonly include objects, devices and remotes. The real value of the Internet of Things (IoT) is in information availability and consequently the decisions that can be made from it.

There’s a new gold rush happening and it’s not about precious metals. It’s about building innovative devices for consumers and connecting them to the cloud. New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said last March that devices are “really uninteresting without the cloud.”Internet of things data

This makes sense. If the device is collecting information through sensors or cameras, how and where will you analyze this data? After all, a low-end device like Raspberry Pi commonly found in hardware “things” will have limited compute power and storage space. The cloud fills this void and goes further by helping with security and device management.

Estimates vary on the number of IoT devices in the near term. By 2020, Gartner believes there will be 25 billion; Juniper Research says 38 billion; Cisco has projected 50 billion; and Michael Dell predicts 70 billion. They all agree that it will be a lot. Microsoft explains why:

In the next five years, the number of Internet-connected devices will be more than three times the total human population. These devices won’t be restricted to the smartphones and tablets we use now, but will include additional devices embedded into home appliances, elevators, automobiles, business environments, arm bands, clothing and much more. These devices will capture information about energy consumption, speed, temperatures, the presence of various gases, blood pressure, heart rate, program or hardware exceptions, and just about anything you can imagine.

Keep an eye on our blog because we’ll be sharing more about Internet of Things use cases, security and connectivity options in the coming weeks! And be sure to hit our “Let’s Talk” button if you’d like to speak to one of our account managers about creating software to integrate to with any of those “Internet of Things!”  

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